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Make Art, Not War

During our time in Congo one day we spend time with what was supposed to be just the children’s choir. After a while, 70 or more children showed up. Amethyst writes:

unnamed“When a person grows up living in a place that is at war, simple experiences become complex. Moreover, simple experiences are often lost. I can’t tell you how many times our team has given teenagers art supplies and were met with blank and sometimes even fearful stares. They simply have never been asked to create something before. Our community tries to give children and youth the chance to express their faith through art. It’s not something we do all the time, but when we can, we do.

We recently made banners that we are hanging in our churches to show off their work. After teaching on Revelation 4 and 5, we asked the children to draw what they felt heaven would look like. Their eyes lit up when the huge pieces of paper were laid before them.

unnamed (1)They drew pictures cars, airplanes, helicopters (helicopter gunships are a common sight where we are) and buildings. Some of them drew our church. One group of children drew guns and tanks. It was the quietest room I’ve ever been in with having more than 50 children in it. We are still dreaming to build a classroom this year and need another $6,000 to finish everything. We have supported children education for more than seven years, but today we want to do more than support it. We want to shape it.”


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Taken from:  Congo Connexxion 


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