South Suburban members have been making week-long annual trips to the community of St. Francis, South Dakota on the Rosebud Indian Reservation since 2002 through The Lakota Journey organization, which was founded by a former youth pastor of SSEFC.

St. Francis has a population of approximately 600 people and 38% of the population is under age 18.

Our annual trip in June involves youth entering 9th grade on up to adults of all ages. The ministry involves service projects and facilitating Kids Clubs in the afternoon at three locations within St. Francis. Kids Clubs engage the youth with crafts, games, conversation, a snack and a gospel-focused lesson. At dinner time all participants are brought to the community center for more interaction and a meal that is open to the community. Our team stays at the Sicangu Owayawa Oti (Rosebud Dormitory) in Mission, South Dakota — about a 30-minute drive from St. Francis.

2017 Missions Trip to Rosebud Indian Reservation

June 11-17: Depart on Sunday morning and return early evening on Saturday

Why should you consider ministering to the people of Rosebud?

  • An opportunity to minister to children and adults
  • A cross-cultural ministry opportunity to show God’s love
  • Fulfill the great commission to go and make disciples

There are many ways to be involved; join us for an information session!

In addition to the summer trips, there are other opportunities to serve the people of St. Francis throughout the year. Details are shared in the bulletin and during the Sunday services.