Artwork Evangelization - Part 1 by Karen
|This LOVE sculpture in New York|
is one of many around the world
which were created by the late Robert Indiana.
|You are loved by God!|
|Jesus Loves You!|
|Jesus Loves You - Exactly as You Are!|
|Christ the King LIVES!|
Ever since we entered missions, back in 2015, I've been wearing the same Miraculous Medal earrings and a large wooden missionary cross - both of which friends made for me. I couldn't count on all of our fingers and toes how many people have stopped me over the years to comment on the statement I make by wearing them.
Last month a friend contacted us to let us know that she had raised some money for our mission, but she wasn't exactly sure what the Lord wanted us to do with those funds.
|This is the wall before we started.|
We prayed and prayed and finally determined that we are supposed to use (at least a portion of that donation) to beautify our community by painting over old graffiti which has negatively impacted the moral of the neighborhood. Although some graffiti has beneficial impacts, the area we painted over was not such a case. The spray painted wall made the neighborhood feel less safe and encouraged disrespectful behavior such as littering and various forms of vandalism. Our original hope was that the landlord would allow us to write "Jesus Loves You" across the middle, but she denied this request. We countered with the idea of writing a more generic message, "God Loves Puerto Rico" but she didn't approve of this either. We settled on including a large heart in the middle, which is the international symbol of love.
|This is the wall after a hard day's work. |
All thanks be to God, there was a family here visiting that was willing to help,
so we got it almost all done in one day.
We're hoping that this beautification effort catches on and others in our community will allow us to paint over the old graffiti on their walls and buildings in the typical Puerto Rican style of colorful blocks ALONG WITH messages of Jesus' love.
As we were painting the wall over two dozen people stopped to thank us and acknowledged the blessing it is to be loved by such an awesome God. It was really inspiring!
Public art has an incredible impact on the community in which it exists. In fact, many claim that it doesn't just represent the identity of a given culture, but helps to shape it. As we continue to seek the Lord's will for our family in this place, it's becoming clear that He wants to use us to catch the attention of the apathetic who have dismissed Christianity as yesterday's news. He wants to use us to remind the people here that Jesus truly is the way, the truth, and the life!!!
Thank you very much for taking the time to read about what Jesus is doing through Team Carmody here in Puerto Rico. I humby ask for prayers, that we're able to remain docile to the Holy Spirit so that our efforts are truly helping to build the Kingdom of God.
Maybe you could add a Jesus t-shirt to your wardrobe or put a Christian decal on the back of your car?? Blessings, Karen
or call Family Missions Company at (337) 893 - 6111.
Thank you and may God bless you and your family!