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Ashland Friends

We have had a busy couple of weeks as we have connected with friends in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. We returned to Heartland Church on June 3rd following the Miami Nation Powwow. What a great morning reconnecting with friendships made in the last 5 years!

On Friday June 8th we rejoined the Ann Arbor Lighthouse for an evening of Music and Storytelling. It was a sobering evening as Terry shared his heart regarding our visit to the Mt. Pleasant Boarding School for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe’s day of Honoring, Healing and Remembering.

We took some personal time on Sunday June 10th to attend the open house of two of our Grandchildren for their High School Graduation.

We visited our friends at 4Fires Ministry led by Mike Peters in Grand Rapids on the following Wednesday.

Then on to Ohio where we did some follow up gatherings from the April visit to Ashland University and Seminary. Ashland UMC hosted us for an evening concert and then for their entire Sunday morning service. A time of Q and A was held after the service on Sunday and about 25 folks stayed to dig deeper into ways to bring healing and reconciliation.

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On Monday we shared our Music and Story telling at the Native American Indian and Veterans Center in Norton OH. There was a good community turnout with Native and Non-natives present.

On Wednesday we provided a Community Concert at the Menwa Apartments in Wadsworth OH. It was great sharing our Music with all the Elders present. We want to thank our friend Ken Brandes of Recon Ministries (who works there) for connecting us with so many places here in Ohio. We are staying with Ken and his wife Geo while were are here.

Be sure to click on our calendar for more of our schedule—->

Redigging the Wells Sept 15th

RainSong has been invited to lead a time of worship at this 12 hour historic event, Sept 15th, in Birmingham Alabama!

Mark your calendars… come if you can… pray if you can’t!

Join RainSong along with many others at this historic event!

On Sep. 15th, 2012 – 12 Noon to 12 Midnight, thousands will converge at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama to “Re-dig the Wells of Revival” in united prayer and worship, for reconciliation, redemption and transformation in Alabama and across the nation. This is a multi-racial, cross-denominational gathering celebrating the power of the blood of Jesus over every injustice in our land.

REDIGGING THE WELLS 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.

Honoring, Healing and Remembering

Warren Petoskey (Lakota/Odawa) and his wife Barbara

On Wednesday June 6th 2012 we attended a special gathering hosted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Mt. Pleasant Michigan.

The government has given the Tribe the land and buildings where the Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School  was located. It was established in 1893 and ran till 1934 with an average of 300 students per year.

Our friend Warren Petoskey from Michigan was an honored guest and the day included the showing of a DVD documentary that he helped direct and produce about the Mt. Pleasant school.

Also our friends Mike Peters and Kelly Ellis of 4-Fires Ministry attended with us and participated in the prayers and tours.

It was a deeply moving day as many Elders shared their own experiences and those of their parents. I was born and raised in Michigan and found it difficult to hear and process the sorrow, pain and injustices that have taken place on that property.

It is hard to believe that such things took place in the “Land of the Free” where everyone is supposed to be considered “equal”. The pursuit of happiness was certainly denied these children.

Spirit Runners carried, through the streets and then into the gathering, the names of over 150 children who died while in that school. A roll call announcing the names of all the children was made in the afternoon. Officially only 5 children were reported to had died there, but independent agencies are helping the Tribe to verify the many hundreds of deaths that actually took place. New names are found regularly.

The atrocities that took place there are too horrible to write into this post. A Tribal spokesperson said, “Today we are forgiving the unforgivable, this gathering is a part of that process that will go on for many years.”

Christian Pastors were asked to speak, share and pray as a part of the spiritual component of the gathering.

The purpose of the gathering was to honor the memory of the children and the families affected by the school and to acknowledge the pain and suffering so that healing can take place.

Please say a prayer today for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe and for the affected families.

Attend next year if you can.

RainSong June Schedule

Click Here for our Online Calendar.

Here is our June Schedule so far. We are still filling in dates for June, July and August in the Michigan, Indiana and Ohio area.

Contact Us if you have an interest in hosting us at your gathering.

Friday June 1st, Miami Nation Gathering/Powwow,  7:00pm Rockville IN

Sunday June 3rd, Heartland Church, 10:00am, Fort Wayne, IN

Friday June 8th, Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse, 7:00pm Ann Arbor MI

Saturday June 16th, Concert at First UMC, 7:00pm Ashland OH

Sunday June 17th, First United Methodist, 9:30am Ashland OH

Monday June 18th, Indian and Veterans Center, 7:00pm Wadsworth OH

Wednesday June 20th, Menwa Apartments Meeting Hall, 1:00pm, Wadsworth OH

Friday June 29th, Calvary Assembly of God, 7:00pm, Willoughby Hills, OH

RainSong at the Miami Indian All Nations Gathering-Powwow

Miami Nation of Indiana Powwow

RainSong has been invited to share our Music and Storytelling to open the 6th Annual Miami Indian All Nations Gathering and Powwow.

This is the second year RainSong has performed at this event. Bring your friends!

When: Friday June 1st

Gates open 6:00pm

Concert 7pm-9:00pm

$5 cover charge at the gate.

Where: 11515 East US Highway 36, Rockville, IN – 3 miles east of Raccoon State Recreation Area. About 50 miles West of Indianapolis on Hwy 36.

Make sure to bring your own chair! 

Kiowa Friends

Antonia Belindo Kiowa Princess. Click the photo to read more.

The third stop on our Summer Tour was at the Kiowa Tribe in Oklahoma. We reconnected with our friends Barry and Arlene Belindo who are members of the Tribe. It had been over 7 years since we visited there and it was so good to spend time with them and meet more of their friends and family.

On Saturday May 19th we attended a local Powwow with them where we took this photo of the Kiowa Princess!

Yes! Their Daughter Antonia was voted in as the Kiowa Princess recently. This is a role of honor as she represents her people and requires her to be at every local Powwow and to speak publicly on occasion.

Then on Sunday evening we shared our music and storytelling with some of the Belindo’s family and friends. The Holy Spirit moved powerfully that evening and deeply touched all who were there. There were many prophetic words spoken that brought encouragement and renewed hope.

In the future we have been invited back to possibly sing at a Powwow and to share at a local boarding school.

 

The Desert Wind

Terry singing with the Overcomers

Our second stop on our Summer Tour was the Navajo BIC Mission located about 30 miles south of Bloomfield New Mexico in Navajo territory. Duane and Diane Bristow are the directors of the Mission and have a number of full time staff. You can check out their Website HERE.

They have the NIZHÓNÍ Christian Academy with about 10 students kindergarten through high school. We shared our music and storytelling with the students during the week.

The also provide an Overcomers Program for adults. An intensive 3 month live-in discipleship, drug and alcohol rehab program. Terry spent several hours during the week teaching and talking with the five men who are graduating soon.

Terry and Darlene singing Holy Fire

It was a good week of fellowship and ministry. We deepened our relationship with the Bristows and will probably be visiting them on a bi-annual basis in the future.

Take time to visit their website and send an encouraging note to them as they share the love of Jesus with the Navajo people in a way that is culturally sensitive and relevant.

The Navajo BIC is a ministry that connects well with the local Navajo community. They offer much needed services such as a shop for local artists to sell their art, a deep well that provides fresh water, laundry and showers. On Sunday they offer a First Nations Gathering and provide a Native style Church service well attended by the community.

We feel it is a privilege and honor to be able to come alongside ministries like this to bring encouragement and fellowship.

The Warriors

Our first stop on our Summer tour was at the Sun Valley Indian School near Holbrook Arizona. We did a concert at 3:00pm for their chapel service on Monday May 7th.

The Warriors

A new friend of ours, Tom McNeil, who we met earlier this year when we were in Idyllwild California, introduced us to them. He used to serve at this school as a cook. Tom even drove from California to be part of this event.

Can you believe that their school song is Sacred Warrior and that they are called “The Warriors”. The school administrator heard Tom Bee’s version of our song and used it for the school. Click on the image above to go to their website.

We had a great time there meeting the “Warriors” and the staff and have an open invitation to return whenever we are driving by.

RainSong on the Road Again!

RainSong plans to spend this Summer of 2012 primarily in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

On the way from Arizona we plan to stop at a few places to share our music and storytelling. We hope to arrive in Fort Wayne Indiana by May 25th.

Rolling Thunder our Home Away from Home

The following weekend we will be at the Miami Nation Gathering and Powwow.  We will open this gathering with a concert on Friday evening June 1st. Gates open at 6:00pm concert about 7:00pm. Location near Rockville Indiana.

We are still putting together a summer schedule and are open to invitations. In the past we have had to spend a short time with folks, but hopefully we can go a little deeper and stay a little longer with those who would like that.

Then sometime in August we plan to begin driving back to Arizona to base ourselves there for the winter with ministry in Arizona, New Mexico, and California.

This doesn’t mean we can’t be anywhere else this Summer, as we have been invited to go to the Pine Ridge Reservation in July.