Apply now for our summer trip to Pine Point (and an opening for a lifeguard in Elbow Lake)

Thomas, Terri Sue and Kaya show off their crafts during our 2014 Hope Day Camp in Pine Point.

Thomas, Terri Sue and Kaya show off their crafts during our 2014 Hope Day Camp in Pine Point.

Interested in joining Hope for the First Nations for a week this summer?

We have two opportunities for you!

We’re excited to announce Hope Church in Springfield, Illinois, is organizing our Hope Day Camp in Pine Point this summer. Hope had been a longtime supporter of HFtFN and sent teams in the past to lead day camps and work crews in the community. In fact, Hope Connections Pastor Beth Funk was a teacher at Lutheran High School in Springfield when our organization was a summer mission trip through the school, and she chaperoned several trips (she also started a proud tradition of driving on the rumble strip, which is another story).

The Pine Point trip will be Saturday, July 11, to Saturday, July 18, leaving from and returning the church in Springfield. During the week, we’ll lead five days of Hope Day Camp for students ages 4 to 12 at the Old School. We also are exploring work projects and other opportunities to serve while we are on the reservation. You can see photos of last year’s camp here.

The total cost of the trip is $700.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Hope this summer, and the church has agreed to consider applications from others who are not members. For more information, call Beth at 217-787-1446, extension 214, or 217-652-2954, or email her at

Download the application here.

Our Elbow Lake trip – organized by Vineyard Christian Church of Evanston, just outside Chicago – also has an opening for a certified lifeguard on its team. The trip is Friday, June 12, to Saturday, June 20, leaving from and returning to the church in Evanston. During the week, we’ll lead five days of Hope Day Camp for students ages 4 and up and host a community dinner.

The team can offer a full scholarship for the cost of the trip if you are certified as a lifeguard.

For more information, contact Vineyard Community Life Pastor Elizabeth Hawes at 217-414-0515 or

We look forward to seeing you this summer!


… And please pardon our dust as we build a better website to keep you connected with our work on the White Earth Reservation.

Hope for the First Nations has been partnering with the people of the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota since 1997. The faces of our team members and friends on the reservation may have changed over the years, but our goal has remained the same: to partner with the community of White Earth and to share the love of Jesus Christ.

Our major project each year is our weeklong, summertime Hope day camps for children ages 4 through 12 in communities across the reservation. The kids get to play games, make crafts, sing songs and learn about Creator. We have snacks and lunch every day and end the week with a community dinner.

We also organize trips throughout the year to visit our friends and offer our hands and resources at powwow, at Christmastime and on other projects, as requested.

And several of our team members have found homes and jobs on or near the reservation, making our vision of a permanent presence on the reservation come closer to reality.

We’ve grown a lot from a team of nine high school students and one teacher leading Vacation Bible School for 18 kids. The only unfortunate part of this growth is that our normal sources of funding no longer are enough to support our work.

Please click here to find out how you can help us as we continue to grow.

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And stay tuned to this space.