Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ministry Updates: White Shield, North Dakota Outreach/Children's Home Society of South Dakota/Dakotabilities

 I was honored to be invited to sit in on lead guitar October 17-19 with the White Horse Ministry Band at an outreach in White Shield, North Dakota.  I was excited to visit the Three Affiliated Tribes/ Fort Berthed area as it is former home of the Klaudt Indian Family (I wrote the COG Evangel article on them). The White Horse Ministry Band I met in Mission SD and got to play with them at the Carpenter's Shop Pentecostal Church there on the Rosebud reservation. We had a wonderful time ministering in worship music there. I hope to get to play with them again. This is a Lakota-led Native Pentecostal church that is dynamic and moving in the power of the Spirit. Thanks to Steve and Louis for making this opportunity possible for me.

I have been working with a local orphanage/school that serves Lakota children in Sioux Falls called the Children's Home Society of South Dakota. They have a school/residential program in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Children's Home Society of South Dakota serves over 2,000 children each year, primarily ages 4-13, through residential treatment, education, forensic interview and exam centers, foster care & adoption services, and prevention services. The majority of these children are victims of severe abuse or neglect. Emergency shelter and related services are provided for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Many of you are familiar with my work the last eight years, where I provided Movement Music for adults with Developmental Disabilities in Tennessee. Since I have been in South Dakota, I have made my rounds to various care centers (thanks to the help of Michelle Anderson) and now have a regular monthly music program at Dakotabilities in Sioux Falls, SD. They serve many Native Americans. I have also released a couple of new albums on Amazon Music and iTunes, one of which is entitled "Movers and Shakers" and is directed as movement music for children and adults, utilizing the great songs of A.P. Carter, Woody Guthrie and others. If you buy my music, you support this ministry.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all my new supporters, new and constant, for continuing to believe in me and the needs of Native Americans in South Dakota. If you ever have any questions about what I'm doing, or how to donate on the PayPal link here, please don't hesitate to contact me. I couldn't do this without you.

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