Gumbo dinner will help support Standing Rock mission efforts


A New Orleans style gumbo dinner with rice, salad, hushpuppies, desserts and beverages will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. June 2 at Afton UMC, 5130 Hack’s Neck Road, Ophelia.

The by-donation fundraiser will help provide those at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota food for a week, new shoes for the children, or items of clothing, reported publicity coordinator Carol Hammer. Standing Rock is a Sioux nation comprised of Lakota and Dakota people.

Hammer will attend her second year at this mission in July. She will return to Cannon Ball on the Standing Rock Reservation where last year she and four other volunteers prepared a daily program for pre-school children which included a Bible story, a craft, music and outdoor activities, said Hammer.

She volunteers with approximately 200 others from Virginia for that week. Her Cannon Ball group will number about 18 people, many of whom have volunteered for seven years or more, she continued. The Cannon Ball children look forward to the week that the Virginia folks arrive.

“Please join us for a meal and great fellowship on June 3 to help provide needed supplies to the children and people on this reservation,” said Hammer.

This mission provides Christian learning for children of all ages, a daily women’s Bible study, special evenings for a teens night out, a women’s spa and a men’s barbecue. The focus is in loving, sharing the gospel and providing hope to these Native Americans, she added.