Friday, April 27, 2012


Thanks to many of you donating to our program over the last year, we've been able to meet needs and to run some really great programs without spending directly out of our Program account. That makes a huge impact on our Program budget when supplies are already given for us. Additionally there have been many gifts that provide for the physical needs of our students as well. 

I've included a list of things that might be provided to us. Don't limit yourself to this list! If you're wondering "Hey, do you think they could use this for the students at the Flandreau Indian School?" then go ahead and send it to us! We'll find a use and come up with a really creative program for it. 

Send these gifts to: 
Flandreau Indian School Chaplain
Bill Britton
802 W. Pipestone Avenue
Flandreau, SD 57028

Personal Needs:
Body wash
Laundry soap
Dryer sheets
Granola bars
Snacks in individual packs
Sheet sets, twin
Socks, no show

Study Materials:
Bible study material 
NIV Bibles (NIV Study Bibles even better)
Christian music (current artists)
Veggie Tales, DVDs

Art/Program Supplies:
Construction paper, any size, any colors
Cardstock, white or colors, 8.5 x 11
20# paper, white or colors, 8.5 x 11
Scotch tape
Glue sticks
Pipe cleaners
Google eyes
Jewels with flat backs
Clay pots, new, unused
Acrylic paints
Face paints
Paint brushes, small
Recycled margarine tubs/cottage cheese/yogurt containers with lids
Ziploc/Glad containers, small (to see contents)
Pony beads
Colored pencils
Staples, staplers
Board games
Playing cards

Ziploc baggies, sandwich, quart and/or gallon
Paper plates
Cups, cold (9 oz)
Cups, hot (16 oz)
Plastic spoons, forks
Disposable Table Cloths

For Prizes or Handouts:
Subway gift cards ($5.35 each card)
Hot cocoa, individual packets
Ramen noodles
Oatmeal packets
Cheese and Cracker Packets
Sun Flower Seed Snack Packets
Hard candy, individually wrapped
Walmart gift cards (Any amount) 
Hobby Lobby gift cards (Any amount)
Gasoline gift cards (Any amount)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The More I Know the Less I Know

One of the most frustrating but faith building parts of my job is the portion I need to leave to God (which would, of course, be all of it).

I become involved in the lives of students at Flandreau Indian School and want the best for them. I want them to make the best decisions that they can in order to further their education and make the most of the opportunities here. It’s also a time for me to be able to have the most interaction I can in order to influence them to lead a life that’s honoring to God, for them to begin to make wise decisions. But often that time together is short. I have to make the most of every opportunity with a student because in a lot of cases I only get one or two chances.  They get sent home for disciplinary reasons or they decide they don’t like being away from home or they’re having trouble fitting in.

The part I need to turn over to God on a daily basis is that I am not the only voice that God will use to speak into that person’s life. “My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow.” I Corinthians 3:6. I think a lot of times we get into the selfish mindset that we are solely responsible for sharing Christ and seeing fruit immediately. Again, the frustrating part for me is not always seeing immediate life change but what I need to remember is that it’s my job to plant the seed. God has the part of placing other people in students’ lives in the future to see His plan through to completion.

I need to be confident in this promise: “that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6