Monday, June 18 - Our first full day in Heart Butte began early, and there was never a dull moment. There are thirty-one of us from Durham -- St. Luke's and Trinity Ave. Presbyterian. There are two other teams from California, both from the SF Bay area, for a total of sixty-one people. One group is Roman Catholic and the other Presbyterian so we are quite an ecumenical group. We are divided into five teams which dictates everything from meal preparation, clean-up duties to project assignments for the day. Half the group spends the day on site at the High School and conducts a vacation bible school type experience for 120 children! The others spread out across the community for various paint and repair projects.
The day ended with a visit from a family in the community who shared about the Blackfeet Nation. There was much dancing involved! Getting to meet some of the families that make up the Blackfeet people was a brief but wonderful moment of encounter. There's no way that we could possibly take it all in during a few days time, but it has been wonderful to see how Christ has been at work in the lives of people and places different than our own.