Terry Wildman, First Nations Bible, UA21

Terry Wildman’s journey as an author and Bible translator began on a Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona. He was working with YWAM (Youth With a Mission), and discovered a copy of the Hopi New Testament, but only a couple of people on the reservation could still read the language. The English NIV translation was not relating well to the Hopi people, so he began learning about storytelling, the talking circle, and started experimenting with rewording the Scriptures using words and phrases that he thought might connect with the people he served. Gradually, this rewording of scriptures and using different terminology opened up hearts and the response was encouraging. He and his wife created “The Great Story,” an album that chronicles Creation to Christ in a Native American vernacular that went on to win the NAMMYs (Native American Music Awards) for Best Spoken Word and continues to be a bestseller.

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