Sharing HOPE with the Broken, Lost and Forgotten


WARNING - Eye Opening Information

Posted by realhopemissions on March 20, 2010 at 12:30 AM

WARNING - Eye Opening Information

Read at your own risk from this point forward!

Pine Ridge Reservation Overview

  • Population between 28,000-43,000
  • 36 churches on the reservation

Economic Situation 

  • 50-80% unemployment
  • $4,000 per capita income
  • $20,000 annual household income
  • 60% of population live below the poverty line
  • One of the three poorest of US counties

Health Situation 

  • Diabetes rate is 8 times that of general population
  • Cervical cancer rate is 5 times greater
  • TB rates is 8 times greater
  • Heart disease is 2 times greater
  • Lowest life expectancy in the US
  • Second lowest life expectancy in the western hemisphere
  • Infant mortality is 3 times higher than national average

Social Situation 

  • More than half of households are single parents
  • Suicide rate is 2 times national average
  • Teen suicide is 4 times national average
  • High rate of teen pregnancy
  • No public transportation, banks, movie theaters, bowling alleys, recreational centers, furniture stores, clothing stores nursing homes
  • High rate of drug and alcohol abuse

Educational Situation 

  • 68 % dropout rate

The above information is from the Pine Ridge Reservation Project of Trinity Graduate School. Please check out their website and to find out more about this very urgent mission field. Also check out Michael T Cooper's "Necessity of Worldview Understanding for Sustainable Peace: A Case Study of United States Relations with Native Americans in the 18-19th Centuries"

The Pine Ridge Reservation is an incredible cause and needs prayer and support, both in mission workers and financially. This is about so much more than a project; it is about real people living and dying without hope. It is about making a change not just talking or thinking about it. Pray and listen closely to what God is calling you to do today and follow the example of the Good Samaritan, don’t just walk on by!!!


His Heart,

Aaron Syrdahl

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