Not everything about a missionary`s life is "typical" ministry work. A good part of our day here at the Rec is spent cleaning, cooking, making phone calls, doing paperwork or fixing stuff around the house. However, in all these daily activities we seek to glorify our wonderful God who put us here to be His "Salt & Light" in the community.
Lakota Outreach Team July 19-24, 2015
From A (art circle) to B (bike clinic) and C (construction projects, community lunches) all the way through L (lawn mowing), R (reading corner), and S (swim trip), and even until W (wellness day, water fun for teens) the Oglala community of all ages was invited to participate in a variety of outreaches and events this week. Wednesday night the mission team from Denver hosted a family carnival outside the RecCenter with horseshoe tournament, bouncy houses, and a cookout. To top off the week, on Thursday we took about 60 kids swimming to Angostura and enjoyed a great day including a baptism at the beach.
Thank you, Lakota Outreach and No Limits Ministry Teams, for such a fun-packed and Christ-shining week!
Thank you, Lakota Outreach and No Limits Ministry Teams, for such a fun-packed and Christ-shining week!
Centro Cristiano July 8-11, 2015
This was the second year for the team from Gypsum, CO, and again they were a huge blessing to us and the Oglala community. Some of them put a back stop and fence around the new baseball field, while others organized a give-away; one of the young men shared his testimony during our Friday nite teen devotions, and we also had the chance to help out at a FCA soccer camp.
Soccer Match Oglala:Watertown June 25, 2015
Once again, the two teams met for a friendly yet highly competitive match on the Oglala home field. After 1:1 at halftime, the final score was 1:2 for our visitors who scored the winning goal just minutes before the whistle blew.
The Rec gym was open to all the trick-or-treaters, and we made sure that no one went home without candy and a hug.
Girl Trip to Denver
Lakota Outreach from Denver July 20-25, 2014
This was the hottest week of the year (yet?), and definitely one of the busiest! The mission team from Denver has been doing outreaches through the RecCenter for 18 years and established strong ties with the Oglala community. This week they offered children's programs in the gym, a women's circle with beading and other crafts, and daily community lunches; they also did some small work projects around the Rec, and took the Oglala kids on another great swim trip to Angostura.
Soccer Friendly Oglala vs. Watertown June 19
The Soccer World Cup in Brasil was nothing compared to this match in Oglala! Once again hosted at the Rec pitch, the two South Dakota teams met for a friendly (but nevertheless very competitive!) game. After a fast-paced first half and goals by Paul and Roman, the score was 1:1 and the match looked like it was going to end in a draw, too. But in the second half the competition got fiercer. Finally Carson and Leon scored the two winning goals! Final score 3:1 for the home team.
Gardening with Heidi June 2014
A garden is a lot of work, but since the reward is sweet and juicy and hot and yummy, even hard work can be fun! Heidi teaches her volunteer helpers everything from preparing the soil, planting, weeding, and taking care of the plants. Hopefully the kids learn to appreciate healthy garden food and also have open hearts to see more of God through His creation.
March for Jesus May 24, 2014
A strong wind blew into our faces - in definitely more than one way - as we marched the mile from Pine Ridge, SD into the small and infamous town of Whiteclay, NE. Organized by Norma Blacksmith, all Christians from the area were called to march and participate in lifting up the name of Jesus on the reservation and beyond. The turnout might not have been great when it comes to numbers, but we believe that it was not about us walking but Jesus in us, and no one is greater than He!
International Soccer Friendly May 22, 2014
Two teams with players from different nations and nationalities competed against each other in this fast-paced and high-scoring soccer friendly. Some of the guest stars flew in from Slovakia; the rest of the teams consisted of high-ranking soccer players from Oglala, Denver, and Lower Brule. The upcoming Soccer World Cup is nothing compared to this match! After the game everyone enjoyed Indian Tacos and had a good time.
Denver Team July 21-26, 2013
Once again, this mission team from Colorado Community Church and other Denver churches filled the week with lots of fun activities, work projects, community services, and outreaches. As the temperatures were right, the children enjoyed water games outside the Rec and even a swimming trip to Angostura. Not only for the ladies, daily workshops were offered where they could learn how to weave or do macrame flower pot holders - we were so blessed to have Leroy from our Oglala Church family as a teacher! Daily lunches were served to the community and many received a bit(e) of the Love of Christ! :-)
Soccer Oglala vs. Watertown June 20, 2013
We could have parted after 90 minutes with a fair and friendly 2:2, but... Since the audience was calling for penalty kicks, Oglala goalie Callie's strong nerves and arms helped to actually win the match 3:2 for the home team! The winning goal was scored by our guest player from Lower Brule, Roman. Thanks, man! What a great match - and we`re still all friends!!! :-)
Kids' Carnival & Family Fun Day June 12, 2013
Face painting, fun games and crafts, water balloons and - last but not least - a family cook-out made this a wonderful day for all those who joined us from the Oglala community. Thanks to the Honor Net team under leadership of Jake Jones from Tulsa, OK we also got a new pavilion set up on the playground to provide shade on more sunny summer days to come. With all those blessings in mind, still the most beautiful thing to see today was how all the hugs shared in the Love of God brought so many bright smiles to the children's faces - there were even enough hugs for the little puppies! :-)
Gardening with Heidi June 2013
These summer days are just perfect to get the garden going. Beans, onions, potatoes and corn are already planted; now Heidi is busy with her two little helpers for the day, getting the tomato plants into the ground too.
Planting a tree May 22, 2013
We are double thankful: First our Heavenly Father sent snow and rain to bring the much needed moisture back to South Dakota, and then an elementary school class from Chemnitz, Germany donated a tree to us! Ganz liebe Grüße und ein herzliches Dankeschön an Euch Kinder! Thank you for blessing the RecCenter and the people of Oglala with your great gift! We are hoping to watch the tree grow and sit under its shade during many happy summers to come...
Worship Burn April 12-13, 2013
Friday 6 pm through Saturday 6 pm
We just started into the 24 h Worship Burn with Ken Verheecke and band. Once again this event comes together as musicians / worship leaders from the area join us here in Oglala under the leadership of Native Nations Ablaze (www.nativenationsablaze.com). God put it on their hearts as a passionate vision to "raise a sound of worship on tribal lands". We are expecting to rest in the presence of God as the worship burn continues through the night and all the way until tomorrow evening. Please pray with us that worship will break the power of darkness on the reservation, and God`s light will bring freedom!
Community Cook-Out August 9, 2012
To finish off the soccer camp, all future Ronaldos and Hope Solos together with their parents and family were invited to a cook-out on our new deck. And of course everyone got a soccer ball - might find some broken windows in Oglala soon... :-)
New Deck behind the Rec July 23-26, 2012
Thanks to the construction crew from the Lakota Outreach Team from Denver, CO and a handful of helpers from Oglala, we got a new deck built at the back door to the RecCenter. Can`t wait to use it for the first barbecue. :-) Two of the Lakota workers shared their testimonies with the team Tuesday morning - it is amazing what Jesus is doing in their lives! Working together on the deck was a great chance to fellowship and participate in building the Kingdom of God in a hands-on way.
Lakota Outreach week July 23-26, 2012
After the rough start on Sunday with a power out and a mini tornado, things smoothened out weatherwise and we enjoyed a great week of fellowship and fun here at the RecCenter. Once again the Lakota Outreach team from Denver, CO blessed Oglala with various events such as a VBS, basketball camp, crochet and beading classes, a family night with a horseshoe tournament, rap concert and BBQ, and service projects to the community. It was a very busy week, but in all that has been going on it was always good to remember the focus of our ministry, or - as one lady from the Lakota Outreach team put it - "We are not so much here to teach how to crochet but to share the Love of Jesus." Thank you guys for coming and sharing!
Community Outreach July 16-19, 2012
While the heat seems to be getting to everyone, we still enjoyed a great week with Cherry Hills Community Church from Denver, CO. Every day after serving homemade lunches to everyone who comes to the Rec, they set up tables in the gym offering workshops to the children and adults. Among others, there was a pre-school learning center, bike repair workshop, community quilt project, bean bag sewing class, nail painting, and origami. They also brought a photographer who took pictures of Oglala families free of charge. Thursday was an outdoor "Olympia Family Day" with competitions like potato sack race plus a family barbecue and movie night. We had about 150+ in attendance! Last but not least, the team fixed up all the floors and laid new tiles in the old gym building. What a blessing it was to have you guys here. Thank you so much!
Summer Fun Day June 27, 2012
Swimming pools, face painting, balloons and crafts, food, and - last but not least - the newly opened playground made this a wonderful day for the Oglala community. Organized by our friends Jake Jones & team from Oklahoma. Thanks!
Boxing Smoker May 26, 2012
This Boxing Smoker hosted at the Rec was organized by the Kills Small family in memory of Elijah Martin, a young man from Oglala who took his own life a few years ago. It was a suicide prevention event, showing our youth that success in life comes with courage. All the fights were fair and it was a lot of fun watching the smoker and just hanging out with friends.
Building Projects 2011
Once again, our summer mission teams from all over the US blessed us with their tireless effort, muscle power, and generosity. Thanks to everybody who helped put on the new steel roof, build bunkbeds, break through the sanctuary wall, and remodel the stage area. We truly enjoy the benefit of their work! What an awesome place this old "Rec" is becoming!!!
Oglala PowWow 2011
Going to the powwow is like meeting family...