The sun is up and so are we early again this morning. It is the end of an unbelievable week here at Simply Smiles. We have accomplished an amazing amount of work, begun to establish some rapport with the kids who have spent the afternoons with us, and have learned about a culture and situation that is unfamiliar to us, but one that Simply Smiles and its volunteers are dedicated to improving. We continue to work on advancing “possibilities” into reality. Whether it be spending time with Lakota family members or interacting amongst ourselves, we are involved in ”being the Church” while we are here. And while we finish up our week here in La Plant, we continue creating memories, not only for ourselves, but for the folks who live here in a community that is challenged by history and environment and culture. We have spent time not only providing some physical amenities for this La Plant community, but for the future potential of its residents. And in the process, we have grown in our understanding of both ourselves and those with whom we have interacted with.
Getting to know this La Plant community and its residents has been truly a joy and a blessing, for we will leave this place more richly rewarded than we have given. We have appreciated and made real what we talk about “at church,” and put it into practice. For if we were not put here on earth to look after one another, then why are we here?