TRANSFORMATION THROUGH ARTS IN ASIA
All together, finally, in one place and in person, 50 teachers and students shared two days full of joyful noise, life breakthroughs, and tears. This spring, one of our Ph.D. students in DIU’s Center for Excellence in World Arts (CEWA), along with several faculty members who joined remotely, taught an Ethnodoxology intensive course in Asia. Here’s what our student leader had to say about the experience:
We danced, shouted, mourned, sang, and prayed for the world and especially for Myanmar and Japan. We were also healed and regained hope in God’s word through creative, worshipful expressions. We had a great debriefing and discussed our next steps. Everyone said: “It’s amazing!” . . . “I’m so thankful that I can participate in this course.” “God’s transformation on us is so visible!” We still need a lot of prayer for wisdom to understand God’s plan and how to continue the connections and relationships we’ve established. May God show His next and new steps for us!
Dr. Beth Argot, CEWA Associate Director, added this several weeks later:
I am bursting and have to share something!! I recently had a few Zoom meetings with two more Asia-based students who want to participate in the annual Arts and Trauma Healing course. They both shared the most open, heart-wrenching stories of what God is doing in them and how He used the “Arts with God” examples we shared in the Ethnodoxology intensive to heal, reveal amazing things to them, experience Him, and more. They immediately took it to their prayer group and started using it with them, and then there were more stories from those participants of God moving in amazing ways! They both feel that God is prodding them to use this to work with their people and the church.
In addition to Beth’s post-course conversations with students, three students enrolled in the current Arts and Trauma Healing course at DIU. Two of these students took a sabbatical from their jobs to pursue education in this course and are seeking God’s will for their next steps. Several students also signed up for “post-course conversations.” One person is registering to study at DIU in the World Arts program, and another asked for Ethnodoxology connections to the difficult part of the world he will serve. Several of these individuals feel a strong call to develop the Arts and Trauma Healing ministry in their home countries.
Praise God for how He is moving among our Asian brothers and sisters to heal hearts, encourage the arts, and open doors for sharing His heart with the lost. Please continue praying for the course participants as they take what they learned and apply it in their contexts.
LEARNING TO FORGIVE
This update comes from DIU alumnus Adam Huntley, who has been working on Bible translation checking for a language group in the Central African Republic (read more of his story here). As people gain access to His word in their heart language, lives are changing!
The Bhogoto team and I just finished checking the Gospel of Matthew. As the chapters are being checked, they are quickly being taught to the community. Here’s a recent story from the text just coming out of the oven.
One woman, a Christian, having listened to the teaching from the text in Bhogoto on the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:23–35) told this story:
A lady in my community went and stole my cassava that was still soaking in the buckets. I planned to go and bring her in front of the district chief so that he would force her to pay me back for what she stole. But when I listened to this passage, I said to myself, “This message is for me.” I decided to forgive her, promising to tell her to her face that, “Thanks to the Lord and above all, to His word, I forgive you (and please, don’t do it again).”
God’s word is alive and moving around the earth! Praise Him with us for the ways hearts and lives are beginning to change in the Central African Republic.
Check out another encouraging story from alumni here.
SEEDS OF CHANGE
It starts with a student . . . and like dominoes, the impact goes on into language communities around the world, where people receive God’s word for the first time in their own languages, engage in their local art forms for His glory, and begin to be transformed. It starts here at DIU, and continues because of you.
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