Winnebago Reformed Church

Winnebago, Nebraska

Resting in the heart of town, on the captivating Winnebago Indian Reservation, sits Winnebago Reformed Church. The Winnebago are a culturally rich people, and members of the church have a heart for sharing the love of the Lord. For more than 100 years Winnebago Reformed Church has loved the people of its community.

Today the church community does this through a home repair ministry and a food pantry. Teams that are privileged to spend time here will swing hammers, swipe paint brushes, and fell trees. Some volunteers will serve with area youth in VBS projects and similar programs. Come explore what’s happening in the Winnebago community as you give from the heart and receive much more in return.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. —Colossians 3:23, NIV

I have had the pleasure to serve in Winnebago 14 times on a regular basis, bringing older teens from Michigan to build relationships with Winnebago children and youth. We deeply appreciate the ministries of Winnebago Reformed Church and its members. Lowell and Connie have brought new life to the ministry there, enhancing worship and study, strengthening children and community programs, walking with the elderly, and especially demonstrating effective and large-scale ministries to those in need in the Winnebago Reservation community. Their gracious hospitality has helped ours and many other visiting teams to impact the community for Jesus Christ, and to help us to humbly learn from our Ho-Chunk brothers and sisters about their culture and love for God. We look together to the day of Revelation 9: "And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation." —Lisa H.

Opportunity type: 
Volunteer opportunities: 

Volunteers of all ages and skill sets are welcome. They participate in building and maintenance projects at the church and in local homes. The church needs Sunday school teachers, is looking to start a junior- and senior-high outreach, and participates in a local food pantry four days a month. VBS opportunities are available as well.


Men stay in Sunday school rooms and use bathrooms that are located in church; women stay in an apartment with bathrooms that is located above the church. The upstairs apartment is available all year round with the exception of a few days in November.

Food: Teams make their own meals in a kitchen located in the church. Teams eat one meal during the week with the community.

Group size - maximum: 
Cost notes: 

Cost varies based on the needs of and projects undertaken by each group, as groups pay only for their project materials. There is no cost for staying at the church, but teams must supply their own meals/groceries.

Nearest airport: 

Sioux Gateway Airport (Sioux City), Sioux Falls Regional Airport, or Eppley Airfield (Omaha)

Packing suggestions: 

Appropriate clothing for group projects in the community, bedding and towels, etc.

Free day suggestions: 

Visit the museum at the junior college, Sioux City, or the community pool.

Contact information: 

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.