“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, 23 October 2019 19:52

Light in the City

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The north of England.

A woman stands with a little group in a dark church in a changing corner of the city; a new city for her.

The church is now unusual there; a stone island looking fast forgotten while the city grows, while people move to the surrounding streets of red houses. They come from many places; they bring many cultures, art and beliefs.

What are we doing here? she thinks,

and she suddenly thinks; ‘here You are.’


The woman, an artist, had many large ideas for what to do in the church, to show God’s light in this city, but how to do them? Not much seemed to happen. She prayed, and read:

Then you will know which way to go, because you have never been this way before (Joshua 3. 4)

She knew that God was telling her to stop with her own ways- telling her simply to follow him...

so she is there still, quietly making friends and sharing art classes through the church, meeting ladies in the local café and drawing there, making pictures with children in school. Her steps and ideas guided;

I’m going by the seat of my pants and by the Holy Spirit


And in the school, they have been learning about the God who guides, and who is the light in this transforming city. One of her 11-year-old students liked the song by Rend Collective, “My Lighthouse’” and inspired, designed a window. This student said;

“As a Muslim, although I don’t think of God as a father, I think of him as my Creator, who guides me through my life. The Lord’s prayer is an important part of our school. We looked at each part in detail and decided that the line “Lead us not into temptation” links with guidance. Psalm 119:105 ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path’. Inspired by this Bible quote, I produced a picture of a lighthouse guiding a person from the rough seas to the calm waters...”

“I think of God as a lighthouse when we need help or are in difficulties we place our trust upon God to help and guide us – just as a lighthouse guides the boats...”

“the art group studied stained glass windows and we then created one ourselves. The finished one now is above our doors, to welcome anyone who walks through our doors to a school where God lives and will always guide us. I hope you like my window!”

The artist says: It is now shining above the entrance to the school. My prayer is that these children will one day come to acknowledge Jesus as the Light of the world

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