Back to Arizona

After serving nearly 4 years pastoring the Northport Indian Mission – UMC church in Michigan, Terry and Darlene have returned to Arizona. Pastoring a church and managing the First Nations Version translation became an overwhelming task. As the church grew it became more and more difficult to maintain both ministries. It became clear to us it was time to move on from pastoring and dedicate most of our time to the translation work. Our house in Michigan sold and Creator provided a new Pastor for the Church, so, with a little help from our friends, we packed up our belongings and moved back to Maricopa Arizona.

Terry will be dedicating most of his time to the First Nations Version (FNV) translation, but we will still be traveling from time to time as RainSong, sharing our music and storytelling and info about the FNV.

If you are interested in booking RainSong please contact us for availability.

Birth of the Chosen One

Please enjoy this video we created using art from our book Birth of the Chosen One. Creator Came Down is an original song written and sung by Terry and Darlene Wildman. Paintings by Ramone Romero.

You can download this song for free from BandCamp. Just enter 0 (zero) in the “name your price” window. Its our gift to you!

RainSong at United Adoration Songwriting Retreat

The last week of September RainSong (Terry and Darlene) traveled to Fort Wayne Indiana to help facilitate a songwriting event with participants from many nations. The event was held at Heartland Church in Fort Wayne IN, a church we formerly attended for 5 years while we living there. United Adoration sponsored and led the retreat.

60+ songwriters, both inexperienced and seasoned, gathered to help create some “sacred space” for creativity and inspiration. RainSong led a time of worship and singing with our First Nations style of Music and Storytelling. We also served as “fathers and mothers” along with some other “elders,” helping the participants during their songwriting sessions.

People from Kenya and Wales and several US states were among the participants. Many beautiful songs were written and shared. It was a great time of forming new friendships and lasting relationships. Also many new doors may be opening up for RainSong to visit and share our Music and Storytelling abroad!

Arizona and California

In February RainSong will once again be traveling in Arizona and California. Here are the dates and places we are currently scheduled to share our music and storytelling.

Feb 11th – RainSong will lead worship at Community of Hope in Maricopa Arizona – 3 morning services: 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00am.

Feb 13-15 – Tecate Mexico with missionary Jean E. Fries.

Feb 22-23 – RainSong will be leading worship at the Native American Connection 2018–and yes Darlene will be there (it wouldn’t be RainSong without her!) Click Here or on the poster below for more information.

2018 and Beyond

This year marks 20 years of ministry among our Native American – First Nations people of Turtle Island (America). For the last two and a half years we have been living in Michigan and pastoring half-time at the UMC Indian Mission Church of Northport. The other half of our ministry has been managing the First Nations Version Translation of the New Testament, and occasionally traveling as RainSong.

On November 15th we released the latest publication of the FNV New Testament-Walking the Good Road:The Gospels and Acts with Ephesians. This completes half of the New Testament. This book is available on Amazon.com.

As we look ahead to 2018 we will continue to pastor the Northport Church, continue to work on the First Nations Version Translation and travel as RainSong.

Your prayers and financial support are needed and appreciated. 

First Nations Version Progress

 

We are thrilled to announce that the next print of the First Nations Version New Testament  is now avalable.

This print includes all 4 Gospels, Acts and Ephesians.

Awareness of the FNV is growing and several national organizations are using it in their Bible studies and outreaches with First Nations people.

 

 

 


The First Nations Version of the New Testament is one of the more important developments in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Indigenous peoples to come along in a very long time. To have a version of the Bible that speaks to the inner Native voice is something that will resonate as we share the Good News with our Native brothers and sisters. Lutheran Indian Ministries is proud to attach its name in support of this great work and we are excited to be a part of the team in helping it to get into the hands of Native peoples everywhere.

Tim Young Eagle, Executive Director, Lutheran Indian Ministries


The FNV has quickly become a go to resource for Native InterVarsity across the nation. We are using it in our small group Bible studies and it is influencing the words we choose when we invite students to the full life that Creator Sets Free offers. The word choices of the FNV not only resonate with Native students, but they are offering a fresh hearing of Scripture for non-Natives. For example when we talk about ‘bad hearts’ and ‘broken ways’ people can see that in themselves and others. But when we talk about ‘sin,’ defenses and blinders go up immediately. I would recommend FNV to any Native person who wants to learn more about Jesus and any non-Native person who longs to be able to read scripture with new eyes.

Megan Murdock Krischke, Wyandotte\Cherokee, Native InterVarsity Coordinator, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, USA.

 

News from the Good Road

Aanii (greetings) from Terry and Darlene Wildman.

We are still walking the Good Road with Jesus, and continue building local relationships as we Pastor the Northport Indian UMC in Michigan.

As RainSong we also have a few events coming up this Spring!

March 8-11 – we are in the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix Area).

March 12 – join us at Community of Hope Church in Maricopa for two morning services 9:30 and 11:00am.

March 13-17 We will be teaching at the YWAM Tribal Winds Discipleship Training School in Flagstaff AZ.

March 19 – Creator’s Fellowship, Church Rock, NM. 11:00am.

April 20-22 RainSong will be teaching and sharing our music and storytelling at the 12 Annual Native American Gathering at the Life Enrichment Center in the Leesburg Florida Area.

First Nations Version

We are making good progress on the First Nations Version please visit our website for the ongoing progress or to donate.