Pine Ridge Pilgrimage

Wednesday, September 14

The team left Broomfield about 7:25 this morning and arrived in Kyle, SD at 5:30 pm. It was a beautiful day for traveling. We visited historic Fort Robinson, NE. Tomorrow we begin work at the Oyate Teca Community Center.

Thursday, September 15

We spent the morning working at the Lakota Oyate Teca (translates to "young people") community center. We weeded their vegetable garden, cleaned out a greenhouse, and are cutting and hanging insulation board and drywall in the canning room. They have a farmers' market today, and we are picking tomatoes, cucumbers and corn. Our Lakota hosts prepared a wonderful feast of Navajo tacos and pineapple cake for our lunch.

Friday, September 16

We visited the Oglala Lakota College Historical Center yesterday afternoon where we learned history and culture of the Lakota people. Today we were back at Oyate Teca Community Center where we continued working in the garden, took items to the dump, and cleaned out the storage shed. We stopped by Mediator Episcopal Church near Kyle. Note the red door and outside bell. We walked through the church cemetery and offered prayers for peace within the human family. 

We attended a Lakota supper and Powwow at Little Wound High School in Kyle. Dinner was beef stew, fry bread, and blueberry soup. Dancers of all ages dressed in their regalia and danced to the beat of large drums and Native American singing. Parents carried their toddlers and infants.

Saturday, September 17

Today we spent the morning at the Oyate Teca center putting in insulation in the canning room and helping the locals unpack and sort at least 200 boxes of clothing items that had just arrived by truck from a Lutheran Church in Iowa. We also visited Doug and Tanya's vegetable garden, who are beneficiaries of the Tools for Growth program. We finished our work at the center today. Tomorrow we hold a morning prayer service and lunch for the seniors in the Kyle community.

Sunday, September 18-Monday, September 19

There were 10 pilgrims from Holy Comforter who took the long journey last Wednesday to the Pine Ridge Reservation and specifically put our efforts into the Oyate Teca Project where our dear friend Rose is the Director.  Many wonderful stories to tell-for now we want all of you to feel a part of this journey.  The wonderful work done was so appreciated.  We saw first hand the gratitude in people's eyes.  Although we came bringing our gifts, whether it was carpentry skills, gardening skills, great photography talent and warm and accepting hearts, we all came home knowing that we were the ones filled with a renewed spirit and love for all of God's people.