Eighth Annual Native American Gathering

RainSong will be the Guest Speakers and Music/Worship Leaders

at the

Eighth Annual Native American Gathering

April 12 – 14, 2013


Following Jesus in our Culture

Life Enrichment Center Fruitland Park, Florida near Leesburg

Emcee: Dock Green Silverhawk

Host Drum: Sacred Thunder Drum


Registration Deadline is April 1st

To Register or for more info contact:

Vickie Swartz at 941-544-6951

Trade Blanket Friday Night after the Meeting

Social Stomp Dance Saturday Night

Workshops during the day on Saturday

A loom beading workshop

Flute making and playing workshops

Finger weaving workshop

Storytelling Workshop by Terry Wildman

Sponsored by The Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM), The American Indian Christian Circle of Thonotosassa, FL, All Nations Native Ministries of Sarasota, FL, Inter-tribal Cultural Society, Plant City FL, Sacred Circle Gathering, Auburndale FL, Alter Life Ministry, Thonotosassa, FL and The American Indian Christian Circle of Lake County, Mascotte, FL.

A New Project for a New Year!




A Re-telling of the Sacred Scriptures for Native Americans and all English speaking First Nations People! 


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The idea for this project began in 2002 while Darlene and I lived on the Hopi Indian reservation in Northern Arizona. We were looking for ways to tell the story of the Bible to Native Americans, in a culturally relevant context. After a season of research, we were convinced that no one had yet attempted this.

Further research discovered that even though a few Bible printing organizations had put “Indian” covers and art on “easy to read” Bible versions, no one had made any English speaking translations specifically aimed at Native peoples. We found the very small print and formatting in these bibles made it difficult to read for many of the men in our drum circle gatherings.

With this in mind, I began to write a condensed version of the Bible story. This was done with feedback from Native American Christian leaders and others. The result was our CD The Great Story from the Sacred Book. The feedback we have received from this CD has been overwhelmingly positive from Natives and non-natives alike.

Support the First Nations Version Project

Support the First Nations Version Project

One Native Elder told me, “You say it in English the way we think it in our language”. Another Native Elder said, “If the missionaries had told it to us this way, we would have listened long ago.” The CD also won the Native American Music Award for “Best Spoken Word” in 2009.

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The Conversation Begins!

Mark Charles, Navajo

Mark Charles, Navajo

Today as a Navajo man standing before you, I want to encourage our Native peoples, to not accept this apology. Not out of bitterness, not out of anger, not out of resentment. But out of respect for ourselves, out of respect for Governor Brownback, out of respect for President Obama, and out of respect for our Nation.”

–Mark Charles 12/19/2012


On December 19, 2009 the United States apologized to its Native Peoples—but no one heard it.

Over three hundred million US citizens were apologized for, and don’t even know it.

Nearly five million Native Americans were apologized to, yet only a handful are aware of it.

December 19, 2012 marked the third anniversary of an an “Apology to Native Peoples of the United States” signed by President Obama on December 19, 2009. Among the ironies of this apology, is the fact that it was burried in the US Department of Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 3326; and the fact that it was never announced, publicized or read publicly by either the White House or the 111th Congress.

On this third anniversary I (Terry Wildman) had the privilege, along with a diverse group of citizens, of participating in a public reading of this apology in front of the US Capitol in Washington DC.

This event was hosted by Mark Charles who lives on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Ft. Defiance Arizona, the son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man. He is a speaker, writer, and consultant, who has been on a journey seeking to understand the complexities of our country’s history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the Nation.

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“Star of Wonder” by Terry M. Wildman

There is something that amazes me about the Christmas story.

One thing I never grow tired of contemplating.

God humbled himself and became a human being.

The Sacred Book says it like this.

“He became a human being and lived as one of us. We saw how honorable he was, the kind of honor that comes from being an only son to a father, one who is fully trusted and favored.” John 1:14

I am captivated by the implications.

Overwhelmed at the audacity.

Dumbfounded with the sheer implausibility.


the Creator would become a creation.

the Ruler of the universe would become a servant.

the Author would become the story.

the Almighty would become weak.

the Great teacher would become a student.

the Father would become a child.

Immortality would become mortal and the living one—would die.

What a mysterious way for God to show his glory, in the weakness of human flesh!

He came to serve not to be served—the King became a peasant.

When tempted to break his own laws—the law maker became the law keeper.

The One who created human eyes shed human tears.

The Creator bled and died—like a weak human being!

I can’t take it all in—can’t quite get my mind fully around it.

It’s like a “Star of Wonder”!

“Even though he considered himself to be who he was, the Creator, he lowered himself to become a human being, like one of us. He made himself to be a humble servant of all.” Philippians 1: 5-8

“During the days Jesus walked among us as a human being, he prayed to the Great Spirit for help, with tears and loud cries. Creator was the only one who could rescue him from death. His prayer was heard because of his great respect and fear. Even though he was Creator’s son, he still had to learn, through suffering, how hard it is to walk the Good Road.” Hebrews 5:7-8

There are many ways to think about who the Creator is and what he is like.

I have found that seeing God in the face of Jesus—works for me!

That’s how I see Christmas.


Visit RainSong’s Webstore

One way to help support our non-profit is to purchase our resources. This helps us continue traveling to build bridges of peacemaking and relationship with our First Nations peoples. It also helps us to develop more Books, DVDs, Music and Storytelling CDs.  Thank you for your support!


We have developed a Webstore to make it easier for our family, friends and supporters to find and purchase our resources. Please take time to visit our store and share it with others on Facebook and more!

We also can offer multi-purchase discounts. For more info CLICK HERE to Contact Us.



Creation Speaks

Pre-order now in time for Christmas!

$20 Creation Speaks DVD includes S&H in the continental US.

Only $20 for 14 Songs and 10 Nature Videos.

Free Standard Shipping in the continental U.S.

Creation Speaks is a Musical and Visual Journey where you will experience the wonder and awe of the Creator as revealed in the wildlife and landscape of Alaska.

Music from RainSong’s CDs along with the original videos from Alaska Nature Scapes combine in a breathtaking panorama that will inspire your imagination and captivate your spirit. Filmed and presented in high quality video.

Songs include: Grandfather’s Truth, Sacred Place, Blessing Ways, On Eagle’s Wings, Sacred Warrior Remix, Rivers of Destiny, Gotta Get Away, All Colors Together, Holy is the Lamb, Sunset, Chief Joseph’s Lament, and Don’t Let the Fire Die.

A New Conversation

Pray, attend or both!

Join us in Washington DC as we gather with our Navajo friend Mark Charles from Ft. Defiance Arizona. This is not about a particular brand of politics. It isn’t really even a political statement.

It is simply a response to the apology the US Government stated but never made public and an invitation to take this conversation further–to the people!

RainSong is coming, not to do a concert, but to stand with our brothers and sisters in this important event.

Please view the video below for an amazing look into the heart of Mark Charles and his motives for this gathering.



Home at Last!

We are finally home in Arizona. We arrived about a week ago and then went on a small trip to Mexico with our local church group this last weekend.

When we are home we attend the Community of Hope church and are actively involved in a home group and in helping build bridges with the church and the Native Community.

It was a long and fruitful Summer as we shared our music and storytelling in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Alabama–7 States.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all your prayers and financial support. It is because of help from our friends and family, under God’s provision, that we are able to continue to travel and share the Good News of Jesus and help tear down the walls that separate our peoples.

Continue to pray for us as we enter this season of being home in Arizona and ministering locally. We will be working on our recording projects also.

Be watching for the new project “Creation Speaks” coming soon!

Miigwech Bizandowiyeg (thank you for listening).


Almost Home!

The Desert Wind – Navajo BIC Mission

It has been almost 5 months since we hit the road back on May 5th. We are road weary and ready to enjoy our home in Maricopa Arizona. We should be home by Sept 28th. Yeeeaaahhh!


Tonight we are at the Navajo BIC Mission in New Mexico about 30 miles South of Bloomfield.

On Friday 6pm we will share our music and storytelling with the local community including Navajos from the area.

On Monday and Tuesday Terry will speak at the Overcomers school, a drug and alcohol treatment and discipleship program. Four Navajo men are currently in the three month long voluntary program.

On Tuesday morning RainSong will share at the Nizhoni school with 12 students from the local community.

Oasis Church 1601 N. Dustin Farmington, NM 87401


Sept 23rd on Sunday evening 6pm RainSong will be in Concert at the Oasis Church in Farmington. We are looking forward to reconnecting with Pastors Randy and Emmet and the church family there.


Then on Sept 26th Wednesday afternoon 3pm we will be sharing our music and storytelling again at the Sun Valley Indian School near Holbrook AZ. We had a great time there back in May and are looking forward to seeing the students, their parents and the staff again.

The Warriors

The Justice Gate – Birmingham – Sept 15th -11am to 11pm

Redigging the Wells 11:00am to 11:00pm Railroad Park in Birmingham Alabama.

At 2:30pm RainSong will be leading worship for the Restoring Honor to the Native Americans portion of this event along with Sacred Thunder Drum. Also prayer leader Rita Bear Gray.

(For those marching to Railroad Park from the place of the 1963 Klan bombing.)
10:00 – Worship begins at the Kelly Ingram Park Bandshell – Kelly Mitchell Worship Team
11:00 – The Procession Vision – Paul Hughes
11:15 – Moving into position – Banners, drummers, dancers, marchers, horses
11:30 – Procession begins
Noon – Procession arrives at Railroad Park
10:00 – Jonathan Newman Worship Team
11:00 – Laura Hackett Worship Team
Noon – Procession arrives, dancers, 49 shofars blown
12:15 – Opening Prayer and Introduction – RDW Leaders
12:30 – Remembering September 15, 1963 – Demetrics Roscoe, Bernardine Layton
1:15 – Call to the Cross of Jesus – Jim Lowe
1:30 – Corporate Confession – Thomas Wilder
1:45 – Father’s Blessing – Calvin Woods/Negiel Bigpond/Jack Downey2:00 – Offering and Choir w/Daniel Cason
2:15 – Preparing the Battle field – Paul Hughes
2:30 – Restoring Honor to the Native American – RainSong-Sacred Thunder Drum-Rita Bear Gray
3:30 – Contending for the African-American Destiny – Will Ford
4:30 – Ending the Genocide of Abortion – Jim Pinto
5:30 – Turning the Tide of Sexual Rebellion – Paul Hughes
6:00 – Contending for Spiritual Awakening in Alabama – Kyle Searcy
7:00 – Building a 24/7 Furnace of Corporate Prayer and Worship
7:45 – Caleb Hughes Worship Team
8:15 – Excellence of Jesus – Allen Hood
9:00 – Prayers for Spiritual Awakening in a New Generation – Chosen
9:30 – Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem
9:45 – Declarations over Birmingham, Alabama, and America – Paul Hughes/Kyle Searcy/Doug Stringer
10:00 – Laura Hackett Worship Team w/ Chosen and Blessed Hands
11:00 – Jubilee -50 Shofars blown. A New Birmingham begins!