Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Wings and a Prayer

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Wings and a Prayer

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These paintings were part of an exposition held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was no ordinary exposition. For an evening the ground floor warehouse of our city residence was filled with the unconventional sound of percussion pounded out with the aid of all manner of found objects. The walls were illuminated with more than 40 prophetic paintings, the space filled with artists--Christians and non-Christians, young and old. I painted two giant wings on the exposition wall for people to try on and take photos of themselves.

The "wings" idea came to me during an afternoon's work with street kids in Buenos Aires. My eyes were opened to the true colors of humanity. As I looked at even the most dejected specimens of humankind, their eternal potential unfurled before me. I wanted to shout at everyone I passed, "You have wings! You are beautiful!"

Our vision is to redeem the arts and, through the mind-bypassing power of the arts, serve as disciples to the nations. We are reaping more than the fruits of human ambition; we are living in the dreams of God.

As an artist my greatest desire is to open eyes to see heaven in the ordinary and God's presence with the broken. …

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