Our Story- FBC Torrington Mission Outreach

March 17, 2015
Five years ago, the Youth Group at First Baptist Church of Torrington, Wyoming decided to live Matthew 25:40 “What so ever you do for the least of these, you do for me”. We had heard that there was an Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and decided to collect shoes and socks to bring to the reservation. We went up for the day with Pastor Rick, and brought the shoes to their museum, in the hopes that this would be a great place for giving them to people. We had such an amazing reception that we decided to go once again. The next time, we collected clothing and shoes, and left those at the local community center in Manderson, South Dakota. Now, we were feeling inspired by Matthew 25:40 and by Jesus… We became the hands and feet of Jesus. We continued to bring items to Manderson, SD and now had a contact person, in Emma Clifford (Pinky) (Purple Plume). She is the “unofficial” mayor of Manderson and the oxygen it needs to keep the small community thriving.

Through Pinky, we have expanded into bringing beds, mattresses, couches, winter clothing, pillows, furniture, toys and Christmas stockings and gifts for children. We continue to bring the Youth Group and we stay anywhere from 1-5 days at a time, often going up for “just the day”. We have mowed lawns, painted, fixed homes and had “community feeds” where we bring up food and cook for the community and for other visiting  groups. We have unofficially adopted the family of Charlotte Romero (with a son, 2 granddaughters and a grandson, Little John). We have raised money to replace windows in home’s on the reservation and given money to families to fix their cars or pay bills.

The teens in our Youth Group have grown tremendously; as have Rick and I. We have grown to love the people at the Reservation, and because of our growth we search for ways to help in our own community.


Rick & Kelly Cederholm

First Baptist Church of Torrington
2241 Main Street
Torrington, WY 82240

***If you would like to share a story about a growing ministry in your church, an outreach event, or would like to introduce your church, please email your story to Amber at wyoba@abcrm.org along with pictures.

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