Frank Fortunato, an Artist Mentor with Inspiro, is a co-host of GCAMM. We will be sharing more from him about this year’s Consultation soon, but he was busy this year with the plenary sessions. He shared that he was blessed by the networking that GCAMM allowed for.
Emily Dickey, Associate Director of Inspiro, attended GCAMM to network with fellow Inspiro staff as well as other like-minded people. She also went to support our staff member who was presenting on Incarnate and hoped to do some recruiting for the program. She shared the following:
Do you ever wonder if all the effort you put into something is bearing fruit? I'll be honest, working from a computer all the time can sometimes feel like a slog, and the day-to-day answering of emails and doing administrative tasks can eclipse why I do it.
But then I hear a story of how God has used some little, faithful task in a big way. And I'm blown away and grateful to get to do what I do!
At the Global Consultation on the Arts Music and Mission (GCAMM) in 2018, I met an ethnodoxologist from Hong Kong. She had a big vision to see artists from her country mobilized into mission, but she new very few like-minded people in her area and was feeling discouraged. We had a meal together, and after, I connected her to Dileep Ratnaike, Inspiro's East Asia Arts Catalyst. He was gathering online a group of Asian women for prayer and encouragement each month, and invited her into it. She just recently told me at this year's GCAMM (in Dallas) that that introduction has had a huge impact on her, and from it, she now has established relationships with the artists with OM in Hong Kong, Incarnate graduates from Hong Kong, as well as two other Edox ladies in East Asia. They were even able to meet together in South Korea once, and out of those deepening friendships, she co-translated Community Arts For God's Purposes into Chinese, the short-form of the leading Arts in Mission manual, Creating Local Arts Together.
And literally all I did was send an email!
Madison Booth, who recently joined Inspiro as our Artist Connect Manager, went to GCAMM for the first time. She had always wanted to attend and was excited to get to be with others who were passionate about arts in mission. She was also excited to meet fellow Inspiro staff in person for the first time! She said, “I have never been surrounded by so many people who are knowledgeable and passionate about using the arts in missions, and it was incredibly encouraging. One of my favorite components of the Consultation was that after discussing difficulties over various topics, we then went on to figure out how we can effectively and realistically navigate through and overcome these problems. I absolutely loved how we did not just "stay there" in what was hard, but actively talked about how to solve the problem.” Madison was also reminded of the beauty of working together with others to fulfill the Great Commission. It is a task that no one can complete on their own, and GCAMM highlighted that reaching those who do not yet know Jesus is a collaborative effort.
We are so thankful for the experience these staff members had at GCAMM 2023. We are also thankful for our brothers and sisters who are working alongside us in arts in mission, and we look forward to seeing how the Lord continues to lead all of us in encouraging beautiful worship and witness.