Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday's Featured: Here's Life Inner City, NYC

Do you like frosting?  Read on...

"You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden." 
-Matthew 5:14  

Here's Life Inner City is "the compassionate urban ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ".  My sweet roommate, Liz, interns with the ministry here in NYC--and she simply lights up with talk of everything God is doing through Here's Life.  I have had the blessing of doing a volunteer project at their warehouse (they offer several opportunities throughout the year for volunteers to give of their time); the ministry's desire for Jesus' mission is electric!  

The Here's Life mission statement reads, "We serve and mobilize the Church to live out God's heart for the poor, so all can grow in Christ to build spiritual movements everywhere".  

This past Saturday, my other roommate, Caitlin, and I attended the Summer Project Art Show in the warehouse, an art project that nationwide college students have been creating and assembling for a couple of weeks.  The theme was The Five Senses, to stimulate thought about faith through the recognition and expression of taste, touch, scent, sight, and hearing.  

I was so blown away by the artistic gifts of these young visual artists that I had to share pictures with you.  These college students worked for five straight days on their pieces, and the giftedness in the room was breath-taking to behold. 

A tryptic made from frosting (yes, frosting!), and duel panels depicting washing by water.

"Which of the five senses would be hardest to lose?"  I found the various New York personalities on this piece fascinating.  Everyone's opinion was just a bit different.

Over 2,000 nametags were written and placed on the wall for this piece.

This struggling figure was crafted from wire!  The sense of physical and emotional conflict was very evident.

Liz, Mark and Nora, the amazing interns who worked hard alongside the students.

Kristen, Liz and Caitlin--roommates!  We were so very proud of Liz.  She worked on the frosting tryptic all week with two other art students.

I love how Here's Life transformed the warehouse into an art gallery.

Liz wrote our names on nametags and had us find them!  

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." 
-Ephesians 2:10

Which of the five senses would be hardest for you to lose?  How have you experienced God through art?


  1. Can't even start to describe the impact of art, as I'm sure you can agree. :-) Started lessons with Sandy last month, and she's SO good at incorporating the idea of worship. Love you and miss you!!!

    1. I am so glad to hear that! Music, songwriting, and worship are my favorite artistic outlets, too. The Lord impressed upon my heart the other day the importance of seeing music as an offering, not an idol. I love that you are incorporating worship into your lessons. Art is wonderful and SUCH proof of what a creative God we serve. Miss you, too!

  2. I'm with Leah. :) If I ever lost any of my senses, I pray it wouldn't be hearing. I can't imagine a life without music. Approaching singing as worship outside of a church context can be difficult for me, though; I get so wrapped up in thinking about technique and "artistic expression" that I forget Who gave me the voice in the first place. As always, thanks for your insight, Kristen!

    1. Hi Emily! I completely know what you're talking about because I do that, too! I get so wrapped up in singing healthily that it distracts me from the purpose. Thanks for sharing that struggle--glad I'm not alone!


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