First Nations Version: Luke and Ephesians

luke-eph-cover-lowrez-203x300As many of you know, much of our time and energy is being divided between pastoring Northport Indian UMC and the First Nations Version: New Testament.

We are pleased to announce that the Gospel of Luke and Ephesians is now in print and growing in demand.

Checkout our FNV Website for more information.

Please continue to pray for and support this much needed translation.

Looking Ahead in 2016

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The First Nations Version Project that we are leading is creating a lot of excitement and anticipation. Over 35 Native People continue to have input as translators, reviewers, checkers and cultural consultants.

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The First Nations Version Project is a new translation, retelling the story of the Bible, primarily for the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America)

The FNV attempts to capture the clarity and beauty of our Native storytellers, while maintaining accuracy to meaning of Scripture.

 

Creator Came Down!

Our Christmas gift to you…

A FREE DOWNLOAD OF CREATOR CAME DOWN Click on “download” on the music player below and when prompted for “name your price” put in “0” (zero) and its yours FREE! Or just click the play button and listen as much as you want.


A First Nations Version Book

A First Nations Version Book

The Gift of Story!

Are you looking for a special gift to give to family and friends? Please consider giving the gift of story!

Your purchase helps support Rain Ministries and the further translation of the entire New Testament in a similar style. Please Click Here for more information about our partnership with OneBook for this project.

Birth of the Chosen One is a hardcover book filled with beautiful full color illustrations and the text is the story of Jesus birth taken from Matthew and Luke, translated in English for First Nations people in the US and Canada. But you don’t have to be First Nations to appreciate it.

CLICK HERE or on the image of the book to learn more, and order your copy now, before the Christmas rush.


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Four Gospels ~ One Story

Go further into the story with this book: When the Great Spirit Walked Among Us. All four Gospels blended into one story and retold, verse by verse, with our First Nations people in mind.

CLICK HERE or on the book image for more information, or to order.

 

Ten Little Indians

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Northport Indian UMC

Have you been wondering what RainSong has been up to lately? Lots! Terry, with the help of Darlene, is now the Pastor of Northport Indian UMC near Traverse City Michigan. We have settled into our home there, and are planting our feet in North West Michigan, to invest our lives in local ministry with a First Nations (Native American) community.

We recently introduced ourselves at the council meeting of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Each council member was given a gift, and we shared our desire to build a bridge of friendship between the Tribe and the Church. We were very well received and the video was posted on the tribal website. Pray for us as we continue this part of our journey of faith.

Ten Little Indians Do A Big Thing

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First Nation Translators with Wycliffe Associates in Orlando Florida

As Rain Ministries we have also been deeply involved in a project that may touch the lives of millions of our First Nation/Native American people who live on Turtle Island (North America).

In September Ten Little Indians came together from ten tribes to launch this project. Navajo, Ojibwe, Kiowa, Potawatomi, Blackfeet, Wasco, Cherokee, Pawnee, Kalispel, and Creek were all represented. It was a great week of training, learning and translating.

We are now beginning the second phase of the FNV project. On November 1-14 a group of 10 to 12 First Nations people will come together in Calgary Canada for a two-week session. On the first week, half the group will meet to establish key words and terminology, then move into translating the Gospels. The second week the other half of the group will come and partner with the first group to move into Acts and the letters.

Here is a promotional letter explaining the project.

The First Nations Version Project

An exciting new Bible translation project has just launched—by First Nations People, for First Nations People!

Although it will be in English, it is unique—designed to touch the hearts of the seven million First Nations People living across North America. Many have lost the fluency of their mother tongue due to regrettable government assimilation policies, and now use English as their first language. Despite this loss, they have retained their traditional way of thought and speech through an oral story-telling fashion, with its simple beauty and profound imagery.

OneBook of Canada, with the help of Wycliffe Associates, is partnering with Rain Ministries of the US to develop the First Nations Version (FNV) of the New Testament. We seek to bring alive the good news of the Gospel in the style of the First Nations People and encourage them to integrate their Christian faith with their cultural world-view.

Our goal is to have 15 to 25 Native North Americans come together using a group method of translation that increases accuracy and church ownership while enhancing translation speed. Each participant in the translation process believes the Bible to be inspired by God and authoritative in the Church. To insure a high quality translation, the text produced will be checked and refined by one or more reviewing councils, that will include some who are proficient in Hebrew and Greek.

Distribution will be done through churches, Bible colleges, bookstores and online. Furthermore, a digital version of the FNV, for devices such as smartphones, will be produced, and an oral version is already in the planning stages.

Michigan Move

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The Land of the Anishinaabek

For the past 15 years Terry and Darlene Wildman have been visiting the Northwestern area of the lower peninsula of Michigan, building relationships with some local churches, houses of prayer, and the Grand Traverse Bay Band and Little Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Over the past two summers RainSong shared our music and storytelling and helped lead the camp-meetings at all three Indian Mission churches in the Grand Traverse Bay area.


RainSong has been traveling full time for over 10 years now, sowing seeds of healing an reconciliation as we have visited state after state crisscrossing this great continent.  After much recent prayer we felt a growing desire to focus our ministry on a more local level, living close to a Native community, and investing in relationships on an ongoing basis.


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This past January we felt led to make a trip to the Grand Traverse Bay area of Michigan and reconnect with the churches, tribal centers, house of prayer and friends in the area. We discovered that the pastor of the Northport United Methodist Indian mission was retiring, and some of our friends thought we should pray about pastoring that church. After more prayer and waiting on Creator, we felt the desire to press forward and explore the possibility of pastoring again.


Long story, short, we met with Anita Hahn, the Grand Traverse District Superintendant of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church, to explore possibilities. And now, after 3 months of prayer and waiting on our Creator, we have accepted a pastorate at the Northport UMC Indian Mission, beginning this summer–July 1st 2015.


Since this is a part-time pay position, we will still need the financial support from those who have been so gracious to us in the past. The greatest part of our support has always come from our travels, and now our traveling will be greatly reduced (only 8 weeks out of the year), we will need to supplement what the church is able to give us with your support.


We have already sold our home in Arizona. It sold quickly and at full asking price! We packed our U-haul on May 2nd and moved our household into a storage unit near Suttons Bay Michigan. We will return to Arizona on May 17th  to close on our house, pick up the RV and Jeep and begin a ministry trip that will take us through Minnesota and Wisconsin on our way to Michigan. We plan to live in our RV for the summer as we look for a new home. During the Month of June we will be sharing our music and storytelling on June 26-28th at the Sing to the Mountains Music Festival in North Carolina and July 23-25 at the Wiconi Family Camp and Powwow in Oregon.


Song of the Bluebird

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$12 plus $2.50 shipping and handling. Continental US Only!


10 instrumental songs!

Click Here for 3D Web View

Featuring Darlene Wildman on the Cedar Flutes.

Everywhere we go as RainSong people tell us how moved and touched they are by Darlene’s flute playing. On a few occasions people told us they had been physically healed by God when she played the flute over them.

Click on the image to the right and you will see the interior and the CD disc art on a video presentation.

Here are some samples from 4 of the songs…

Sunrise

Song of the Bluebird

Waves in the Desert

Dance of the Hummingbirds


 

Our Gift for the Holiday Season!

As a gift to our friends this holiday season, we are giving away a free download of our song: “When the Creator Came Down”. 

Click download and enter “0” (zero) for “name your price”.

We are also lowering the price on our CDs to $10 each through the end of 2014!

Merry Christmas as we celebrate the Birth of Jesus!


 

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Rising Sun

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Rise Up and Dance

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Hoop of Life

The Great Story CD $15 + $1.50 S&H in the continental US.

Great Story

 


RainSong has a new Youtube Video based on the Birth of the Chosen One and the song When the Creator Came Down. Check it out!

The Gift of Story

Give the Gift of Story This Year!

Order Now for the Holidays!

Listen to the Story Again ~ For the First Time


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$19.95 + 3.50  S+H

Birth of the Chosen One

$19.95 plus $3.50 shipping and handling

Birth of the Chosen One is a book for children of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by Cherokee artist Ramone Romero. Retold for all English speaking First Nations Peoples and for all who want to hear the story again from a fresh perspective.

Click Here or on the book image for information on ordering.


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$15 + $3.50 S+H

When the Great Spirit Walked Among Us

$15 plus $3.50 shipping and handling

When the Great Spirit Walked Among Us continues beyond the birth story and tells the Gospel Story as a single narrative for First Nations people and all who love the story of Jesus. This book will take you on a refreshing journey into the Gospels.

Click Here or on the book image for information on ordering.