Wednesday, August 7, 2019

In Limbo🌺

 “It’s sort of hope amongst the ruins, I think. To me we’re all in the great wide open. I think life is pretty wild; I really want to like the world, but at the same time I have to write about what I see.” 
~Tom Petty

I have been busy planning an event over the last few weeks.  It was a big one for me and I had to spend a lot of time on it.   At the event we bounced out some cult members and their leader, a mime and a drunk, but besides that children were sponsored and four paintings sold for charity, I think the outdoor festival went well.  I was grateful for our safety with all the tragedies happening right now.  Unfortunately, looking for escape routes is part of the planning. but it can't compare to running for your life (with your children) and having no place to go that is safe, like it is for a refugee that is fleeing violence.   
The women that fixes up their home, beautifully and grows a garden, who sometimes walks daily to their friendly grocery store, connect with friends at church, chat with their neighbors for the latest happenings in the neighborhood does not want to leave their home town for a life in limbo, feeling unwanted and labeled "Refugee". 

With painting number 10, I wanted to do one that would highlight the refugee crisis but which one would I do, when there are so many refugees right now!

The statistics are staggering,at this time there are... 

1 Syria 5.6 million refugees 2 Afghanistan 2.5 million refugees 3 South Sudan 2.3 million refugees 4 Myanmar 1.2 million refugees 5 Democratic Republic of the Congo 833,400 refugees 6 Somalia 809,273 refugees

More than half of those refugees are children.

The one
that I chose was a refugee mother and a little girl named Jannatul (which means best heaven) holding each other because its all this mother has left after losing her husband and two other kids.

At night, Jannatul's mother sings her to sleep with a quiet lullaby. 
            Photo Credit World Vision 

“I pat her back and hold her closely in my arms,”says Salima. In the dark, there is peace until morning. The world's largest refugee camp is located near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.   Families live in small overcrowded and hot shelters made of bamboo and plastic tarps that often leak during monsoon season storms.
Photo credit World Vision/Jon Warren


[ hos-pi-tal-i-tee ] noun
1) the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.
2) the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly,generous way.

Do you remember a special time 
where someone was hospitable to you?🌺

"Aloha Spirit"
 ''Aloha'' is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. ''Aloha'' means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. "Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. ''Aloha'' means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
Source University of Hawai‘i / Law of the Aloha Spirit


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PuaMana (easy version) #Ukulele
All in all it was fun, 
and where else can you see an iguana in a pink stroller? 

The scary thing is that he liked it!

Donate this summer to my fundraiser for hunger

Photo credit World Vision/Jon Warren  

Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
1 Timothy 5:10

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fundraiser for hunger⸙

  Fundraiser for hunger 
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I'm painting a series of paintings to show the work World Vision is doing to help children and families living in poverty.

Donate here 

Please, join me on cheering me on and giving to World Vision's East Africa Hunger Crisis fund. Our gifts will save precious lives and help stop the further spread of famine. Because of grant funds, our gifts have 7X their regular impact, which will provide emergency food, clean water, access to life-saving medical care, and more to children and families fighting for their lives.
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One of the best ways to help a hungry child is to sponsor them. 

 Painting #9 of my art project series. “Carry each other’s burdens”. Two-year-old Pascal follows a group of older children while carrying firewood back to his home in Rwanda.
Photo credit World Vision

love one another deeply, from the heart
1 Peter 1:22