“It was the first time I realized that painting could capture the Word of God, speak into people’s lives and give me the opportunity to share my faith.”

Janice T. (Alliance & Short-term team member)

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Every day all around the globe, artists on mission are creating, cultivating, and contributing in their communities. As they seek to see their art used in the work the Lord is doing, we want to share their stories to encourage and inspire.
This blog is a place to read those stories, giving you a glimpse into how the Lord is using the arts around the world.

This week, we took some time to talk with Hensie van der Merwe in the Ukraine about her work with the immersive drama camp, Camp NEON. Read below about the beautiful and transformative work God is doing among teenagers with a history of trauma through the art of theatre! 

Inspiro Arts Alliance offers artists the opportunity to be mentored by a high caliber artist in their discipline. One such Artist Mentor is Geinene Carson, who has also served as an Artist in Residence at the Incarnate training program. Read below to learn more about Geinene's story! 

Many times, going on an outreach pushes people out of their comfort zones and encourages them to try some­thing new. Janice Taylor, an artist from the UK, shares how going on short-term trips made a profound difference in her life and future ministry.

I had only been painting for about a year when I went on an art outreach in Bel­gium in 2015. As part of the outreach, we were expected to paint based on Scripture. The verses I was given as inspiration was John 19:25-27 in which Jesus entrusts His mother, Mary, to the disciple John when He is dying on the cross.

Linda Wells has been a long-time member of the Inspiro staff. A professionally trained dancer, she came to know the Lord and was later called to serve Him through the dance. Over the years, she has taken countless dancers on outreach trips, helping them to see their gift as given by God and meant to honor Him. She has served as a deep encouragement to many through her vivacious and unashamed faith and determination to follow the Lord wherever He leads, regardless of how crazy it might seem. This month, Linda is transitioning to be an Ally of Inspiro Arts so she can devote more time to the ministry the Lord has given her at Compass Dance Academy in Tyrone.

This month, Inspiro is saying a bittersweet goodbye to a long-time staff member, Jason Williams (name changed for security reasons). Jason and his family are following the Lord into an exciting new chapter of their ministry, and we cannot wait to see how He will use them there. However, we will miss them greatly as their involvement with us will be much more limited. We had a chance to catch up with Jason and hear some of his reflections on his time with Inspiro, which he shares in the interview below. Thank you, Jason and family, for your years of faithful service with Inspiro for the gospel - you have blessed us deeply, and we will miss you immensely. May God bless you and keep you as you continue serving Him in this new adventure! 

 

"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness"

Psalm 30:11

Have you ever found yourself in a place of deep sadness, wondering when the storm will relent and the sun shine through? These seasons are marked by intense waiting, praying, and trusting but also by profound growth as we draw closer to the Lord. In this unpredictable and bleak time, many of you may find yourself in similar contemplative seasons of growth. It is with great joy that we can press into Jesus, the One who gives us reason to dance and promises to walk with us in our sorrow.

In the following video, artist Linda Wells, director of Compass Dance Academy and on staff at Inspiro Arts Alliance, shares her story of how the Lord used the artform of dance to bring healing and deepen her walk with Him. Check out Linda's story by clicking on the link below: 

Dancing into Freedom: An Interview with Linda Wells