I have two wonderful assistants in my Spanish ministry–Cristina in Peru and Ximena in Bolivia. Thursdays is my day to talk with Ximena about the projects. As a compliment, I told her today she was my left hand. The right hand was already taken by Cristina. It turns out she is left-handed, so that fit perfectly. Ximena writes articles and lessons.
My “right hand” and I talk in the mornings and many times late in the evenings. Last night she told me about the first picture she did for me, drawing through tears!
Here is the story:
When I started putting my children’s stories on-line at the close of 2009 I had some pictures from my time of doing story-papers in Bolivia (1980’s), but then I started running out of pictures. I put out a plea to find an artist.
Cristina’s parents told her about this. Why Cristina offered to help out is a mystery, because she could not draw. When she got my story, that was about Fanny Crosby, the blind song-writer, it devastated her. That’s why she cried! How would she draw a picture of someone from old times?
Her mother encouraged her. Cristina started using the computer to put together pictures, piece by piece. They had an old laptop that everyone wanted to use and it was difficult for Cristina to have the access-time she needed for the pictures, so I provided her with a computer. For me, that was the least I could do, since she was volunteering to do the pictures.
In 2013, on Cristina’s birthday, she lost her job. I’m glad that she felt the confidence to confide in me. That’s when I offered her to work for me full-time. I promised her work for three years, since I had a free-lance contract for three years. She has been my right hand for six years now. What a blessing! And every day she becomes more precious to me.
As the Lord of Peace has provided for these extra three years, I believe he will continue to provide, so we can go on working with the ideas that seem to have no end.
If it had not been for those initial tears, and the struggles of doing the first pictures, we would not be working together today, because when she lost her job she would not have had any reason to call me. She would not even have had my contact information.
Every step we take is important. You have probably seen in your life how one thing has led to another. That’s why it’s so important te keep our eyes and ears open. Especially to have eyes and ears open to God’s leading.
The latest “idea” Cristina has illustrated for me is the circle at the top of this page. It was probably Monday morning that I was blessed to read the Apostle Paul’s greeting of peace to the Thessalonians, as he wished them peace from the Lord of Peace–peace at all times and in every way.
I thought of a circle to illustrate that thought, drew a sketch, took a picture, and sent it to Cristina. You see the result! The circle of peace encompasses everything. At all times and in every way. That’s right! Peace at all times and in every way, in other words: every time and in everything!
Jesus the Lord of Peace is the Prince of Peace.
The last thing Jesus promised his disciples in his farewell speech was peace.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
How did he greet the disciples after his resurrection?
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19
Peace! I wish you peace this Easter Season!
On Sunday we celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. Here is the donkey on its way!
I have put together some pictures for Passion Week. Our artist, Ab-Shalom, is enjoying his eternity with Jesus. I am so thankful for all the artwork he has left behind for us. We don’t take anything with us when we go, but our works will follow us. His art is going to bless children for generations to come. Until Jesus’ return, I hope!
Ab-Shalom was a God-send when I “found” him after launching my plea for an artist. Now Cristina can use his artwork as basis for her computer generated art.
This week’s story was written by Ximena. I had no pictures to illustrate it other than a shield we had introduced last week for the question, What would Jesus do?
Surprise! Last night when I checked my Dropbox to see what Cristian had worked on, there were four pictures to illustrate the story (Ab-Shalom adapted picture). I had wanted to give her a break, but she could not think of us having the story without pictures. That’s “my” Cristina!
Passion Week Pictures
To color: For coloring In color: Images CO
Power Point: Passion Week PPT PDF: Passion Week PDF
Here is a story of a special boy and a special egg:
Video on YouTube: Jamie’s Special Easter Egg
PowerPoint: James Easter Egg PDF: James Easter Egg
Flashcards for the story: Jamies Egg CO Jamies Egg BW
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