Welcome to Prairie Wind Guild, a group of folks in the Chicago-Northern Illinois-Lake Michigan area who are passionate about learning by heart and telling sacred stories. Prairie Wind Guild is associated with the Network of Biblical Storytellers International.
The Prairie Wind Guild crew at Festival Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers this August. We had the biggest contingent of any guild!
PWG member teaches -- well, everywhere
Nora McNamara doesn't get to be part of PWG epics any more because she's always somewhere else! She was once a Wycliffe Bible Translators storyer in Benin, west Africa before connecting with PWG.
Now she reports:
Back to Africa! (for a few weeks)
In November, I get to be trained in Senegal by my language coaching hero, in person! After that, I'll spend about 10 days back in Benin, wrapping up some details since I'm back in the States for longer than I'd expected. I miss Benin and my friends there, but I love my broader international training role. So, for now, I'll continue to live Stateside.
To do that, I have a financial deadline. I have a large special giving need that must be met by November 21st, to finish up my financial obligations in Benin.
Invite a Team of Tellers to your church
for an Epic Telling of The Gospel of Mark
or the Elijah Cycle, or Acts
An Epic Telling is a powerful experience of a book of the Bible or a series of stories told by a team of tellers in one sitting. It's a completely different experience from hearing Scripture read in church, or from reading it in silence to oneself. The text comes to life and pulls us in.
Prairie Wind Guild biblical storytellers can come to your church to present the entire Gospel of Mark, Stories from Mark, or The Elijah Cycle. And we're working on a new epic of the Book of Acts.
for example, for summer pulpit supply
Gospel of Mark epic telling
Prairie Wind Guild tellers
the Gospel of Mark on
4 p.m., at
1111 E. Madison,
News from Cameroon
Remember the bridge inspired by the storytellers' decision to live the Widow and the Unjust Judge story? Here it is, being built! God's stories have power!
PWG member Sharon Davis sends this report from Cameroon in West Africa. Now that the rotting bridge has been replaced, the children can get to school safely - if they can get to school. She emails about the need for sponsors for some of the schoolchildren in the village of Njinikijem. It takes about $65 to sponsor a student's fees and supplies for a year. If you would like to help, email Sharon Davis.
The Gospel of Mark runs about 2 hrs 20 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission. It's like an evening of going to the movies, but it's live! If a shorter program is needed, about 90 minutes, a team can present Stories from Mark or The Elijah Cycle.
Elijah allows us to experience most of the stories of the greatest of the Hebrew prophets and the one with whom Jesus identified John the Baptist. Hearing the stories together brings new insight into the reasons for that connection. Note: We're rating Elijah PG13.
Acts is too long to tell in one sitting, so it's going to be an abridged version. Let us know if you're interested; it's in the works.
PWG asks for no money up front when we come to your church, only that an offering be received to support the work of the guild, such as the radio show in Cameroon and scholarships to Festival Gathering. Email Rebecca Potter today to schedule a presentation of Mark or Elijah!