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Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 



Mike Basil 
Saint Matthew Lutheran Church 

 FORGE High School

Pine Ridge Reservation Mission Trip

WHEN:  Depart Saturday, June 16, 2018 and return Friday, June 22, 2018

WHERE: We will spend our time with the Wings As Eagles ministry located at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota.  Wings As Eagles was founded in 1995.  The organization exists to provide for the immediate needs of the Lakota community while offering the hope of the Gospel.  Pine Ridge reservation has an estimated population of over 32,000 with most living under the federal poverty line.  We will help support activities during the summer school break, including serving meals to children who often go hungry when school is not in session.

WHO: This trip is open to Saint Matthew Teen Ministry students who are currently in the 9th-12th grades (2017-18 school year).

COST: Total cost for this trip is $800.  This includes airfare, housing, meals, and other transportation.  Students will need some cash for incidentals (souvenirs, snacks, etc.)  Students can earn up to $300 in support by attending all of the pre-trip meetings ($50 credit per meeting).  Students are expected to pay $500 for this trip.  It is our recommendation that families pay $250 and that students fundraise (ask family & friends for help, use earnings from a part-time job, etc.) the remaining $250.

TRAVEL LOGISTICS: We will fly to Denver and spend the first night at a church in Denver.  We will drive from Denver to the reservation (approximately 6 hours by car) and spend Sunday through Wednesday on the reservation, staying in the Wings as Eagles bunkhouses.  On Thursday we will head to Mt. Rushmore and spend Thursday night in Rapid City, SD.  On Friday we will drive back to Denver and fly home.

MANDATORY MEETING DATES: All students participating in this trip MUST attend the following meetings:  March 15, March 22, April 12, April 19, April 26 and May 3.  Meetings will start at 7:00 p.m.  Remember - you will earn $50 toward the cost of the trip for each meeting you attend.

DEPOSIT:  There is a $250 non-refundable deposit required by March 15.  We know this is a steep non-refundable deposit, however we need to make airline reservations for this trip and that reservation cost is not refundable.

WANT TO GO ON THIS TRIP?  Here's what you need to do next.

  • If you have not already done so, complete the 2017/2018 Teen Ministry Registration and Medical Form. There is a $25 registration fee.
  • Click the Register Now button, complete the form and submit the $250 non-refundable deposit.
  • Mark your calendar with the Mandatory Meeting dates. 
  • Get ready for an unforgettable mission experience!