Sunday, September 22, 2013

Life as collage

One of our assignments last weekend was to create a visual representing our personalities and call to missions. With a few magazines and a sheet of paper, the speaker told us to "go to town." W took quick pictures with his IPhone when we were done. Sorry about the poor quality (glare from overhead lights). You'll have an idea, regardless.

W neatly cut out pictures and taped them within the borders of the sheet. He left some white edges. Here's his collage (explanation below).

W views his ministry as a shared meal (center), eating together in God's Word. Many people in Bandung wait to learn about Good News (lower left). He's a teacher (lower right). The top picture shows prayers of gratitude. His caption is our invitation to you: "Join Our Story."

My collage was more spontaneous. I tore pages out of the magazines and ripped them to size as the project developed. My images spilled over the sides of the page and overlapped each other. (Explanation below.)

I'm a connector, shown by the plugs. We're going to interact with learners (student bus in the middle) and need high energy as we gear up to go (the red truck; the horse rider). We expect to be covered by the Word and prayer (umbrella, lower). We'll be planting an International Service with others on the team (lower left) in a place that is barren of the Gospel (dead trees, with new grass springing up). We expect to reach out with hospitality and personal relationships (teacup and plate of food).

We were given limited resources (choice of magazines, scissors, and a glue stick) and 9 minutes to complete our task. These were hardly pieces of art. It's fascinating how each person in the room completed the assignment with personalization and their own organization. Some were very systematic; others were random. Two of us overflowed the edges and filled the page. Others had tiny images and captions with lots of unused space. One graphic designer constructed a 3-D panorama. Cool!

Hope you enjoyed the collages. It would be fun to see what you'd come up with in 9 minutes!

Read more:

*Praise the Lord! How good to sing praises to our God!    How delightful and how fitting! The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem and bringing the exiles back to Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them all by name.mHow great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension! Psalm 147:1-5 NLT

*Take heed, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint. Isaiah 7:4 ESV

*Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for
building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 NIV

*Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Ephesians 6:10 ESV

Moravian Prayer: God our King, as we serve you, give us your power so we may do your will in all things. Strengthen us so we do not yield to the temptation of taking the easy way out. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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