WAKPALA, SOUTH DAKOTA
Lying on the edge of Standing Rock Reservation, Wakpala is one of the smaller districts on the reservation but the issues and trials are larger than life. Drug and alcohol abuse plagues much of the reservation, resulting in an array of issues including abuse, neglect, and suicide. We strive to impact the community in three ways:
Physically through meaningful work projects that help families and children.
Socially through building relationships with the youth.
Spiritually through the relationships built and bridging the gap between God and individuals who may be unaware of their salvation.
We have proven strategies of succeeding in these three areas through years of experience, prayer, and expert opinions and Research.
Throughout the day, students are broken up into work teams and given responsibility of completing a work project for a community member. In the evening, we shift our attention to community outreach, where students build relationships with children, teens, and young adults through activities such as basketball, volleyball, and other games and outreach. We believe these relationships directly lead towards evangelization and discipleship and give our students a platform to step outside of their comfort zones and grow deeper their own faith as well. Finally at night, we gather together inside our facilities and participate in worship, testimonies, sharing, and prayer services. At this time, students get to reflect on the service and fellowship that they completed throughout the day. With a strong spiritual focus, we encourage and empower our students to develop a deeper relationship with Christ.
July 7th – July 13th
All participants traveling to Wakpala, SD will be staying at Wakpala Public School for the duration of their trip. This facility is located roughly 2 miles outside of the town. Wakpala public School is a very nice elementary, middle, and high school with full, separate locker rooms, and a full gymnasium and auditorium. Sleeping arrangements will consist of males sleeping in the auditorium and females sleeping in the gymnasium. All doors to the facility will be locked at all times and no one will be allowed outside after dark for safety precautions.
Travel to and from the Reservation and during the trip will take place in our Evangeletes bus. The drivers are properly CDL certified through the state of IL and have years of experience in driving to, from, and on the reservation. No one will drive longer than 6-hour shifts during the trips up and back.
We strive to positively impact the communities we serve. This means focusing on meaningful work projects. We do not assign our students to tedious tasks such as mowing lawns or pulling weeds. All students will serve as an important piece of a full effort to help develop areas of Standing Rock.
This includes but is not limited to:
Building of handicap ramps and decks
Sheetrock and drywall repairs
Building of handicap accessible showers
Exterior and interior painting jobs
All of our projects are prayerfully discussed and chosen with the help of community leaders. This ensures that our projects are a part of a greater effort to positively impact Standing Rock.
Twin Size Air Mattress
Bedding & Pillow
7 AM: Wake up/Breakfast
8 AM: Morning Worship/Daily Devotion
9 AM-12 PM: Students break up into work teams
12-2 PM: Lunch/Free time/Workouts for athletes
2:30-5 PM: Kids camp/ Vacation Bible school
5 PM: Dinner
6-8 PM: Community Outreach
9 PM: Evening Worship/Testimonies
11 PM: Lights Out
The safety of our students is our top priority. We have implemented easy and reasonable procedures that ensure all individuals on Evangeletes mission trips are safe. All participants will be certified in Safe Environment Training. Our staff members are not only certified in Safe Environment but CPR and Emergency Certified as well. An EA staff member and/or adult chaperone will be present on every work site at all times. Please feel free to contact us for more information regarding our safety precautions.
Students are allowed to keep and use their phones at their own risk and responsibility. All EA staff members and adult chaperones will have phones on them at all times.
Blake Matson: 309.644.0381
Drew Merideth: 309.781.6365
Kelsey Schraeder: 309.945.2411