Cheyenne River Episcopal Mission

Every summer Fr. Bob Trask leads a mission team from St. Barnabas to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We go to live among our Lakota sisters and brothers to listen and learn, to share our stories and the love of Christ, and by God’s grace, absorb some of their grief and pain. Ziebach County, where the Reservation is located, is one of the poorest in the U.S. with 40% living below the poverty level. In 2018, Team Barnabas, including a nine year-old member, set off to Eagle Butte, South Dakota to paint the parish hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Upon our arrival, Mother Margaret, the Rector at St. John’s, asked if we could paint the kitchen as well. We were happy to accommodate her although it required long work-days. Once again, ours was a ministry of “presence,” and we were repaid in kind. We were overwhelmed by the hospitality, generosity and kindness of the people we came to serve. We continue to keep them in our prayers as well as Mother Margaret Watson. We are grateful to the St. Barnabas community for your prayers and support for this ministry.