Sunday, July 5, 2009

Onondaga Mission Trip 2009

Recently I had an opportunity to be a part of the Onondaga United Methodist mission trip in upstate New York, near Syracuse. We stayed at a near by church basement, off the Nation lands.

We were assisted by several Nation members who attended the church and several Nation contractors who worked for the Nation assisting elderly, those who needed updated housing or repair work.

Below is a photo showing those who assisted from the Nation and my Pastor Rick Bender from the left. Without all the Nations support and assistance many United Methodist's would not have been able to make this mission outreach possible for the last several years.

We were blessed to have the opportunity to share in a traditional meal that the youth of the Nation make every year for their community; many shared stories and traditions about the meal. We left being thankful that we could make a difference and help assist in projects in whatever they needed.

Unfortunately, those who attended the church shown above will be uprooted temporarily, until the church is restored from a recent fire which damaged the basement where we had our lunches each day and met outside each mourning to organize groups for job sites and prayed as a group.