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How Art Evangelism Works

Story from Lisa (student on the AES 2013/14)

Why just keep art to the galleries, lets bring it to the streets!

There’s something powerful when we make art in a setting where many people can walk by and see it. It opens up doors to speak into peoples lives. Times like in Asia on outreach where we painted on a large canvas in the middle of a busy street, when police asked us to move because we were holding up the pedestrian walkway. A crowd forms almost instantly and people start enquiring into what we’re up to, wondering why foreigners would come to their country to do something so strange!

People of all sorts come to watch and ask questions. On this particular day a homeless man watched from a distance for quite some time. I needed help to translate, as I really wanted to talk with him. So someone who speaks the language came to my aid and asked him if I could draw his portrait. At first he refused, but after talking with him further he decided he would like for me to draw him.

Drawing his portrait was a privilege for me, with his wrinkles which showed the years, the ears which held his torn and dirty hat, his face which showed his shy insecure smile, a story was written all over his face. A story of rejection, loneliness, strength and hope. People were passing by seeing me draw the face of this precious old man. A girl said, ‘No one would ever do what you’re doing here in our country.’

I will never forget handing the portrait to this dear man and seeing him touched and moved by such a simple act

I will never forget handing the portrait to this dear man and seeing him touched and moved by such a simple act. Sometimes I don’t know the impact a little drawing can have, but this time I really felt Gods heart for this man and I know I showed him Gods love.