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

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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.

That…

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.

 

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Creation Speaks

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

Only $20 for 14 Songs and 10 Nature Videos.

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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.

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH THOSE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED.

 

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!

NAVAJO BIC MISSION

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

THE OASIS IN FARMINGTON

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.

SUN VALLEY INDIAN SCHOOL

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.

PROCESSION SCHEDULE
(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
RAILROAD PARK SCHEDULE
10 TO 12:30 – BUBBLING TO BOILING
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 – THE LOVE OF JESUS – THE LOVE THAT FORGIVES
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 to 7– THE BATTLE OF BIRMINGHAM- CONTENDING FOR JUSTICE
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 to 11 – RELEASING JUBILEE TO A NEW GENERATION
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!

RainSong: Upcoming Events 2012

It has been an eventful summer and things are finally slowing down a little for us. We are taking this time to catch up on some needed work and focus on upcoming projects.

Terry is in the midst of the design process for the packaging of a New DVD Music Video–to be released later this year. We will soon reveal more information on this exciting project that has been in the works for almost 4 years!

Friday August 10th Terry will be attending a training seminar for educators being offered by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe a the Zibiwing Center. The seminar trains educators with the tools and information needed to present to the public information regarding the Residential Indian Boarding Schools and their impact upon Native Americans today.

Here are some of the soon to come events for RainSong…

4700 East Beltline Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Sunday August 19th during the morning 10:00am service at Vineyard North Church RainSong will be sharing our music and storytelling and Terry will be bringing the message. We are looking forward to re-connecting with our long time friends there. In 2003 the Vineyard hosted a significant 2 day conference, Living in Color, led by Terry and Darlene, that introduced the church community to Native Speakers and the history of the local Native Americans. Years ago Terry was one of the staff pastors for this church.

Adado Riverfront Park, Lansing MI

Saturday August 25th, Lansing Bless Fest, about 3:30pm. RainSong will be providing an hour of music and storytelling about 3:30pm at this Music Festival. From the Bless Fest Website: This Festival will be held at Adado Riverfront Park on August 24th and 25th! EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!! Live music, food, clothing, prayer, kids play area, mother and baby tent and much more! We would love to see you in August at our 7th annual Lansing Bless Fest!!!! For more details please visit us at the link provided.

RainSong will be sharing our Music and Message at this Historic event along with Sacred Thunder Drum

Saturday,September 15th Noon till Midnight. Don’t miss this historic  12 hour gathering at Legion Field in Birmingham Alabama. RainSong has been asked to help lead a 1 hour segment for the Native Americans. along with our friends on the Sacred Thunder Drum from Florida. This is a movement for releasing justice in Jesus name to a new generation. Regional spiritual transformation involves healing generational wounds and renewing generational covenants to move cultures forward with biblical Kingdom values under the leadership of Jesus. Corporate prayer gatherings at key places, at key times, with key people bring reconciliation and redemption for transformation.

Sunday September 16th, Following the above event RainSong along with Sacred Thunder Drum will be having a gathering at the Dooley Ranch, 7100 Cabin Lane, Pinson AL 35126. Tom and Laura Dooley are the hosts.

September 20-24 on our way home to Arizona we plan to stop again at “The Desert Wind” the Navajo BIC mission in New Mexico. Terry will be teaching at the Overcomers Program and RainSong will provide a concert again for the local community. We visited there in May when we left on this trip.

Sunday, September 23rd, 6pm at The Oasis Church, 1601 N. Dustin Suite B, Farmington, NM 87401. RainSong will provide an evening concert along with our Navajo friends Emmet and Debbie Fowler. Emmet is the worship pastor for the church.

Make sure you check our calendar as we often fill in dates not listed here. CLICK HERE FOR OUR CALENDAR.

 

Still in Michigan

RainSong at the Bradley Indian Mission Church, near Gun Lake Michigan, Sunday July 29th.

After finishing a week of vacation at Silver Lake we are now back to work and still in Michigan. We are staying near Hastings and living in our RV. We home base here to travel locally.

We plan to stay here through August 26th and then we begin a southward journey that will land us in Birmingham Alabama for the “Redigging the Wells” event on September 15th. We hope to be home in Arizona at the end of September.

Make sure you check out our Online Calendar for our schedule.

Last night we reconnected with Ray and Carol Befus, Pastors from Vineyard North in Grand Rapids Michigan. Years ago Terry was one of the staff pastors there. We had a friendly gathering at their home for those interested in Native Ministry. Our friends Mike Peters and Kelly Ellis of 4Fires Ministry joined us there also. We will be leading the entire service at Vineyard North on August 19th at 10:00am.

Next Friday Terry will be attending a training seminar for educators being offered by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe a the Zibiwing Center. The seminar trains educators with the tools and information needed to present to the public information regarding the Residential Indian Boarding Schools and their impact upon Native Americans today.

Thank you for your financial support and prayers!

RainSong will be sharing our Music and Message at this Historic event September 15th. Click on the image for more info.