St. John's United Church of Christ Youth Group along with seven adult chaperones departed Saturday, July 30 on a two-week mission trip to Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. The reservation is one of the poorest areas in the U.S. with the two counties on the reservation ranking in the bottom one percent economically of all countries in the U.S. The reservation is roughly the size of Connecticut with a population of about 8,500.
The group from St. John's will be working on a variety of work projects in Cherry Creek, Red Scaffold and Bridger, S.D. They will also hear from some of the community leaders, have the opportunity to participate in some of the rituals, and meet, work with and share in fellowship with people of the community.
The youth will also be able to see Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, Crazy Horse, the Corn Palace with a stop on their return at Cedar Point for a day of fun that they earned from their hard work on the mission trip.
From left: Kyle Hall; Katie Parker; Lance Parker; Judy Sprague; Sue Lawton; Zoe Milliman; Harold Cobb; Rev. Thomas Lawton, pastor; Ryan Wise; Katie Ludeman; Shanna Thompson; Jarred White; Kenna Thompson; Kim Sprague.