“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.

Hollen Hostetler

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 21:31

Kintsugi and a Theology of Brokenness

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Makoto and Haejin Fujimura speak. I was excited – though I did not have much personal experience with Makoto’s work, my artistic friends and co-workers spoke highly of his writing (Culture Care and Art and Faith, among others). The topic they had chosen to present on was kintsugi, the ancient Japanese practice of mending cracked or broken pottery with gold. I knew a little bit about kintsugi and was intrigued. I was unprepared, however, for the intricate theological correlations Makoto and Haejin would make, leading to my own continued musings.

Monday, 12 December 2022 20:45

Joy

“. . .Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10b).

Thursday, 08 December 2022 19:27

"The Advent Project" - Resource for Advent

In our previous article introducing the Advent season, we encouraged you to engage with good art this season. We wanted to provide a practical way for you to do that! 

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 22:22

Hope and Peace

Hard as it is to believe, the Advent season is upon us. Over the next several weeks, we have the opportunity to take time to prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas. Advent is meant to slow us down, to cause our hearts to focus on the attributes of God that find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. 

Thursday, 03 November 2022 21:30

Completing Part of the Journey

On today's Article from the Archives, read about an HSI project to build a recording studio in Africa! The project was the culmination of many years of prayer and preparation. The team members and local pastors both were tremendously excited and could not wait to see how the Lord would use the studio. Read more below!

On today's article from the Archives, read about an OM Arts trip to L'Aquila, Italy after the earthquake in 2010. The team was tremendously encouraged by the story of Antonella, a student who survived the earthquake and became a Jesus follower. The team created an art exhibition in the town square, artistically depicting Antonella's story in the very center of it. Find out more below! 

Wednesday, 12 October 2022 19:54

Sounds of Global Worship: Mongolia

Last week, we shared an article about an HSI trip to Mongolia during which the participants were able to record Mongolian worship songs. We have an update!

Friday, 07 October 2022 21:27

Outer Mongolia: National Worship Council

In today's post from the Archives, read about an HSI trip to Mongolia in 2015, during which they recorded new Mongolian worship songs. The team was so excited to hear these songs and to see how the Lord would use them in the future. 

Thursday, 22 September 2022 23:55

African Hope Songwriting Workshop Video

Recently, we shared an article from the archives (A Week of Hope) that told the story of an HSI team who conducted a songwriting workshop with refugee and street children in North Africa. We wanted to share this video that one of the team members made so you could see what they did and they joy that was experienced by all involved!

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Juni, one of our Arts Champions based in Hong Kong. She shared about a camp for high school and college students at which she had the opportunity to serve. Juni was excited about how the Lord had moved among the students at the camp, and we are excited to share this with you! Read more below!

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