Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Winnebago Reformed Church


The Mission Trip venue for summer 2017 is set for Winnebago, Nebraska. We will be serving at the Winnebago Reformed Church, which is a congregation of Umoho Native Americans serving on the Umoho Reservation about 20 miles south of Sioux City, Iowa.

We are planning to go the week of August 6, departing after church, for approximately a 4.5-hour trip. Specific activities include helping with uncompleted tasks of previous mission groups, painting, concrete repair, and light carpentry. We also have the opportunity to provide a day camp for local children with music, crafts, Bible lessons, games, and sports.

History
For as long as anyone can remember, the Winnebago lived in the vicinity of Green Bay in northeastern Wisconsin. As the most powerful tribe in the region, they dominated the western shore of Lake Michigan from Upper Michigan to southern Wisconsin. As part of major climatic change in North America sometime around 1400, three closely related tribes – Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Ottawa – began moving west along the shore of Lake Huron. The Ottawa stopped at Manitoulin Island, but the Ojibwe occupied the north shore of Lake Huron. In the 1500s, the Potawatomi crossed over the Strait at Mackinac into northern part of the Lower Michigan peninsula. The invasion drove the original tribes of the region south and west. The Menominee were forced south where they became tributary and allies of the Winnebago. The Cheyenne and Arapaho, however, were set adrift to the west until they reached the Great Plains.

Visit WinnebagoReformed.org for more information about the church and its community. Follow the church on Facebook to learn more about the community and its needs from Pastor Lowell TenClay.