Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Clay, the Gospel and a Potter on a Missions Trip

The oldest Potter in the world is God Himself.  He formed Adam “out of the dust of the earth,” and made Adam “in His own image.” He has passed that same spirit of creativity on to us, and it was a joy for Chuck to share that message with a group of children in rural Moldova.  Chuck’s church partnered
with Operation Mobilization (OM) and traveled to a small village near the Romanian border, to work with a local pastor and the OM Moldova team in a children's program. 

Unsure of where to get quality pottery clay in Moldova, Chuck brought the clay with him. Getting two 50lb boxes of clay through customs was an interesting challenge, but he got through!  With help from one of the Moldovan translators, Chuck taught the children some basic exercises and shapes, and then let them use their imagination to create what they wanted.  Chuck also met Peter, a local potter, and they spent some time sharing together.  A good sized block of the clay was given to bless him and his work. The OM Moldova team then took another block of clay to a similar children's program at a church in another small village. The pastor's wife there, an artist herself, was very appreciative, since she finds it difficult to obtain quality clay. 

Next year Chuck would like to return again with another opportunity to minister to children of various ages and continue to build bridges to share the Gospel message. If you are interested in arts missions trips, contact OM Arts International.

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