I’m on my way to South Dakota. I have no idea what to expect but I am very excited.
I have the privilege of riding down with Zak Rozler, Tommy McCartney, Corey Tarter, Collin Mehring, and Columbus’ own – Maxwell McKenna. These guys are all really cool brothers, so I’m pretty happy that I get this opportunity to not only drive 20 hours west with them but also to serve the Lord in a place much unlike our own hometown.
Pine Ridge Reservation is literally the poorest place in America (based on some stats I read recently that could have been outdated but we do know it’s at least an extremely poor area). The area is ridden with alcoholism affecting people of all ages. Hope is lost throughout the land, so people turn to whatever they can in order to run from the pain of what feels like worthlessness.
Without God life doesn’t have purpose. With extremely high suicide and depression rates on the reservation, I believe it’s clear that there is an issue. In the small areas of the reservation where Christianity has been introduced, there is lasting joy and a hope that is eternal. At least that is what we know from testimony of previous visitors, and church newsletters that they send out regularly.
I hope to find similar information myself as I speak to people while I’m there.