A new step
On all of our mission trips, we aim to garner relationships between our students and young people we connect with on the reservation. Our goal is that these friendships will eventually, in time, lead to evangelization.
We believe that time is now.
This trip has been prayed for before we knew what it was, but we knew that there had to be a "next step" from our outreach on our trips. Our prayer now is that over this short weekend we will not only connect with, but instill in the high school and college-aged students from the reservation the desire to have a relationship with Jesus and the Church.
Drug and alcohol abuse plagues much of the reservation, resulting in an array of issues including abuse, neglect, and suicide. We firmly believe through Jesus, relationships could ultimately deter these challenges from plaguing the next generation.
The aim of this retreat is connect these relationships with the work of the Church, giving a more clear route for the young people on Standing Rock to continue their faith formation after our trips have gone home.
Rooted in Catholic Sacraments and teaching, teamed with our ability to connect and relate to young people, these short three days are sure to impact both the young people from Standing Rock and the students that will be a part of our team.
*Due to the unique nature of this trip, there are a few requirements we are asking for in the students that will be members of our team. Please see them below before applying.*
Participants of the Mission Retreat will be staying at one of two locations. The male team will be in McLaughlin, staying at St. Bernard's Parish while the female team will stay in Kenel, about 25 miles away, at the Assumption of Mary Church. Both locations are equipped with gender specific showers and bathrooms, A/C, and are both very safe and secure facilities. Each location will have team members from Evangeletes as well as chaperones at all times.
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.
Due to the unique nature of this retreat, we do have a couple requirements we are looking for in team members. This is to help ensure the best possible outcome is experienced by all parties and students.
The requirements are:
In college, college-aged, or older
Experience on an EA mission trip prior to
Participated in a TEC, Koinonia, or similar retreat
The goal of this retreat is not just to connect with these young people, but also to connect them with the Catholic churches in their communities. For this reason, we are looking for the listed requirements.
One does not have to meet all requirements, however it is preferred. If you are worried you do not meet one, please contact us with questions and concerns.
Twin Size Air Mattress
Bedding & Pillow
Casual Modest Clothes
Wednesday - Travel Day
Thursday - Retreat Prep
Friday - Start of weekend
Saturday - Full day of reflections, small groups, Mass, prayer services and more
Sunday - Mass in the AM and departure following
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