For the last 4 summers, youth and adults from St. Stephen’s have traveled to northern Minnesota and formed strong relationships with the people of Rice Lake, which sits on the White Earth Indian Reservation.
The mission teams do many activities on their trips each year. One team works on projects such as the work completed this summer – building a new platform and communion rail at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Rice Lake. The other team spends their days sharing time with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of White Earth Indian Reservation putting on summer camps.
How does this service impact the youth and adults who participate?
In the words of one youth, “Since we started going to White Earth, we have helped paint a school, painted and helped restore two pow wow grounds, and helped to renovate a church through tearing up the tile and painting it. As we interacted with the people of White Earth, not only did they come to make us feel welcome, they taught us many aspects of their culture illustrating that even though we are different we can still come together as one to promote equality.”