Faith, Pioneering People
A history of the Lutheran church in South Dakota, edited
by Donald Sneen 1981. In Chapter 1: "Life in the New Land - 1859 - 1880: The Scandinavian Experience", Doris
Stensland wrote about the Norwegian Lutherans who first settled into
the new Dakota Territory.
A TRIBUTE TO THE PIONEERS
they are gone,
testify of men
had a love for God
put Him first.
Sarahs by their sides.
left the fjords
mountain scenes behind.
Sodhouses sprouted on the plains
from their meager stores
sacrificed to build
life was rough
knelt and praised the Lord
knew so well.
we still can hear their voice:
made our choice.
us and for our house,
served the Lord."
then we stop and wonder.....
hundred years yonder
history say the same
Compiled by a committee of the Moe
Lutheran Parish, edited by Doris Stensland.
This booklet reflects a history of the Pioneers of the Lands, Romsdal and Trinity Lutheran Churches, rural Hudson,
South Dakota. Published in 1982.
how can we forget you?
live in houses that you built
plow where you broke sod
benefit from trees you planted long ago
we know Christ because you taught your children God.
We lovingly dedicate this book to the
pioneer people of Moe Parish who through their lives - with their dreams, their
pains, their perseverance, their faith in God and their accomplishments -
encourage and inspire us.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so
great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which
clings so closely, and let us run with perserverance
the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of
our faith." Hebrews 12:1,2