On July 20th, a group of twenty-eight from Four Oaks traveled to Browning Montana to spend a week working on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The area was pounded with winter storms from January through February. According to the Great Falls Tribune, parts of the reservation received as much as seventy inches of snow in February alone. Repairs and rebuilding from the winter storms were still under way when the group from Four Oaks arrived. The worked on several parts of the reservation but focused their efforts on building a barn to store farming equipment. The local church hopes to help rejuvenate the reservation by raising horses and growing hay and alfalfa to feed them.
On September 12th, the Blackfeet Mission Project Leadership Team decided to return to continue the mission effort from July 6th to July 15th of 2019. The dates for the 2019 Blackfeet Nation Mission Project are Saturday, July 6th-Monday, July 15th, during the North American Indian Days Celebration in Browning, Montana. Twenty eight airline tickets have been reserved and a deposit of $50 will be due the week of October 8th. If you are interested in going on the mission trip please contact the church office by phone or email. If you would like more information, or have questions concerning the trip, please contact the church office.
Allen Martin: “It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our everyday lives and focus on ourselves and our family. I thought this would be a great opportunity to unplug and focus on the needs of others. It was also a good opportunity for us to be role models for one another. I was very proud of my family’s hard work.”
Several children and teenagers volunteered, either with their families or individually. Ben Martin: “I learned that a lot of people live very differently than I do. Seeing the daily lives on the reservation was very shocking and jarring for me. I had never experienced a community dealing with such poverty.”
Phyllis Toothman: “I have come to see this mission trip to the Blackfeet people in a different way than I had originally thought. We went out there planning to help the Blackfeet people but really it was about building relationships with them, listening to them, and trying to understand things from a totally different perspective. We did a lot of work out there, but I think the most important thing is that we all came away changed and changed in a way that we were not expecting.”