Art can be used to build bridges and relationships. Read about how our Thailand intern team is working alongside Sarah to use art to create more than pretty pictures!
One of the main projects Alyssa and I are working on this Summer is supporting another PYF intern, Sarah, in teaching art classes at various youth homes. Sarah is an art student that had a vision of working with youth to teach them not only basic art techniques but how to express themselves in a healthy way. We taught the art class at two youth homes so far, and we are looking forward to teaching more. We are also planning a final art show to highlight the artwork work of youth living in youth homes around Chiang Mai.
I've loved this project for a few reasons. First, I love to paint and have used art as a way to de-stress and worship God in my own life. I am thrilled to be able to share one of my interests during this internship! Next, it has been amazing to watch Sarah use her passion for art to serve others. She engages with the students so well, and knows how to encourage them to develop their skills. It has also been amazing to watch students create works of art. I love it when the kids get excited about creativity, because I can see the creative attribute of God in that excitement.
My favorite part, though, has to be the opportunity to connect with a few youth home staff members during the classes. During our first class, one “house mom” was hesitant to participate along with the students, telling us how she always admired art but had not had a chance to create anything of her own. By the end of the class, it was hard to get her to stop! During another class, I was washing all of our dirty paint trays and brushes when one of the youth home staff members offered to help me. We were able to share a sweet conversation and get to know each other better, all while cleaning up the huge mess.
Please keep Alyssa and me in your prayers that we can continue to support and encourage the PYF staff, and that we can keep authentically meeting people in the everyday “mess” of life.