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Nuns from India Serve on Standing Rock Indian Reservation

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Imagine leaving your home and traveling over 8,000 miles to live in a completely different culture.

That's exactly what four religious sisters have done.

Steph Scheurer takes us out to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to see how the nuns are making an impact.

"They lack a little focusing, listening," says Sister Silvin.

"Us kids don't listen that well, because like where she's from, they listen really well," says Selena Silk, 6th Grader.

Adjusting to a new culture can come with a few challenges...

Traveling all the way from Kerala, India; Sister Silvin, Sister Amal Grace, Sister Navya, and Sister Shobita are dedicating their time to teaching the children of St. Bernard Catholic Mission School.

"We love the people, especially the kids in the school. They are really loving to learn," says Sister Silvin.

"They teach us how to meditate. And the other one teaches us social studies," says Picabo Reeves, 6th Grader.

Sister Silvin says in India, they taught 1400 students and it was unimaginable to learn their names.

Here at Standing Rock, the sister's have formed a bond with the students.

"We have learned almost every student's name in the school and we have more relationship with the kids," says Sister Silvin.

The nuns say they've enjoyed experiencing the differences between our culture and theirs...the food, the population, and of course...our not so steamy climate.

"We don't have snow in Kerala so we were seeing the snowing so it was really amazing," says Sister Navya.

The sisters say adjusting to a new culture has been challenging but they're eager to fulfill God's purpose.

"We missionaries came just to keep them more close to the Catholic faith and also to make them more active in their life. Just to give them some goals in their life," says Sister Navya.

"I'd like them to come to Jesus. That's the longing of my heart," says Sister Silvin.

They've certainly opened the hearts of youth in this community.

"It's just amazing to have a sister from a different country," says Reeves.

"We know they love us. We too love them," says Sister Amal Grace.

The sisters were asked by Mother Liza, their superior to come to the Bismarck Diocese Indian Reservation.

Sister Silvin says even though it was hard to leave their families at home, they're happy to be here.

They plan to be at Standing Rock for 5 years but after two and a half, she says she'll travel back to India to visit.

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