Artwork Evangelization - Part 2 by Karen
We consulted a local priest who directed our attention to Acts of the Apostles 5:38-39. He assured us that if this whole notion of becoming missionaries was something that we had concocted, it would fail. If it was from God, it would propel itself forward with divine momentum. He encouraged us to be attentive to the trajectory of the initiative. If it felt like we were swimming upstream against a raging current and nothing was working out, perhaps the idea was of human origin. If the pieces just effortlessly seemed to fall into place, then there was a good chance that missions is what the Lord desired for us. The very next day we received explicit affirmation that we were to become missionaries... and the rest is history.
So, what does all of this have to do with evangelizing through public artwork? Well, when we arrived in Puerto Rico in August 2020 there were many restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of covid-19. As such, our opportunities to evangelize were limited. Missionaries all around the world had returned to their passport countries because they felt there was nothing they could do abroad. As we prayed, we begged the Lord for guidance. If He wanted us to step out of missions until the pandemic passed, He needed to make that crystal clear. If He wanted us to stay in the field, He'd have to give us something to do. Unbeknownst to us, a friend of ours was also praying for the Lord's guidance during this time. It seems that the Holy Spirit simultaneously answered both of our prayers. Our friend felt inspired to raise money for our mission, and we felt called to evangelize with public artwork since there weren't any regulations prohibiting the beautification of the community. So, we used the money that was donated to buy a whole bunch of paint and painting supplies. Following are some photos of the more recent projects that we've done. Beneath the photomontage is a story about how this initiative impacted one particular man who has been feeling unwelcomed by the church.
There is a retaining wall on the thoroughfare into Aguada that has been covered in graffiti for years. We painted it to match the veterinarian's office directly across the street. While we were working on this project countless people stopped to thank us for beautifying their community.
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