One of the most wonderful things that came out of my attending Mt. Hermon’s Christian Writer’s Conference last March was a friendship with Kay Marshall Strom and her husband Dan Kline. Both are celebrated authors and Kay has a heart for helping exploited girls and women around the world who are sexually trafficked. I met Kay and Dan as she taught the “Writing with Sizzle” class during the conference which I attended. Kay took me under her wing, helping me to take my book in a new direction, turning it from a memoir into a personal experience with self help genre. They have been kind enough to critique my new outline and book proposal as a gift to me. (a little bit on getting my book published as I promised you!)
One day during the conference, I was browsing the authors bookstore and came across a book called ‘Forgotten Girls” by Kay. I quickly picked up the book and read the book jacket. Kay had traveled with a group all around the world telling the plight of young orphaned girls and women with no hope who were being trafficked across borders and sold into sexual slavery.
The Lord had been tugging on my own heart regarding working with children who had been trafficked. I had a vivid dream two years ago of children being trafficked right in my own backyard of San Francisco. In the dream, i heard the pleas of three little five year old girls, asking why men were hurting them, as their mother sold them into slavery. As I read Kay’s Forgotten Girls, and the work being done by She is Safe, an international ministry whom Kay had collaborated with in writing the book,
I knew in my heart and spirit this was the work the Lord was calling me to. I now had a focus for my artwork and ministry Gifts of His Glory. My Biblical Scripture paintings would be dedicated to helping young orphaned girls and women in places like India and Indonesia find rescue and hope of aftercare through the sales of my paintings. I decided to donate 50% of all sales to the work of She is Safe, targeting the places and stories that had touched my heart
The Lord also prompted me to donate paintings to Christian ministries such as Freedom House in San Francisco and Zoe Children Homes in Los Angeles, as a gift to help them raise money through auctions and galas for their work.. In my own small way, I was now able to help stop this horrible crime against children. The most amazing thing is how it has brought healing to my own heart from my own abuse as a child by giving me a voice for others who have no voice.
I include here my latest painting entitled “Purple Daises”, taken from a garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where beauty resides in the midst of hidden and dark suffering of children. I chose Psalm 37:5 to include in the collage “Commit your way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass”. Amen.
(Purple Daisies sells for $100 and can be purchased at www.giftsofhisglory.com – Won’t you take a peek at the artwork for sale and help rescue a child? Thank you!