Pine Ridge, SD – Weekly Report – June 24-28, 2019

July 9, 2019

This week we saw several changes to our leadership volunteers. Bev Claassen and her husband Roger completed eight weeks serving in Pine Ridge. Roger was performing work on the Volunteer Center and Bev was our Office Manager. We thank them for their dedication during this time of running the site while the weather was so bad. Gary Zehr has replaced Bev as the Office Manager. Head Cook Rita Friesen left and was replaced by Em Yoder and Assistant Cook Hannah Cober. Thank you Rita for your service! Doug Goertzen (Construction Supervisor), Leo and Mim  Martin (Crew Leaders), and Noah Schulz and Jesse Yoder (Crew Leaders) are continuing to serve. Paul Unruh is overseeing the site as Project Director and has shared his stories with us.

We were also blessed to have volunteers from Indiana who traveled 17 hours to serve at Pine Ridge. The group consisted of three male and fourteen female Old Order Mennonites who provided a lively week of fun and entertainment. A big thank you for their hard work!

Leo, Mim and team worked on finish work at Tammy’s house. Most all the floors were laid and trim and doors installed along with some painting.

Jesse and team worked on inside finish work at Jhacie’s house. Doors were installed, flooring was laid and trim work was completed. In addition, painting was done to the exterior siding and some interior painting was also performed.

Noah and team completed two houses that needed insulation blown in the ceilings. Noah was also our taxi driver for material runs and for picking up arriving volunteers at the airport.

The weather has slowed our planned work on the Volunteer Center. We are expecting a large group of Amish volunteers to arrive next week. Plans are to start construction on the foundation of this large project.

20 years ago the Our Lady of the Sioux church in Oglala, SD experienced a damaging storm that destroyed three of their buildings. MDS responded at that time and built a new building for them. Paul Unruh visited the site this past week and found the building still being used frequently. It has been used for many functions over the years. Our group attended their Catholic services on Sunday and MDS was recognized as the builders. A big thank you goes out to the volunteers who served there 20 years ago.

We thank all the volunteers for their unselfish time to serve here at Pine Ridge. They were the hands and feet of Jesus and the community here is seeing the hard work that has been completed.

Paul, Gary, Em, Hannah, Doug, Leo, Mim, Jesse, and Noah