The OM Arts School of Mission, located in Italy, begins in just over two months. It is crazy to think that about a year ago we were getting ready to head over to Italy just to check things out and see if serving there was something God might have for us. About a year later we are packing to move out there to do full time ministry indefinitely.

I never thought that a training program like this would exist and I am so excited and humbled to be a part of it. It is not something that I would be able to do in and of myself, but something God clearly called me to be involved in. Let me tell you some of the reasons why I am so excited about this new program.

One reason is because this very unique training program recruits proficient artists from all over the world who are passionate about Christ and want to use their God given gift in ministry. This spring we will have artists participating in the program who are from all of these countries:

  • USA
  • UK
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Ecuador
  • Canada
  • Singapore

We will be training 16 people (Visual Artists, Dancers, and Musicians) from 9 different countries who have been called by God to use their God given gift to tell people about Jesus! How awesome is that?

Secondly, this program is so much bigger than I am, bigger than the leaders of the program, and bigger than what we can even imagine. God is the One who is making it happen because there is a need in the world for people to hear about Jesus and the arts is a platform that God is using. These artists are going to be trained to use their art ability as a platform to introduce others to Jesus and the gift of salvation. I am just in awe of it all and humbled that God has chosen me to be a part of it. I am excited to see what God is going to do in all of the students, the leaders of the program, and myself.

Satan does not want any of this to happen and is going to do whatever he can to prevent students and leaders from making it to Italy for the school in February. We desperately need your prayers. Please pray for the students that are coming, for the leaders (including us), and for the OM Italy staff that are going to be a part of this 3 month program. Please pray that God may be preparing and softening hearts to be receptive to what He wants to teach all who are involved in the school and all who are touched by our outreach efforts. Pray also for protection from the fiery darts that Satan is going to be sending our way. Please Pray!

I truly believe that God is going to change parts of the world through the arts. And this program is one way He is going to train the next generation of Missionary Artists to go into the world and reach it for Christ. God used 12 disciples to turn the world upside-down. He can do the same through the artists who will be coming through this program. We count it a privilege to be a part of what God is doing and we thank you for being involved with us as you pray!

-Jon

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