COME AND SEE
c. 2015 Lisa Marten
24x30 mixed media on canvas
painted live at Ke Aha Vineyard, Maui
I've got some exciting news to share with you about my upcoming travels. As you've probably noticed my last art ministry trip had a different feel and focus than most.
Over the last several years I've been listening in and joining the conversation that's going on across the waters in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (specifically upon a tiny island within the Hawaiian Island chain called Maui). With each art ministry trip to Maui that I've taken, my ears have been tuned more acutely to the conversation that God is having there. And it's becoming clearer that my unique voice is continuing to be invited in. There's a resounding heartbeat upon the wave sets that has been calling me forward. "Come. Come and See. Come. Come Follow Me." And with each wave set my heart has been syncing with it.
So after years of being invited into the conversation on Maui...after years of travel and connection, dreams and images, art and creativity, songs and dance, tears and laughter, words and stories poured out and poured in....after years of prayer and conversations with so many people linking my heart within the Tribe there on Maui...
I'm ready for the next step.
I will be moving over to Maui in September of this year to fully come alongside Ke Aha Vineyard church (located in Kahului) through creativity to those they reach out to on a daily basis. I'm committing for a year with the chance to evaluate for longer term as the story unfolds.
This is a decision that hasn't come lightly or suddenly...it truly has been a journey and process of multiple conversations and lots of prayer with many involved here at home and over there.
As you know, I have said this many times....I may be the one traveling, but it's really not about me...and it's really not about the art (though art can be a language that is spoken that builds bridges across cultures and nations and peoples)...it's about God's heart for people and His heart to love and want us actively involved in that love. And Oh how He loves in creative ways!
One of the ways that I get to be a part of the conversation and love on people in creative ways...is by being sent out from my local church and local Commissioning Group to GO and travel globally to those who are already serving locally (whether that be in other countries or whether that be in the U.S.)...I come alongside others through creativity, in what they're already doing, to whom they're already reaching. And it becomes a partnership...with Him, with them, with you, with me.
This time I get to come alongside Ke Aha Vineyard church of Maui, for much more than a short term trip. I get to become a part of them on a daily basis...at least for awhile. :)
And that means you're invited to continue to come along with me on this journey and be a part of it all.
I want to keep you informed as I prepare for this new exciting artistic adventure across the waters. I will need your prayers and support as I venture out into uncharted territory full time. And you are part of this continuing creative conversation with me. Your voice matters in all of this and I appreciate you.
I will keep posting updates here over the next 7 months as I prepare to GO so that you can hear the story behind this process. And I will continue posting during the year, while I'm living on Maui and serving through creativity, so you can get the chance to experience it with me.
You can follow me here on this blog, on Facebook, and on Instagram. And if you'd like to help provide financially for art supplies and other expenses while I serve through creativity, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can.
For the time being I am putting a hold on all other global travel (at least for the year that I've committed to the conversation on Maui) but I will re-evaluate for future trips as the story unfolds (staying open to listening to His voice throughout all of this). I know there are many more places to journey to and conversations to be a part of (and perhaps to revisit), but for now I will need to focus and tune my ears to Maui (as this has been long in coming and it is time).
Thank you again for being a part of the conversation with me and for coming alongside me as I come alongside others through creativity all around the world.
Much Love to you all.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
c. 2018 Lisa Marten
24x30 mixed media on canvas