More Than Just a Dress

At the beginning of this year, Church at The Mill received notice that one of our ministry partners, Montana Indian Ministries, had a need. The ministry wanted to provide prom dresses for the high school girls on the Indian reservation they serve in order for them to be able to have a full prom experience.

Erica Collins teaches at the reservation’s high school and volunteers with Montana Indian Ministries. Erica had the idea to fulfill this need for the high school girls with whom she works because she wanted to do something special for these girls and minister to them in a very special way.

Stephanie Powell is the Relationship Coordinator between Church at The Mill and Montana Indian Ministries. When she had her monthly call with Pastor Bruce Plummer, president of the ministry, at the end of January, he mentioned this unique opportunity to serve their community and asked if Church at The Mill could help.

Many people jumped on board to donate dresses, and Church at The Mill was able to collect 54 dresses to send to Montana. Other churches partnered as well. Montana Indian Ministries gave away more than 20 dresses at the special event they held at their church, but Erica has been able to give out more since the event, about 70 dresses total. Some were brand new, still bearing the sales tags, and some were gently used. Either way, the dresses were a blessing to many high school girls on the reservation. “This was probably the best thing they’ve ever received,” Stephanie said.

Pastor Bruce was very thankful to have the support from Church at The Mill, and he believes that taking advantage of this opportunity has really opened their ministry to the community. “It has been an avenue for them to be seen in the community,” Stephanie said. In addition to providing the dresses, Montana Indian Ministries plans to host a special dinner for the high school students attending the Prom. They will host the dinner at their local community center, complete with a full-course meal and music provided by local radio host (and ministry volunteer), Gerald Stiffarm.

Originally scheduled for March 28, the Prom had to be postponed due to the situation with COVID-19. No matter what, God has used Montana Indian Ministries — as well as Church at The Mill — to minister to the high school girls on the Indian reservation. 

 

Below, Erica Collins expresses thanks to Church at The Mill for their help in this endeavor.

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