“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)


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.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 21:04

Hope and Joy in the Midst of a Pandemic

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 COVID-19 has been difficult for so many for a variety of reasons. One of these is the cancellation of events that many people have looked forward to and feel the loss of keenly. Read below about how one of our ministry partners is bringing joy into peoples’ lives by expressing the hope of the gospel through a traditional artistic practice.

This year due to COVID-19, many of the festivals in Japan were canceled. Japan has a huge festival culture, so many people are extremely disappointed that they are not being held. Specifically, in Sendai – where the arts team is located – they canceled the Tanabata Festival. During this festival, people make wishes on the stars in the hope they will come true. Many beautiful hanging balls and streamers called “Kusudama” are hung all through the pedestrian streets. However, none of the decorations are on display and many people are feeling down because of it. So, to liven the spirits of our friends and neighbors and to show them that we are thinking of them, we created mini-Kusudama and wrote our wish from Scripture on the side, "That they would be filled with hope and joy by the Holy Spirit” (see Romans 15:13). Everyone who has received one has loved it, and you can see the joy on their faces when they see we care for them in such a way. 

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