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.
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.
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 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.