Why we do it

For many years, we have been watching youth groups come to our reservation on drive-by mission trips. It seems that they have come, not primarily as learners, but as teachers. They have come to teach us before they have ever earned a place among us to be heard. They come bringing that old missiological model that has not worked among our people for the last 500 years (less than 3% of native people claim to be followers of the Jesus way after 500 years worth of effort).

We at SLAM Trips want to offer your group a different model of service and learning trips. We invite you to our reservation as learners and as servants, to listen to our stories and theologies, to receive and to give, to experience healing between our peoples, to be immersed in our culture and participate in indigenous worship, and then to see the power of Creator at work through all of us.

Join us in an opportunity to immerse your students in a cross-cultural setting without ever having to leave the country! We want to partner together to develop an attitude of mutuality and not superiority with one another. It is our hope that your group will build relationships and receive teachings on our reservation that extend beyond their comfort zone and work in them to develop servants’ hearts and an appreciation for a new culture.