Artist Series

Tales of the least-reached

Captivating inspiration

Did you know God is an artist?

 

In 2020, a collection of artists decided to tell the stories of least-reached people groups—God's created masterpieces—through art of their own.

 


Painting of Kenyan women

Women in Kenya

Women in Kenya depicts the lives of the women the artist walked with in Kenya. Through Christ they have freedom and they are clothed in strength and dignity. The artist is proclaiming a blessing over them and the message they carry in their communities.

Artist: Zani Stoffberg, South Africa

Painting of orphan boys in Mozambique

Orphan Boys in Mozambique

Orphan Boys in Mozambique was inspired by the artist's visit in 2014  to an orphanage in Mozambique. Colorful faces reflect the boys' joy, vibrant culture and bright future thanks to the care of the orphanage staff.

Artist: Zani Stoffberg, South Africa

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Painting of a Basotho shepherd

Basotho Shepherd

Basotho Shepherd portrays a least-reached people group in The Kingdom of Lesotho. Shepherds spend most of their time hired to tend to flocks of sheep up in the snowy mountaintops, above 3000m. Find out more about their life, plight and what we do to reach them with the love of Jesus below.

Artist: Lenka Knoetze, Slovakia

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Painting of Nepalese woman

Nepalese Woman Working in a Field

Nepalese Woman Working in a Field is a look into the realities of life in Nepal, focused on the plight of women particularly.

More about Asia
Painting of Zanzibar seascape

Zanzibar Seascape

Zanzibar is a tropical island off the coast of Tanzania. Once the hub for slave trade to the Arabian Peninsula, Zanzibar is still heavily influenced by Arabic culture and Islam. Get inspired by a story of two Tanzanian  believers, loving local people whatever the cost, by clicking on the button below.

Artist: Sharon Offord, South Africa

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Painting of a muslim woman

Portrait of a Muslim Woman

Portrait of a Muslim Woman was inspired by the Bible verse in Isaiah 42:7 "to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness."(NIV) Will you join us in praying this verse.

Artist: Erica Bourn, South Africa

More about people of other faiths
Painting of young man in prayer

New Territories

New Territories integrates the artist's local landscape - the Cape Fynbos - with an Asian aspect by painting on fabric printed with Chinese characters. Suggested in the title and painting, is the artist's own exploration of new territories, heart for different people groups, travels to foreign nations, and is influenced by the people, culture, and landscape. A figure in the foreground is humbly prostrated in a typical posture of prayer. Above him three figures are painted “in the air”, suggesting they are the subject of the prayer.

New Territories expresses the heart of OM on different levels. To mention a few: a heart for prayer, specifically nations falling in the 10/40 window; going to different nations to represent God to people who don’t know Him; releasing the kingdom of God.

Artist: Janna Prinsloo, South Africa

More about China
Collage inspired by the deaf in Algeria

The Resurgence

At the heart of it all, the reason and motive for everything we are and do is the gospel of Jesus Christ. His life death and resurrection gives life value meaning, structure and purpose. He is at the centre of our lives reviving regenerating and renewing us moment by moment. And our quest is to fulfil the command He gave to His Disciples before He left this earth and before He returns again! He alone holds the keys! He alone brings about the Resurgence in human hearts! But He has chosen us…(Romans 10:14 NLT)

In preparing for this painting, the artist learned that there are almost 400,000 deaf people in Algeria who do not know about Jesus. For them, it is especially difficult because of their deafness. This is close to the artist's heart as someone who uses sign language and has worked with the deaf.

Artist: Lou Ann Young, Canada

More about Algeria

Arts

Does Creativity Call You?

Artists at their best are truthtellers and so the arts constitute one important way in which we can speak the truth of the gospel. In the world of mission, the arts are an untapped resource. We actively encourage greater Christian involvement in the arts.

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Reaching the Least-Reached

WE WANT TO REACH OUT TO ALL PEOPLE

We want to see God's love shared in places where no one is sharing the life and teachings of Jesus, where no local community of Jesus followers has formed and where culture, language and other barriers separate people from local Jesus followers.

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