Wind River


Wind River Lutheran Mission

Fort Washakie, WY

June 8-16, 2018


Come to a “No obligation” INFORMATIONAL MEETING - Sunday, April 8th—12:00 Noon in the Gathering Room

Contact Rick Adams (414-801-6690) or


Since 2010, members of Trinity have traveled to the Wind River Lutheran Mission to conduct Vacation Bible School.  Some trips have also included work projects in and around the mission. This summer we will again lead the Vacation Bible School at Wind River, as well as work on various projects that the mission’s pastor, Rev. Greg Sonnenschein identifies for us.

This VBS is an outreach to the communities’ children from ages 5 to 15.  The Wind River Lutheran Mission is located in Fort Washakie Wyoming, just outside Lander on the Wind River Indian reservation. Wind River is that native land of the Shoshone nation and is also home to the Arapaho tribe.

Former pastor at the mission, Rev. Don Nemec, said this about Wind River Lutheran Mission:  “At the Wind River Reservation, many die at a young age and often alcohol and drug abuse is a factor.  It all seems so hopeless. It is in the midst of all this, we hear the angel appear to the shepherds with God’s message: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the city of David a Savior is born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”  That is the message that the children and adults who come to the mission hear; the wonderful message that God sent His Son to be our Savior. They hear this message throughout the year at church, Sunday school, VBS, and at times one on one when they are hurting. This same message is taken to those in the hospital, jail, or at the tribal nursing home.  God has a message of hope for this world. He has given us many opportunities to bring His message of hope to the people who live on the “Wind River Reservation.”


For our Vacation Bible School, we’re looking for people who can:

· Help with crafts;

· Assist with music;

· Prepare lunches for the children;

· Lead outdoor games;

· Supervise small groups and who love children.

Our work projects don’t always require a tremendous amount of experience or skill.  If you can paint, clean up a gardenor yard, or if you have skills with tools, we can put you to work.  We won’t know what specific jobs will be lined up for us until we get closer to our trip.  All materials and supplies we need will either belong to the mission or be purchased in Lander, and will be paid for by Trinity.


Fort Washakie is named after Chief Washakie, the only Native American to receive a full military funeral. The Wind River area is beautiful, wide open country with a rich history. The grave of Sacajawea grave can also be found in Fort Washakie.

On Thursday, June 14th, Pastor Greg Sonnenschein will provide all who are interested on a guided tour of the Wyoming countryside in the southwestern part of the state.  Dubois, WY, about 60 miles northwest of the mission, is a great destination for a meal at the famous Cowboy Café—noted for their incredible pies.

In a few of our previous trips to Wind River, people have been able to take in an authentic pow wow put on by the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes.  See their dances, songs, and colorful clothing.


HOW DO WEGET THERE?  How you get to Wyoming is up to each individual, but you’re invited to journey with the group in a 15-passenger van.  The cost of traveling this way is being paid for by a grant from Trinity’s Endowment Fund.  If you choose to travel on your own, you will assume your own costs.

WHEN DO WE LEAVE?  We will make the trip over the course of two days, leaving on Friday, June 8th, staying 

overnight at the Days Inn in Mitchell, SD, and arriving at the mission on Saturday, June 9th in the late afternoon.  We will be retracing our steps on the way home, staying at the same hotel in Mitchell on the evening of Friday, June 15th, and arriving back at Trinity in the early evening of Saturday, June 16th.  The room rate at the Days Inn is $149/night each way.

WHERE DO WE STAY?  While in Wyoming, participants are able to stay free of charge at the mission (providing your own air mattresses and sleeping bags).  Or, you can choose to stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Lander, (about 12 miles from the mission) at your own expense.  The rate at the Holiday Inn & Suites is $139/night.  Individuals can reduce their lodging expense by sharing a room with a friend or sibling. There is an excellent breakfast buffet at the hotel free to all who stay there.

All hotel bills will be paid by Trinity’s credit card in order to receive tax exemption.  Participants can  then reimburse Trinity with a check when we all get home.

You are also free to make your own hotel arrangements in and around Lander if you like.

WHAT WILL WE DO?  During the week in Wyoming, we will lead a Vacation Bible School at the mission on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from late morning until mid afternoon.  Additionally, Pastor Sonnenschein will be putting together various work projects in and around the mission for us to complete.  We will have more information on this as we get close to our trip.

On Thursday, June 14th, we will be given a guided tour of the beauty of  southwestern Wyoming by Pastor Sonnenschein.

WHAT ABOUT MEALS?  All meals which are not a part of the VBS will be an expense of each individual.  We will do grocery shopping at a local store for dinners at the mission and will have a group meal out on one of the evenings.


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