I had quite a weekend. Saturday took me out to Pierre, the capitol of our wintry state, to teach a class on basic preaching for some clergy, students and lay leaders. A good group braved the cold and slick roads to take part and we had a great day. Here they are digging into Bible lessons for an upcoming Sunday.
Nearby, Dennis Daugaard was being sworn in as the 32nd Governor of SD. Here's the capitol building. Remember to pray for all those in public office! It is a Christian responsibility to do so.
Sunday was a blast as I got to see the South Sudanese community heading out to Omaha to vote in their homeland's referendum on independence. Thanks to all who contributed to charter a bus for them... here it is! Another church contributed a second bus charter, so a significant group was able to travel in safety and comfort to have a say in their nation's future. There were folks from all three Sioux Falls Episcopal congregations present to give a horn honking send-off to our neighbors.
Government of South Sudan site has many useful links and current news.