Summer Youth Mission Trip to Pine Ridge Native American Reservation
Our 2015 Summer Youth Mission Trip to Pine Ridge Native American Reservation, in South Dakota, was from June 27 to July 5, 2015.
YOUTH MISSION TRIP TO PINE RIDGE IN SOUTH DAKOTA, July 14-20, 2012.
Our team of 35 youth along with adult chaperones was part of a pilot project with Youth Works, titled “Youth Works Beyond”. This program allows for greater involvement and immersion in the culture and the community of the reservation we are serving.
South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation is surrounded by the panoramic beauty of the Badlands. Rolling hills, forests and river valleys extend throughout this area that is known for some of the state’s finest fishing and hunting. Despite the natural beauty of this community, residents of the reservation are struggling with poverty, unemployment, addiction, health problems and more.
UMCOR/ Shared Giving
As a United Methodist Congregation, Garfield Memorial Church is part of shared or connectional giving that reaches across the world.
Connectional giving is built upon our desire to meet the needs of God’s family in our neighborhoods and around the world and our need to give in order to be spiritually healthy, complete children of God.
A portion of every dollar contributed to the ministry of GMUMC goes directly into mission work. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people.
UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.
John Wesley urged those in connection with him to “Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can.” He modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Wesley made sure those early classes of “methodists” took weekly offerings for outreach. Today, we United Methodists join across our connected congregations to help all of God’s children…whenever and wherever we can. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregations, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God’s outreaching love.
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