Dave Sprinkle is a missionary and musician who, along with his wife Lisa, is carrying on Rich’s vision of using music lessons to reach kids on the Navajo and Apache reservations through an organization called Hope in Transit (http://www.hopeintransit.org). Dave and Lisa use music as the vehicle, but their true goal is just to struggle alongside the kids, being real and trying their best to show the kids that they are loved instead of just telling them that they are loved.
Several years before the 1997 accident, a friend asked Dave to go to a Christian concert by a guy named Rich Mullins. Dave would not give Christian musicians the time of day at that point because he thought they were too fake, and as luck would have it the concert was what many would call the worst show of Rich’s career–the room was scorching hot, the sound was bad, the instruments wouldn’t stay in tune…even the microphone stands and water bottles were in on the conspiracy! Rich’s infamous temper flashed, and while many at the concert were disappointed, Dave thought, ‘That wasn’t fake!’
After many years of following Rich’s career, and some time working on the reservation Dave and Lisa, computer programmers at the time, got the call when Rich’s family and friends decided to try to complete Rich’s vision of a Traveling Music School. Now, 13 years into that ministry, Dave understands Rich’s vision and passion for the reservation more each year.
Dave’s speaking calls into question, “If the promises of Jesus are true, aren’t the commands also true? If John 3:16 is true, isn’t James 2:16 also true?” Dave issues the same challenge to the church that Jesus issued when he told the story of “the Good Samaritan”–Who is the good neighbor to Native people…the religious elite who stay clean by not getting mixed up in it, or those who will sacrificially give?
Diamond Willow Ministries (DWM) is a 501c3 non-profit Christian relief organization (all contributions to this ministry are tax deductible) comprised of members brought together by a common vision. God has worked in wonderful ways to bring together our varied group of individuals, who are compelled to love and serve here with our unique talents. We are comprised of Dakota, Lakota, and non-Indians, most of whom work and live here on the Crow Creek Reservation. We however, are only one part of the DWM team. The great things happening here are also the result of those from around the world who see the need, share the vision, and contribute through giving financially and through prayer.
DWM is not a part of any denominational system, but it is associated with and supported by independent congregations which are generally called Christian Churches or Churches of Christ. These churches call all Christians to unite behind the practices and teachings of the church described in the New Testament as a means of more effectively evangelizing the world.