March - Istáwicayazan Wi - Moon of Sore Eyes (Snow Blindness)
As cold air has moved in and the winter winds blow across the winter lands
here in South Dakota, we endure winter.
Our Lakota ancestors would have spent the spring and summer following the buffalo – our source of life-giving meat, shelter, clothing and household necessities. We would have gathered for important ceremonies.
We would have harvested berries, nuts and vegetables and dried them for winter. We would divide into smaller bands and find a sheltered area
near a source of water and wood to make camp for winter.
Today it is very different. The land we once called home is no more.
We can’t even hunt on our own land for food.
The water is too polluted with chemicals running off mines
in the Sacred Black Hills. The trees are few and far between.
We prepare for winter the best we can by stretching every dollar to buy
as much fuel and food as possible.
The cold winds and snow blowing
can be a reminder of how much we have been through as a people
and our struggle today…
New Hope Native American Mission is here to provide hope with
the basics of food, clothing and a relationship with the Living God.
As a Lakota-founded and led non-profit, 501c3 organization,
we bring hope to the Lakota of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
in South Dakota who struggle to survive in the harsh winter conditions
in the poorest county in the United States.
Double your Donation!
Make it possible for us to fully utilize the New Hope Center
as soon as the ground thaws!
The New Hope Center is the building centrally located in the photo above
in the heart of the community of Cherry Creek
on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota!
A very generous donation will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 enabling the people of Cheyenne River reservation
to benefit from the New Hope Center in these ways:
- offer fun, healthy activities for the youth in a safe, warm place off the streets
- food distribution site for monthly "Totes of Hope"supplemental food program
- an emergency shelter in times of crisis
- an art center for elders to teach native crafts
- an education center for tutoring and skills training
- a base of operations for Missions of Hope
Mail a check to:
New Hope Native American Mission
2401 Homestead Street
Rapid City, SD 57703
Click picture below to learn more about our vision for the New Hope Center
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION 2013 Report
Despite our difficult living circumstances, celebrating the birth of Christ is an important celebration on the reservation! Your help made it possible for us to sponsor a Christmas Celebration on the reservation on December 22,2013.
We gave gifts, on your behalf, to each person present to remind them of the
gift God gave in sending His son, Jesus, to be our Savior.
For the children, typical gifts were age-appropriate toys.
For the teens and adults, basic toiletry items, scarves/hats, and gloves were given to help meet their basic needs. For the elders, blankets were given.
Many parents and care takers have to choose between buying heat and food, leaving no money for other necessities let alone Christmas gifts. So for many the gifts you sent or provided for were the only gifts they received this Christmas. Since Christmas, we have been able to deliver gifts in outlying communities on the reservation to let them know they are not forgotten during the Christmas season.
Below are pictures from the week of preparation and the celebration. May you be blessed as these pictures tell the story of how Jesus' coming was celebrated and how hope is increasing because many of his follower's were his hands and feet this Christmas! Thank you!
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION 2013
Photo credits: E. Hornbostel, D. & C. Brott, A. Hanson
We have updated our SHARE CHRISTMAS list below to recognize the gracious donors of which we are aware.
THANK YOU ALL!
To any whom we haven't acknowledged because
we do not know your name, please accept our thanks, as well!
Inspired? Want to get involved?
Email us at NewHope@nativeamericanmission.org
Keep up with how we are fulfilling our mission to provide the basic needs of food, clothing and a relationship with the Living God
by clicking on any of the links below:
- Reading our most recent editions of our newsletter
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