Ammi is from Japan she has a fine arts degree in textiles. She is also a member of MV Logos Hope crew. During the power-up project when the ship was out of action many of the crew members were sent out on teams all over the world. Ammi became part of the Arts link team at Lifehope near Birmingham. Her time at Lifehope is now over and she is returning to the ship this week.
It was for me a real blessing to have her come to stay with me for three days and paint together.
Her name Ammi means my people but her parents used the Chinese characters which mean Apricot. We talked about her life, her journey with Jesus, her disappointments, joys, thoughts and future. She was feeling a little discouraged about her art, but soon as we began to paint a beautiful piece emerged.
I was amazed to see the confidence with which she applied paint to a board and to hear she had no idea what it would be. We talked about her name and how God had planted a seed in her life and how that seed had grown. She shared her desire to continue to grow and produce fragrant blossom and good fruit for the kingdom and to be able to use her art gift. She began with putting paint on card in different tones, then cutting it into strips and re ordering them. Sticking them down she cut out the apricot, the seed and then thin strips for the tree trunk. Putting it on to the blue impasto background it came to life. God had watered her life by His Spirit and also placed her on the sea to serve Him. To see this young girl smile as her art unfolded was beautiful.
She joined our team devotions and shared her testimony and life through her art work. It was very moving and a blessing to all who heard it. It was a good encouraging experience for her too. She is taking it to the ship with her to share there with her friends.
For me it was another step along a path the Lord is taking me to share the Gospel through visual art. I want to be an encouragement to those who want to use their gift in this way. I am hoping to host an artist weekend here at OMUK in June to explore with others how we can use what God has given us, and to encourage and develop together.