“True creativity does not come easily; creativity is born of risk and refined from failure." - The Artisan Soul
When God told me to do the Art Evangelists School (AES) with YWAM, I had no idea what to expect. I had just gotten back from a year-long stint in Chile where I was teaching English in a small elementary school. Art was the last thing on my mind.
I stumbled across the AES website by accident and at that moment, I felt God speak deeply to my heart. He said, "I created you an artist and you're doing nothing because you are scared to risk it all.”
So I quit my job and flew to Australia, where I spent 3 months learning not just who I am as an artist, but how God can use my hands to communicate his love to others.
God refined me again and again. I grew in skill and confidence. I realized that I hadn't been seeing evangelism for what it really is meant to be: simply sharing out of an overflow of our relationship with God. I learned that in the end, all my work serves to glorify and honor God.
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Our team of 8 flew to the Philippines for outreach. We lived in a church near the center of Manila. Our time was spent preaching in churches, giving free art classes, and teaching in a prison. It was in this place—walking under the tropical sun, dripping with sweat, and sharing the love of Jesus—that I found an incredible joy.
We painted a mural along the tunnel leading up to the church where we were staying. It was about 20 meters long and took us about 3 days to complete. We invited 3 different churches to help us complete it!
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Everyone who walked by would stop and ask what we were doing. We handed out brushes and paint to anyone who wanted to join in. It was amazing to see how art can bring people together and bridge communication between cultures and languages.
God longs to see you use what he’s placed in your hands, and is ready and willing to teach you how! Step out of your comfort zone and activate your artistic gifts!
Join us in YWAM Mazatlan as we come alongside the work God is doing in and through you. Whether you’re just now beginning to take interest in art, or you’re someone who is professionally trained, this course has something for you!
The AES addresses both technical skills and creating with God. We want to set a platform where you can embark on a journey of artistic discovery; with fresh eyes, wonder, and childlike faith, to create with the guidance of the Lord and be used as his vessel for ministry.
Apply now for the Art Evangelists School in Mazatlan, Mexico. Your journey awaits!