We began our third year on campus at the Flandreau Indian School with a bang. With many returning students knowing the Chaplain and the program, more parents than ever (almost half of the 250 students!) have given written permission to the school for their kids to attend worship services in town. Trust with students and parents has increased dramatically this year.
Numbers in attendance have been up all over. With weekly outreach programs aimed at reaching all students, Sunday afternoon chapel on campus, Bible studies and local worship services, there are lots of opportunities for students to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8) Many are experiencing church for the first time and realizing that church is really not a scary place.
The exciting part of this year has been seeing lives in the process of transformation… encouraging Facebook statuses, positive music choices, students caring for students and challenging each other to live a more positive lifestyle, being able to pray with students before bedtime and as their day begins, inviting each other to go to church, and so much more. We have started small group Bible studies on campus midweek to explore the weekend messages a little deeper and apply the truths revealed in Scripture. Students have begun to take ownership of their faith. How exciting to see God at work!