So I had my meeting with Boris about my schedule and the areas of the ministry that I will be getting involved in.
I will be:
- Working in the Boardstore
- Helping with the BBQs every friday at the skatepark
- Helping with skatechurch
- Helping with events and competitions
- Setting up the Boardstore Gallery with JC
I am so excited about this gallery.
For those that don't know, during my DTS God took me on a journey with my artwork. He showed me how I had been using my creativity to gain attention, respect and approval from people, trying to bring glory to myself instead of using the gifts He gave me to bring glory to Him and to bless people. I also had bad attitudes about art I saw elsewhere, I looked at and valued technical ability rather than appreciating the heart and passion of the person behind the art. I always assumed I would be the best person to do a creative task instead of stepping back and giving someone else the opportunity. I surrendered my art back to God and did not draw, paint or even doodle for over two months. I know that does not sound long but when I surrendered my art I did not know how long it would be before I felt God telling me I could draw again, if indeed ever. I told Him that I would rather not draw at all than use it in the wrong way. God taught me alot in that that time and really worked in my heart, changing my attitude towards my art as well as that of others.
Some time later an opportunity came up to do some artwork for a charity auction and I put out two fleeces about it (asking God if He wanted me to participate and telling Him that if art was mentioned in the sermon at church and if the first reading was from Isaiah I would take that as approval) which both happened. Since then I have started to do more art but am prayerful about it and only when I know my heart and motivation about it is right. I've also stepped back far more and seen other people do amazing things with their artwork.
When I was in Mount Isa someone praying for me felt that God was preparing me for something. Someone else has also said that to me. I wonder if this is part of it? To use my creativity in ministry with the right heart and the right motivations, giving all the glory to God and using it to draw people in and point them to Him. Basically I'm stoked on it. We have three months to see how the ministry goes and after that they may need to sublet out the space to finance the indoor skatepark so I'm trusting God to show me in those three months whether this is something He wants to be longer term or just a short term ministry.
So I'm working hard on the gallery, I've taken some pictures so I'll put them up soon. I see it as a gallery/drop in and will hopefully run workshops in there and bible studies. To be viable for the boardstore long term it needs to make some money so we'll need to sell some of the art so if you could pray about that that would be great.
Here are some other things happening in the ministry for which prayer would be awesome:
26th – 29th June Rob skate coaching
11th – 24th July Powderhound youth snowboarding camp (Rob, Derek and JC leading)
9th – 16th August Des and some grommies going on the Impact World Tour in Darwin
5th – 19th August Boris in germany fundraising and meeting distributors
18th – 20th September Christian Skaters conference
20th Nov – 5th Dec Bali skate outreach
16th – 18th Skatecomp and schools with YWAM Townsville
14th Nov Skatecomp with YWAM Newcastle
Feb 2010 Back to the Philippines
August 2010 Visiting skate ministries round the world trip
Projects in the pipeline:
Meetings about proposal for indoor skate park at the cable
Searching for a warehouse for skate facility, things we are looking for here are cheap, a long warehouse rather than square so you can have a run, one year lease to start with
Setting up the boardstore gallery
Finalising the 2 skateparks on bribi island
Looking for funding for mobile skate park
Hosting the Christian Skate conference in September
Thanks everybody, your prayers and support mean so much!