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Issue: "MS-13: Criminals next door," June 18, 2005

One of the ministries MTW hopes to help bolster this summer is on Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, where Tom Pollock has been pastor of a small church for 15 years. The reservation was the grisly scene of the March 21 school shooting at Red Lake High that left nine people, including the shooter, dead. Alicia White, a 14-year-old member of Mr. Pollock's church, was among the slain. (See "Trail of tears," April 2, 2005.)

Mr. Pollock says renovating the home where Alicia lived with her grandmother, four brothers, and three sisters was one of the first projects that summer groups began working on last month. Eight more groups will travel to the reservation this summer to work on construction projects, day camps, and vacation Bible schools.

Mr. Pollock says the work of the visiting youth groups helps his church gain credibility on a reservation where traditional Native Americans are often hostile toward Christianity. "It really does help our relationships with all people here, even the traditional people," he says. "They come to understand that we're of good will even though they don't like our message."

World Changers' Mr. Burton says participating in mission trips within the United States helps teach youth that they don't have to go overseas to serve in missions. "Sometimes we tend to think of missions as something far, far away," he says. "But the truth is, the mission field is just next door."

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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