Some Progress, Mostly People. That sums up today. I'm not quite sure how the day of work flew by, but I know it had something to do with the visits from friends and family and steady work on the mosaic. The lower half of the tree is complete. I'm struggling to write tonight as it has been a long couple of days.
I am so thankful for the time at Gateway. I was thinking about that today and what it will be like to leave the mall when the project is complete. I have been amazed at how much I really am part of the community there. I am amazed to think it all started because God called me out of my comfort zone and I chose to obey. In obedience, I reach out to a few of the people I saw walking each day during the winter. One of those gentlemen, my youngest son and I reached out to that winter 5 years ago, came today just to see the progress of the mural and say hello. This man has become one of my biggest cheerleaders when it comes to continuing to create art.
Stories continue. And they will continue beyond this project. I will continue to walk at Gateway.
Relationships will continue. Some will develop, others will not. But, I look forward to a continued relationship with a special lady I met because of this project. She was my biggest encourager today.
Though I can't seem to write much more tonight, I will say thank you to all the visitors today. By coming to say hello, you have shown me love and value. Without you all, I could not do this journey. Thank you. Please continue to pray for the rest of this project. Not only, for the art's completion or for stamina for me, but that God would continue to move in the hearts and lives of people who see the mural and the literature from Hope Venture. May God use the mosaic to bring hope to those in Lincoln, but also eventually hope to those in India, Uganda, and Kenya through Hope Venture.
Ann has worked as a professional artist since 2006. She currently works on her own studio artwork as well as large, commercial works and with other artists in any way she can.