Looking Back on 2019

2019 has been a year of blessings and challenges. In January Terry was in recovery mode from a heart attack in November. For 3 months he attended cardio rehab sessions.

After much prayer, we felt it was time to finish our work at Northport Indian Mission Church in northern Michigan and move back to Arizona to focus on the First Nations Version. Our house sold to the first couple that looked at it and gave a cash offer. And we were surprised and blessed at how quickly Creator provided a new pastor for the Northport Church, a woman who had worked with our congregation in the past and most already knew and loved her.

The previous December we were invited to attend Urbana 2018 by InterVarsity Native Ministries to serve as Elders in the Native Lounge. They ordered 500 First Nations Version to give away to students and staff. The Theme for Urbana 2018 was the Book of Revelation. Terry was able to prepare 18 chapters of Revelation ahead of time to draw some of the students into a review process with him during their break.  InterVarsity Native Ministries has adopted the FNV for use in their groups.

Before moving to Arizona we still had some local ministry commitments to finish. As RainSong we were invited to the Lac Vieux Desert Reservation in Watersmeet Michigan–the upper peninsula in February. On the way, we stopped by the InterVarsity Cedar Camp to connect with the leadership and then made our way to the reservation where we spent a week sharing our music, storytelling and the First Nations Version with many tribal members both at the church and on the reservation. The tribe purchased both our music and the FNV for use in some of their programs.

In mid-March, we moved to Arizona with the help of Jake and Shannon Walters from Traverse City who drove our Uhaul all the way. Once we settled in Terry was able to hunker down and work on the First Nations Version. We also found a little time to do some local and national ministry. 

Some of our travels also took us to: YWAM Native Ministries retreat in Montana to share the FNV and honor local elders. Vineyard Community Church in Gilbert Arizona to help lead worship and share about the FNV. Wiconi Family Camp and Sing to the Mountains Native music festival in Turner Oregon. YWAM Tribal Winds in Flagstaff Arizona in May and October. We partnered with InterVarsity Native Ministries and Cru Nations to help them connect with a local Arizona tribe, the Pima – Maricopa Indian Community for the Would Jesus Eat Frybread Conference in November. Terry was a speaker at a community conference hosted by Montana Indian Ministries and Lutheran Indian Ministries on the Fort Belknap reservation in Montana. 

Sometimes we cannot believe the incredible way the First Nations Version is touching the hearts of Native AND non-Native people across the country and beyond.  HE is able to do exceedingly abundantly over anything we could ask or think… We entered into this project with no idea if or how it would be accepted or needed. Much to our surprise and great joy many have written to let us know how it has changed their lives or to share a story about someone who received it. Churches take it with them on their mission trips and the college students keep asking for more.  We can’t get this finished fast enough! 

We finished the year with about 92 percent of the drafting done and about 70 percent of the reviewing finished. We hope to be ready for print in mid-summer of 2020. InterVarsity Press has shown great interest in publishing the FNV New Testament when it is done! 

There is still time to give an end of year donation. Please prayerfully consider supporting this ministry and the FNV Project.

If you normally connect to us through US Postal Service please check that you have updated the mailing address: 

RAIN MINISTRIES  PO BOX 1082  MARICOPA  AZ   85139

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.