“What are humans that You are mindful of them... You made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:4-5
We were on a mission trip to the Lakota Indian Reservation of Spirit Lake in North Dakota. Touring the reservation our host and guide led us into a housing development for low in-come wage earners. She pointed out the beautiful playground equipment in the center of the compound. Our guide told us a United Methodist work team from Wisconsin had erected the playground set last year.
She went on to say, that while the team was working on the playground many of the children and youth came out of their homes to watch. After a while one young teenage Native American boy came to our guide, who was working along with the mission team and questioned her, “Why are you building this playground equipment here?”
She responded, “Because we want the children of this area to have something to play on.” The young man continued his questioning, “I understand that but why are you building that playground here?” She again answered him with a different answer, “Because we are Christians and we want to bring some happiness to this area.”
That answer still did not satisfy the young man, “You don’t understand lady, why are you building that playground set in this neighborhood?” She responded, “Because Jesus has called us to love Him and we love Him by showing that love to others.”
Finally the young man stopped our guide and said, “What I mean is, why are you doing this for us? We are only Indians.” It was at that point our guide said she broke down and wept. Hearing her story broke our hearts.
That story has made wonder: