Lame Deer Montana 2020

Northern Cheyenne Cultural Adventure

Home Repair

The Adventure

Share Christ’s love on the reservation of the Morning Star people. The Cheyenne people were originally a friendly tribe, desiring peace with invading settlers. Instead, they’ve suffered greatly at the hands of the encroaching culture.

After fighting for their way of life at Little Bighorn, the Cheyenne were rounded up and forced to move. Many can still proudly trace their family history back to ancestors who escaped and survived the arduous journey back to Montana, their beloved homeland.

Today, conditions on this remote reservation are harsh. Unemployment hovers over 70 percent. Over 80 percent of the people live below the poverty line. The average life expectancy is under 60 years. And the recent passing of several respected elders has left folks reeling.

Your group is badly needed here. You’ll provide necessary home repairs for some grateful and welcoming people. More importantly, you’ll bring a message of caring to genuine people who need to see some goodness. And you’ll be rewarded by the opportunity to experience a rich and vibrant native culture from the inside—as a very special guest!

Cool Stuff: Ever been to a powwow? A special one is being planned. Singers, drummers, and dancers…just for you!

Taste the Place: One word—frybread! Dare you to have just one!

The Service

The Cheyenne people are friendly, and warmly welcome visitors. Depending upon the needs of your residents, you’ll work on a variety of projects, including:

  • Repairing or replacing entry porches
  • Boosting a family’s self-esteem by patching holes in drywall
  • Brightening a room with a fresh coat of paint

And, you’ll enjoy a beautiful landscape of rolling green meadows and pine-covered hills!

The Faq

The safety, security, and well-being of every participant is our number-one priority. Our team has years of experience ensuring that extra precautions are given to make every aspect of the mission trip as safe as possible. We visit each location in person several times before your Adventure, and we check each worksite for safety before you arrive.

You need to bring one adult volunteer (age 21 or older) for every 5 students (age 20 years or younger) you register. If you have both genders registered, you need to have at least one adult volunteer of each gender.

Anyone with a heart to serve others and a desire to grow closer to God is welcome to join us on a Lifetree Adventure. Our domestic mission trips are designed with teenagers and youth groups in mind, and each trip has a minimum age allowed depending on the type of projects happening at that location.

The Group team provides care to nearly all the details of your trip, including lodging, meals, project coordination and building materials/supplies during the mission experience, discipleship programming and materials, on-site support crew, and a T-shirt for every participant. The fee doesn’t include transportation or meals to and from the trip location or during your time off.

For our domestic mission trips, we use a clean, comfortable high school or middle school as our home base for the week. We sleep, eat, and do all our programming at the school. You’ll want to bring an air mattress and bedding.

You will provide your own transportation to and from your mission trip. The vehicles and drivers you bring will be used to provide daily transportation to and from the project sites.

Many of our trips give you the option to focus on home repair or relational ministry. Actively engaging in the local culture is important to us. So, you might yodel, dance, cook, craft, clog, powwow, or sing. Your mission adventure concierge will have specific details for each location.

  • What types of work does “home repair” entail?

    Depending upon the location, need, and your skill or desire for work, you might be assigned to a variety of projects. Work ranges from challenging at Monument Valley to moderately challenging at Red Lake to moderate at Owego, Mescalero, and Lame Deer. Raytown and Monson offer moderate to simple home-repair projects as well as relational ministry opportunities.

  • What if I don’t have any construction skills?

    Don’t worry—what really matters is your desire to work. No matter how challenging the project, if you really want to put in the effort, skilled Local Project Advisors and on-staff Troubleshooters will be available to ensure your success!

  • What does “relational ministry” entail?

    Relational ministry could entail a variety of opportunities to interact with and meet the needs of local people. From assisting elderly residents to serving at a food bank to building trails, your work will be a valuable opportunity to connect one-on-one with people who need your help.

Very much so! Group’s Lifetree Adventures is unique in that we partner directly with local tribal leaders and agencies. We’ve enjoyed decades of solid relationships based on trust and respect. People on the reservations now count on us to come—and every resident will have specifically applied for your help.

Far from new! We are the original youth mission trip created by Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado. Now we call our mission trips for youth and adults Lifetree Adventures. For over 40 years we’ve provided worry-free mission trips with highly experienced staff, thoroughly prepared service opportunities, and rich spiritual growth experiences created by Group’s experts. Our team is led by Thom and Joani Schultz and includes several seasoned veterans with decades of experience in mission trip planning and programming. We’ve also added some innovative new updates to the mission trip experience! Our travelers rely on the stability and security of a large established organization.

Your Adventure Concierge is available to answer all mission trip-related questions and is waiting to hear from you. Call 800-385-4545 ext. 4166 or chat online.

The Next Steps

  1. Build the excitement

    Have the conversations to get approval from leaders and key decision makers. Download FREE Plan-It Guide

  2. Build your team

    Spread the word and start recruiting your group! If you have adults in your congregation interested in chaperoning and supporting your team on the road, share our Support Roles with them. There are several ways for adults to share their gifts throughout this experience.

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  3. Answer these questions

    • Have you considered a budget with travel costs, registration fees, and emergency funds?
    • Have you received firm commitments from a core number of people?
    • What is most exciting to you and others about this trip?
  4. Reserve Your spaces

    Register for your trip by calling our friendly staff at 800-385-4545, ext. 4166, or by registering on this website.

Planning Resources

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