“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1

Sunrise over Porcupine Butte

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

South Dakota

Welcome to Wo’iyopastake Ministry

We are so glad that you are here!

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Wo’iyopastake (WO-ee-yo-Pash-ta-ke) – Lakota word for Encouragement

Encouraging & Supporting

the Pastors & Christian Leaders

of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation





Board of Directors – Dan Licata, Mary Young Bear, Kelly Milliron, Pastor Bonnie Licata

Wopila Tanka!

[Thank you very much!]

The people of God are very generous people! And we, at Wo’iyopastake Ministry, are very grateful to you for the many Shoebox Christmas Gifts you gave to the children of the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. We were able to send 160 Shoebox Gifts, with a gospel tract and a “Jesus is Life” wristband in each one! What a huge blessing!

This year the gifts were distributed in the two most challenging districts on the Pine Ridge Reservation: Potato Creek (the poorest of the poor), and Manderson (a dangerous area).

Hear the words of our Team Member, who lives in the heart of the reservation:

“December 24, 2016

Greetings in the name of Jesus, from the Pine Ridge Lakota reservation!

I want to take this time to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I want to give a big heart-felt thank you to Wellspring Church and 2nd Baptist Church for all the Christmas cheer.

The gifts were well received by many families all across the reservation. This year we went to an isolated community. The Potato Creek community, a little forgotten place where some families live. One mother said she was glad we went there because no one ever comes all the way out to there. “You are the first to ever come to this community with Christmas gifts. We are very thankful”, she said.

A lot of the families only have one income check per month. (90% unemployment) This has made their day! I told them the gifts were from a church in Berlin, CT and from a church in Clinton, TN. They replied, “Gee, that’s a far-away place, but tell them all thank you for remembering us out here in this little community.”

 And today, we went out to the Manderson community for the gift distribution. Many grandparents, mothers and dads came out to get a gift for their children or grand children. We also sent 7 gifts to 3 Native families from Gillette, Wyoming. Due to the closing of the coal mines, they weren’t having Christmas this year. We also delivered 14 gifts to 6 Native families in Rapid City, SD.

Again, a very warm heart-felt thank you for all that you do for us out here on the reservation. Thank you kindly, MYB, Team member.”


2016 Potato Creek

2016 Potato Creek

2016 Potato Creek

2016 Potato Creek

2016 Potato Creek

2016 Potato Creek


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Wo’iyopastake Ministry

107 Millstone Circle

Clinton TN 37716


Our THEME for Wo’iyopastake Ministry for 2016:


[pronounced: ex-oo’-see-uh]


This year we will focus on the many aspects of exousia, the authority, delegated by the Holy Spirit, to carry the mission of Jesus across the Pine Ridge Reservation. We will see how we are to:
• believe with authority
• pray with authority
• speak with authority
• bless with authority
• preach & evangelize with authority
• minister healing & deliverance with authority
• decree, prophesy, proclaim & release God’s will with authority!


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Clinton, TN 37716