June 11, 2013
Tree of Life Ministry in Mission, South Dakota is a MOST valuable relief agency for the Lakota people. For the past 9 years I have coordinated our Volunteers in Missions team from Catonsville, Maryland as we worked closely with Russell and Donna Masartis to address the various needs of the Lakota people. They have worked TIRELESSLY year-round to help with repairing sub-standard housing, supplying food and clothing, helping with child care and abused women, and a variety of emergency services in the winter months. They bring the Christian message to the people through their caring actions to build a bridge of trust and genuine friendship and collaboration among the two cultures. They provide jobs for Lakota people and do so much to enhance the families of their employees as they continue to expand the influence of Tree of Life. HOPE is projected to people who have little of it. They have been HONORED by the Lakota people at the annual Indian Victory Day powwow (June 25th) by being recognized as such a valuable entity in the reservation community. T.O.L. was honored to lead the first dance! T.O.L. has helped ALL of us on our missions teams to be closer to Christ in our personal relationship with our Savior. We need a 100 more T. O.L.'s!!!
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