Thursday, March 14, 2019

Moving Mountains

Mountains know secrets 
we need to learn. 
That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, 
you will find the strength to rise up.     
Tyler Knott

Once in a while you hear a story that is so inspiring it increases your faith.  A bit of heaven meets  earth, an amazing story of forgiveness by mortal enemies after the Rwandan genocide.

 This story is that, and when I saw them praying I knew I had to include them in my series of paintings.  

Painting number two is a story I found from Kari Costanza and the photography is from Jon Warren/World Vision.  

Andrew and Callixte truly hated each other and now they are working together and they are not only reconciled but are the best of friends.   Andrew's daughter is going to marry Callixte's son.    Full story here... Patricia Heaton on ET 

Living proof that God can

restore anything and

anybody, His redemptive power

 knows no end. 

“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt 17:20

I was listening to ELO at the time.;)  🎝
“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”
John Muir

Witnesses of hope and reconciliation,

they are the best of friends now and

when they pray together, they move


 Photo credit World Vision/ Jon Warren
Donate to my art project to help feed the hungry, some of the greatest needs are with displaced families and children from fleeing conflict, war or famine. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story
    those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
 those he gathered from the lands,
    from east and west, from north and south.
 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
    finding no way to a city where they could settle.
 They were hungry and thirsty,
    and their lives ebbed away.
 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
 He led them by a straight way
    to a city where they could settle.
 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
 for he satisfies the thirsty
    and fills the hungry with good things. 
Psalm 107:1-7

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Cor 16 (New art series)

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

Jeremiah 29:11

A new project series underway,  my plan is to finish in September and It will a series of twelve paintings from photos of World Vision's work in the field.  All of them will be the same size and frames as the last series. 
Half way through painting my first painting my mother passed away, she was ill for a very long time and in a wheelchair,  with one health crisis after another. (she almost died many times)  I helped her with the caregiving and all her needs for over twenty five years. 
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.Abraham Lincoln  
                                                                                                         Photo credit World Vision
Last year's summer project series...

Let all that you do be done in love.
 1 Corinthians 16
                                                # 1

"The gift of clean water"
Sold for hunger.  
A little girl in ethnic Yao washing her hands under the clean tap water, thanks to the drinking water project launched by World Vision's water programs.
Photo from World Vision staff 2014


"Moving Mountains"
 I was so inspired by these two so I decided to paint them even though I knew it would be hard to do.  Andrew and Callixte were mortal enemies during the Rwandan genocide. They are best friends now and when they pray together they move mountains,
 (full story on my blog) 

Photo from Jon Warren/ World Vision 

"The world changer" (on reserve) Sold for hungry kids
 This painting is from a photo taken from Megan Pratt / World Vision of a volunteer "Dee Billing" visiting her sponsor child in Uganda.  The first time I met this lady was at a conference,  she was praying over all the cubeicals of the staff in the building.  I think she’s a pretty remarkable lady doing what she does in her eighties and I just couldn’t resist the sweet interaction in the photo.  (and of course the chicken) :) 

Donate to my art project to help feed the hungry, some of the greatest needs are with displaced families and children from fleeing conflict, war or famine. 

My hope is to see many children sponsored through this art project and share the wonderful photos and stories by other world changers like you. 

Won't you join me? 

Pray for me as I work on this and my hope is to be finished in September. 
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
Today as you pray, remember that God's timing
 is often different than ours.

Christopher Greer

Check back with me on this series, and walk with me on this journey,  so far I have found some amazing stories and photography.  I hope this will inspire you too!   
I will be sharing on my blog every step of the way, 

“A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.”  ~Hans Hofmann
Sponsor a child today! https://www.worldvision.orgAll photos are owned by World Vision and sold with all proceeds going to the ministry of World Vision.Thank you! 

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:34-40