Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Lakota Trip Day 2
A reflection on yesterday from Zach:
First day of work done! Today was our first day of work, and we built the beginning of a deck for a door that you would open and then fall to the ground on before. There was absolutely nothing there before we made the deck. Here are a few "after" photos:
It will eventually have steps that will lead to the safety of the ground (hopefully installed tomorrow!) and the cross piece on the front will be removed. We only put that cross piece up there as a safety precaution so that if anybody walks out there during the middle of the night, they won't fall off!
We have breakfast at 8:00 am every morning, leaving for our worksites at 9:00 am. We take a break for lunch around noon, followed by departing the worksite at 3:00 pm. We have a couple of hours for leisure activities, and dinner is at 6:00 pm. We finish off the day by having our little version of church, or worship (take your pick of wording), in the small little chapel they have here. The chapel also serves as a dining and commons area for us. Everything about this place is small, including the chapel/multipurpose room! Here is a picture of our chapel:
I am enjoying connecting with God and the people around me, in this very remote place. The scenery is beautiful, and the sunsets and rises are spectacular. I have had a very productive, encouraging, exciting, busy day today, and I can't wait to see what God has up his sleeve for us during the rest of the week!
Note from Kati:
Did you know that there are over 500 tribes on record in the United States? Last night we learned that Pine Ridge Reservation was set aside for the Lakota Tribe. These plains Indians were called Sioux by the French settlers. We discovered that the term Sioux was quite derogatory, meaning something like the "snake in the grass" in French. So, we decided to change our t-shirts which called our location "Sioux Nation".