First Church Mission Trip

$125 of $21k goal

Raised by 2 people in 3 months
C Ann Evan
on behalf of Maria Ferrante
Please support the Senior High School Youth Group members of First Church Fairfield, CT as we participate in a mission trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) Reservation in South Dakota in partnership with our friends in Simply Smiles.  

The CRST Reservation is an autonomous nation within the borders of the United States. It is home to four bands of Lakota Indians. 

As explained on the Simply Smiles website ( http://www.simplysmiles.org/cheyenne-river-sioux-reservation/) the poverty here is staggering. The reasons are many and complex. But we are proud to say that Simply Smiles has been welcomed into this community and that real change is beginning to take hold.

First Church Fairfield has had a long and wonderful partnership with Simply Smiles - and this year we are planning to send 15 members of our congregation both high-school aged and their adult leaders to spend a week working side by side with both Simply Smiles and the Lakota people.

Our trip will take place in Summer 2017, from July 15th through the 22nd.  We are happy to graciously accept your donation to our ministry until June 15th.

The funds required will provide for our food as well as air travel from the Northeast to Rapid City Airport, and then for Bus Travel to La Plant.  Additionally, the funds will pay for the supplies that we need to perform our week-long work projects.

Work projects include:
     Building New Homes
     Shelters for the Lakota people, which can withstand the extreme heat and cold experienced on the reservation.

    Promoting Healthy Living
    Through the morning walking program, community garden and cooking classes we are able to help restore a sense of self-reliance to the Lakota people.

     Summer Camp
     Fun!  We will plan and lead youth programs which range from superhero and pirate themed adventures to sports, games and crafts.

     Cultural Appreciation
     First Church shares in Simply Smiles' vision that the traditional Lakota values and cultures can not be lost for all time.  We wish to learn from our Lakota friends and share what we have leared with our home congregation in Fairfield, CT.

For more information about the good that Simply Smiles does on the CRST Reservation as well as Oaxaca Mexico, please check out the Simply Smiles Website.  

To visit First Church Fairfield's site, find out more about our Congregation and Ministries as an Open and Affirming Church please visit  http://www.firstchurchfairfield.org/

Thank you.

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$125 of $21k goal

Raised by 2 people in 3 months
Created December 18, 2016
C Ann Evan  
on behalf of Maria Ferrante
Sue ODonovan
1 month ago

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