Compiled by Katie S. and Lauren
When most people think of missionaries, they envision pastors, evangelists, and church planters. But missions in a modern world is so much more. An ever-expanding element of missions is the arts, from music to painting to dance. Christian artists are using their skills and passions to preach the Gospel by touching hearts and minds.
Yet while this type if ministry is expanding, many people still don't really understand it. So we're highlighting some of our OM artists, who serve all over the world, as they share about their ministries and what God is in doing in their lives.
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"God's biggest triumph [in my life] has been showing me my value is in Him and not in what I do, and overcoming that awful flaw that's in many artists that it's about me—I want to be rich and famous. Before I came to Christ, I built my entire life about me, and I craved it. God has shown me it's about Him, and the more I die to me, the more satisfying, peaceful, and full it will be when it's all about Him. But at the same time, He lets me do what I love for His glory.” - Linda, from the UK, who heads up the OM dance ministry
“My husband and I joined OM in 2012 and thought we were going to change Italy, and after that, the rest of the world. Three years later, I am looking back and see that God had to change me first. When you come to God as His servant, He first wants you to allow Him to mold you and change you into the instrument of His choosing.” - Lanette, from the US, who leads OM Arts in Italy
“Art is a way to create connections with people. It allows us to communicate without necessarily using language.” - Chuck, from the US
“My interest in renovation started quite young. My mom is an art historian, so I guess I grew up with a curiosity about the stories behind buildings, the people who lived there and the idea of renovating the buildings, too. It seemed cool to reinvent a purpose for them. […] The Bible says that our bodies are temples, in the sense that our bodies are housing the Holy Spirit. We are such poor vessels, kind of like crumbling buildings; and yet, God chooses to inhabit us and to reinvent us, renovate us and restore us.” - Emily, from the US, who serves in visual arts
“Lately, I’ve challenged myself daily to sit and listen to how God is speaking to me. During that time, the only thing I’m doing is listening. I’m not reading my Bible or praying, I’m just sitting and listening. Because I’ve been doing that daily, songwriting has been coming so much easier for me. Each day, I’m emptying what causes me stress or fear, and I’m just filling up with His peace. I don’t want to only spend intense time with God because I’m in a state of emergency. I don’t want to constantly be writing songs out of a place of desperation. When I’m constantly seeking Him, my cup and my creativity are overflowing.” - Katya, from the US, who serves as a songwriter
“As a ‘missionary's kid,’ the way I grew up was very different from most people's experience. Our family never lived in the same place for longer than two and a half years. My home was wherever my family was. Contrary to what most people would think, [growing up the way I did] gave me a strong sense of what home really is. It made me realize that home isn't a physical place at all. I know it's cliche, but home really is where the heart is.” - Silas, from the AP
“Two of my greatest passions are to help churches and ministry fields understand that art is Scripturally supported, it’s a beautiful aspect of worship and it’s a part of who God is, and also, to help artists to step into those church communities and engage in a spiritually mature way.” - Amy, from the US
“As a teenager, God told me that I should go to art school and pursue arts, but He told me it wasn't time yet. I was studying as a pastry chef after high school, I asked God what art school I should go, but never got a clear answer. Later on, I attended OM’s Transform conference, and it was there that I learned about the Incarnate programme of OM Arts International. I prayed about going, and God gave me a vision where I saw these mountains. I didn’t understand what that meant quite yet. When I was researching the location where the Incarnate programme is held at, in Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy, I saw photos of the exact mountains from my vision. Right then, I knew that Incarnate was where God wanted me to go.” - Abigail, from the Faroe Islands