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Entering a New Season

posted Sep 25, 2012, 10:39 AM by Susannah Francis
As we look back from our humble beginning from a church stage in 2006, we can't even begin to comprehend how God has taken us to the place where we are today.  I remember hearing in a Casting Crowns concert once that God loves when we are small because it allows Him to be so Big. I pray that God is seen BIG in your eyes when you hear our story. We invite you to click on that link and read how He took a humble heart to write plays and a submissive heart to worship through song, and He fashioned them together to create what you see today as 1heart Arts Ministries. It is truly overwhelming how He has moved us all along within this ministry and continues to draw others to this well of love, acceptance, peace and opportunity that is available to artists!


So, what is next? Well, it's something we've been sensing for a while now, but we are starting to see come into clearer vision.  It all began back in 2009, when the focus became solely on Christ and what He had for us to do. We quickly saw in our next production that, though the drama performances were powerful, it was the cast and crew that were our true object of ministry.  God started drawing actors and singers to us as they participated in our productions and we started learning the needs of the artists community as we never had before.  We saw loneliness, frustration with acceptance from the church and misunderstood people.  It saddened us as we recognized these broken and wounded hearts. However, we also were seeing amazing and powerful warriors for God, people that had passion for serving Him, people that are extremely talented. How could we possible help them see that side of themselves?  Well...we were first had to see it inside ourselves!  And it was a journey, let me tell you! And there in that journey, God opened our eyes to our true calling...to "connect, encourage and equip" His artists.  So, we continued step-by-step, asking Him to lead the way.  

Now we are seeing that vision sharpen as we minister and get to know even more artists one-on-one.  Many of you that are reading this may remember the phone calls of encouragement during a difficult time, a meeting at Starbucks where we prayed together and told you that "God has something wonderful on the horizon" or even those texts and Facebook messages just saying a simple "hi" and "how's it going?".  We've been to weddings, funerals, drama performances, dance events, birthday parties, fundraisers and out-of-town events all in the name of Christ and what He has called us to do.  We love these artists as if they are our own family and pray daily for their needs and desires to serve Him.  We've seen some walk away from the church and we've welcomed others home. We understand more every day what Paul means when he said, ''Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." (Romans 12:15)  This journey has been such a powerful force that God has used in our own lives to draw us closer and closer into His presence...and through that, we invite others to join us in that awesome place, at His feet.

We seek to lift up those artists that God leads to us and show Him exactly what God has shown us, that they are His Children and He has created them for a very special and unique purpose.  Now, we are praying for more to join us in this adventure...those that feel that common purpose and drive to minister to artists. Is that you?  If it is, pray about what God might have for you to do alongside us.  We desperately need more prayer warriors as we go deeper into the battlefield.  Additionally, we seek people that want to help in networking events and fun artist gatherings. Or God might be telling you something else that you can do. We all can work together as the Body in serving God's creative people and ultimately drawing them into a closer relationship with Him!

Contact Susannah@1heartarts.org if you feel God tugging on your heart to discuss this further!
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