inspiration: washington trip - day one.
we started out this morning with a phenomenal breakfast cooked by nate's family.
we headed out to the reservation around 10ish.
we stopped to pray before we drove onto the reservation: apparently, Newspring Church and a Catholic church are the only churches on the reservation right now - 3 other churches have been planted and failed over the past three years. but we prayed for the team and for the people that we would be serving.
once we got onto the reservation, we stopped at the senior center where several of the elders lived. we were able to split wood and do yardwork for several of the elders. it was an amazing experience. most of the guys (and lindsy)e split wood; the rest of us raked leaves, scooped horse poop, and did lawn and yard work.
jen, elizabeth, and i raked leaves in two yards - the second yard we worked on was for ms. sharon. she had the most beautiful spirit and was the sweetest and funniest woman! i really enjoyed helping her and seeing her smile with appreciation at the work we were doing.
we then ate dinner at the community center and prepared for a tribal pow wow! we were all pumped!
between dinner and the pow wow, several of the team members played football with the kids (from my vantage point on the sidelines, it looked like the kids were winning ;))
but the pow wow was pretty incredible! there were large drums that were played throughout the night and traditional dancing - of which i participated and dragged caitlin in with me ;) - so i can officially add and mark "dance at a pow wow" on and off my bucket list!!
i'm so incredibly excited for what we're doing here and i'm amazed at the reception and how quickly word has spread!! people were coming up to our leaders - leah, in particular, who is on staff with sonny at newchurch - and giving names and numbers of people who needed work done.
we are going to meet and go back to the reservation tomorrow where we will be doing more yardwork/wood-splitting/etc. we host a basketball camp and then have church tomorrow evening! this has been an incredible experience - i am sore already and probably will be incredibly sore tomorrow. but i'm amazed at how boldly God has shown Himself here, to the group, and definitely to the community!! :D
i forgot to bring the card to put my phone SD card in to put pictures up, so i may have to wait to put those up when i get home....it is literally after 1AM back in charleston and i am pooped! so please keep praying for our team - for our health - the jet lag and hard labor are definitely setting in, at least for me - as well as the people! may they see the love of Christ pouring through us :)