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Written by Julia
I painted a wall. Not my wall. A public space.
Some call it graffiti. I prefer to call it Street Art.
I felt compelled and inspired to paint a message of HOPE amidst the streets of the capital city in which I lived. For nine years, I've lived and served with my young family in the Near East. For nine years, we drove through the concrete jungle of this densely populated Arab city.
We pray, we share Scripture, and we befriend locals. We serve through a local NGO to provide basic education for Bedouin and Syrian refugee children.
This past year, the capital city experienced a different hardship and discouragement. It was like many of the locals had lost HOPE.
Then I read this Scripture: “Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech.” – Proverbs 1:20-21 (NIV)
I’m not a rebel, and I didn’t even know where to buy spray paint. Yet I was compelled to paint a message in the “public square": that there is HOPE. Art calls the audience to ask questions and seek answers. Therefore, I desired to prompt locals to look for HOPE.
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” – Psalm 39:7 (NIV)
There are many other women who are taking risks for God in missions. Hear more about their stories below: