Over the years, our teams have all looked different. We have had teams with tiny kids, teams with mostly adults, teams that had over 65 people and teams that have dwindled under 20. This year, we have found the perfect number of people to bring with us to serve the Cheyenne River Reservation: 25.  It…

Another opportunity that consistency has afforded us is the ability to constantly improve how we work with the staff of the Cheyenne River Youth Project. The staff is now 100% Lakota, many of the staff members former kids who attended CRYP when they were young.  We have gotten to watch them grow and take on…

In many ways, it is easy to see the impact 8 years has had on both us as a group and the CRYP as an organization. In the Keya cafe, a local restaurant run by the teens at the Teen Center, you can sit on the Cole family’s former couches or in the Fleetwood family’s…

The South Dakota team has limited internet service, but we received this update yesterday! Our travels to South Dakota were uneventful (albeit long, given the 17 hour drive).  We arrived as anticipated  at around 6:00 on Sunday evening. The Team has been great. We have expended a lot of energy on projects around the Cheyenne…

Messiah has mission teams serving around the world this summer!  They are not always able to communicate with us back home, but when they do, you can find their updates via the links below.  Check back frequently for news and stories about how God is working in them and through them.  Please keep all the…

If you are interested in participating in a Summer Mission trip, now’s the time to get signed up!  Deposit deadlines are quickly approaching and several of the trips are filling up.  Please reach out to the trip leaders below for further details: ​​Uganda (June 13-24): Julie | jstroder@messiahnetwork.org Guatemala (June 13-20): Christy | christyweber31@gmail.com Poland (July 17-28): Beth…

The South Dakota Family Mission Trip is for families with children of all ages.  Each summer the team drives to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota to volunteer at the Lakota Youth Center. Is your family interested in serving in South Dakota this summer from June 13-21? Join us for one of our upcoming…

It’s time to think about this summer’s mission trips! Information meetings are taking place over the next week. Is God calling you to participate? Come to an information meeting to get all the details! Info Meeting for Uganda Summer Mission Trip Info Meeting for Guatemala Summer Mission Trip Info Meeting for Poland Summer Mission Trip

Thank you once again for joining hands with us to help bring smiles to the children of the Cheyenne River Reservation at Christmas.  Because of your support, there will be many more happy children anxiously awaiting Christmas morning.      If you have any other questions that are not answered here, visit our website:  www.friendsoflakotayouth.com. Letters are available…

Thursday was Transportation Day for over 40 kids in South Dakota. The mission team used that theme for activities throughout the day, including making airplanes and parachutes, playing with the hundreds of Hot Wheels cars donated by Messiah members, and running a special obstacle course. A new area was cleaned of large debris and some…

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