- My Local
- My Reach
- My Self
Marilyn Hilkemann serves in Wolf Point, a rural area in northeast Montana. Farming and ranching provide the main sources of income, and this area is sparsely populated. The farmers and ranchers are a hardworking, independent people.
Wolf Point is home to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, which contains Sioux and Assiniboine tribes. Unemployment, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide are all large issues on and off the reservation. While there are a variety of churches in the surrounding areas, some Native Americans have become interested in reviving the old Indian religion, with its darkness and fear. Many residents of the reservation are friendly, but are not interested in spiritual things.
After seeing the need for the truth of the gospel on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Marilyn began reaching out to the children in the community. She teaches two Sunday schools and Bible clubs in Frazer and Wolf Point for mainly Native American children, and she occasionally has Bible studies with local Native American women. She helps in the kitchen and wherever needed at Beacon Bible Camp, located north of Frazer. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome affects many of the children on the reservation, but they respond to love and attention during the Bible clubs.
In addition to her children’s ministries, Marilyn volunteers as a hairdresser at a local nursing home, and is responsible for the Sunday service at Faith Nursing Home once a quarter. Off the reservation, she teaches Sunday School in farming/ranching communities, where a volunteer travels with her to preach to the adults. She hopes to lead a VBS at one of these churches this summer.
Marilyn has served as InFaith field staff since 1973.
Marilyn grew up on a farm on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, an open reservation with both Native American and Caucasian residents. She and her husband, Arlen, attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. They served as summer missionaries in Alaska with Gospel Missionary Union before moving to Montana to work with InFaith.
In 2013, Arlen received a heart transplant, followed by three bouts with lymphoma. He went to be with the Lord in January 2016, so Marilyn is making adjustments to life as a single missionary, particularly in ministering to other widows.