20 YEARS OF D I S PL AYING GO D’ S HE ART TH RO U GH T HE ARTS 2 0 1 9 Ye a r E n d R e p o r t
20 YEAR S of displaying God’s heart thorough the arts It is with awe that we look back on 20 years of ministry through Full Sail. Never could we have imagined what God had in mind when we first heard Him inviting us to take a leap of faith back in July of 1999!! In each of the 19 international outreaches to Thailand, India, Qatar, Malaysia, Haiti, Canada, Cambodia, Paraguay, Current for Women Weekends, Oasis Day Retreats, Biola Days, women’s retreats all around the country, and countless one on one coffee dates at home, we have seen God faithfully encounter every person who has turned his or her heart toward Him, including our own.
We continue to be convinced that we are called to display the invitation of God’s heart to intimacy with Him – to create space and time for people to experience the connection we were all created for. On behalf of our family, volunteers, team members, the Board of Directors, and the countless people who have experienced the touch of Christ through FSM, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your partnership with us. May this coming year be filled with wonder, delight, and faith as we walk through every new door He opens before us.
Taking a Leap of Faith!
1st (of 18) FSM tour in van and trailer (OH, Newfoundland); Mercy Streets filmed
Freedom of the Sea recorded; Purchased 1st motorhome
Jill speaks for 8 (of over 50 subsequent) women’s retreats across the US and Canada
Outreach to Haiti
Year of major health struggles for Jill
C4W “Chosen”; Outreach to Phuket, Thailand
Biola Days; 1st Oasis Day Retreat
SEW (Spiritual Emphasis Week) in Chiang Mai, Thailand: 1st C4W in Thailand
1st FSM overseas outreach to Thailand (over 11 subsequent trips there)
Outreach to Albania; ‘Like Dandelion Dust’ film production begins
Beautiful Feet and Lay It Down albums recorded
1st Current for Women Weekend (C4W) “Deep Calls to Deep”
Refresh Nights Worship Concerts
Geoff’s openheart surgery; Move to Bennetts’ Ranch
Erin + Alex married; Dalat International School SEW in Penang, Malaysia; 1st C4W in Malaysia; Pacific Academy SEW in Vancouver, B.C.
Sabbatical; Outreach to SE Asia; Outreach to Paraguay
COM E OVE R HERE ! An invitation to rest and relationship overseas...
In April, just a few weeks after our sabbatical ended, we found ourselves asking the question: “Where is God moving right in front of us and how can we join Him?” We’d heard from several of our dear missionary friends in SE Asia recently and all of them had expressed weariness and home-sickness.We were reminded of Acts 16 when Paul saw a Macedonian man in a dream asking him to “Come over and help us.” We felt that God was inviting us to join Him in bringing refreshment and ‘Home’ to these people who are constantly pouring themselves out for others.
“WHERE IS GOD MOVING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US & HOW CAN WE JOIN HIM?” What a trip it was! We spent a month (July 17-August 15) in Chiang Mai and Chonburi, Thailand, Penang, Malaysia and Battambang, Cambodia. What a gift to f low with God in partnership to serve others by bringing two suitcases full of goodies we shared with over 60 individuals, enjoying dozens of conversations, providing childcare, buying groceries, listening, and praying with these amazing servants and friends.
We spent our first week in Chiang Mai, Thailand.We were able to see several friends who had attended Current for Women weekends (2015 and 2017) and Grace International School Spiritual Emphasis Week (2015) and visit several long-time missionary partners. What we experienced in the hours of conversation and real connection is best told by our friends in their own words. (All quotes throughout are used by permission.)
SCOTT AND HEATHER We met Heather for the first time at our 2017 Current For Women event in Chiang Mai. At the time, she needed a moment to “Pause, Listen and Receive” personal encouragement from her Father. During the last day of the weekend, she decided to brave the footwashing station. Hesitant, she sat and allowed Jill’s sister, Jamie, to wash her weary feet and pray over her. In that moment, Abba God met her and brought healing to her heart. As a result, a deep heart connection between those ladies was forged. During this trip to Chiang Mai, we met up with Heather and her husband Scott. We were so impressed by this loving couple. They are the real deal - honoring and expressing the heart of God in all they do. They use their business, Breathe Cafe and Essential Oils, as a platform to share the love of Jesus by helping women reach their potential in business and build lasting relationships. Just walking through the door of their business, we could sense the presence of the Holy Spirit. “It was such a blessing to have Jill and Geoff come visit us. As workers on the ground in Thailand, we have never had our family come to visit us. The Ludlows brought home to us. The entire time we talked with them..I was just weeping from feeling loved by the Holy Spirit through them.We have recently been going through a tough time, experiencing intense spiritual warfare on the field, and they just jumped right into battle with us. It is so rare to meet someone that can love you so deeply and with no judgment within the first five minutes of talking…I feel like I can survive the next year because of their visit. So thankful to them and to the people who helped make this visit possible.”–HEATHER
CYNTHIA AND MACEO Cynthia is a single missionary who has served in Thailand for the past 12 years. She partners with Andy and Carmen Owen and is one of the co-founders of Freedom Textiles – an internship program designed to help provide skills, support, and spiritual guidance for young women recently released from juvenile detention center. Over the years, several of our Full Sail teams have had the privilege of doing Bible studies, leading worship, and sharing testimonies at that same juvenile detention center. Four years ago, Cynthia felt the Lord lead her to begin the process of adopting a two-year-old Thai boy named Maceo. This full-time missionary, singlemom is serving God in powerful, hugely significant, but often unseen ways. After four years of being unable to go home to Canada to visit supporters or family, her heart was longing for a taste of Home. “In 2013, the Ludlow family invaded my life, my world, my sanity...they spoke truth, healing and courage into me. They became a second family. They invited me into relationship; so real, honest and deep. Outside of my own family, these are the people I love, trust and admire the most. I’m an Enneagram 8, which means I don’t do vulnerable well. These two have found a way to bring out transparency, vulnerability, trust, belly laughs, and a waterworks of tears. Most of which I typically tend to hold ridiculously close. Not being home with my incredible family and dear friends for over 4 years now made this recent reunion with them even more special. They have the gift of bringing home to you; wherever you are. They carry an anointing from the Father to encourage, help you forgive, trust, and dream. I’ve had little sleep BUT... my heart and soul and spirit are so awake and alive and thriving.” –CYNTHIA
MACEO + CYNTHIA
CYNTHIA , HEATHER, + SCOTT
BELLE, FREEDOM TEXTILES INTERN
PE NANG , MAL AYSI A In March and April of 2018, we had the privilege of partnering with Dalat International School for their Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) as well as hosting a Current for Women Weekend Away for the women of Penang. What a delight it was this trip to catch up with teachers, school leadership, pastors, and individuals we’ve met and come to love through our last several visits to Malaysia. It was amazing to hear how God has continued to work here; as one person put it, “Your visit a year ago started a ‘tectonic shift’ in the spiritual environment on the ground here in Penang.”
QUICK FACTS Total Population: 32,581,010 Penang State Population: 1,766,800 Penang State Area: 405 sq mi Dominant Religion: Islam (62%) (Evangelical 3.1%)
M A L AYS I A C4W L E A D E R S H I P T E A M
JONATHAN AND KARI We met these two back in September of 2016 when we first went with a small group of women to ‘scout out’ the possibilities of bringing a team to Malaysia. Jonathan and Kari work at Dalat International School and simply and profoundly carry the heart of God to every single person they meet and interact with. Their passionate love for God and His people is contagious. This couple and their three boys quickly found a special place in our hearts; we now count them among our dear friends. IN THEIR OWN WORDS
“This past year was challenging for us in ways that are hard to put into words.We have been processing some deeply personal issues that felt heavy at times. Both of us were grateful for the Ludlows’ visit, as it seemed to really lighten our load.We needed a reminder of God’s goodness and favor, and we caught a glimpse of that again. Somehow they carry grace and acceptance wherever they go, and it spills over to those they interact with.We realized again that we are seen and known by the One who loves us.We’re so grateful to them for bringing refreshment to our family and being a conduit of His grace in our lives!” –KARI
J O N AT H A N , K A R I , + F A M I LY
“YOUR VISIT A YEAR AGO STARTED A ‘TECTONIC SHIFT’ IN THE SPIRITUAL ENVIRONMENT ON THE GROUND HERE IN PENANG.”
FRIENDS JANICE, JOSEPHINE, + ESTHER
ESTHER Esther is a student at Dalat International School, where Jonathan and Kari teach. Over breakfast together, Esther shared how her life was profoundly impacted during the 2018 Spiritual Emphasis Week. IN HER OWN WORDS
“Last year’s SEW led by Full Sail was very special to me. It changed my perspective of God and led me to desire to fully commit to Him. The most important thing I learned was to tune in to God’s ‘frequency’. I realized that He had always been reaching out and speaking to me but I was too busy and distracted to listen.When Jill prayed for me, I really felt God’s presence for the first time. Many of my friends were touched by their ministry as well and had tearful encounters with God when they went up for altar calls, including prebelievers. A few months after SEW, I got baptized in the sea in front of my school.” –ESTHER
BAT TA M B ANG , CAMBO DIA When we had the opportunity to stop in Cambodia on our trip, we immediately reached out to Kovonne and Channoeun, a couple we knew of on the ground there. They were thrilled and quickly arranged a number of ministry opportunities for us during our visit such as a women’s tea, a service for a new church plant outside of town, and a YWAM staff luncheon. Our first time in Cambodia was a blast!
QUICK FACTS Total Population: 16.49 million Local Population: 196,700
Dominant Religion: Buddism (95%) (Evangelical 2%)
Battambang Area: 113.1 sq mi
CHANNOEUN + KOVONNE
“CAMBODIA LOVES ART, MUSIC,
Kovonne, sister-in-law of our FSM accountant, is originally from Visalia. She joined YWAM Cambodia in 2009, where she met and later married Channoeun, a Cambodian staff member. Now, they and their three children serve on a leadership team at YWAM Battambang base (100 staff and 200 students) and Channoeun serves as head pastor of YWAM’s Community Light Church. This wise, loving, and sensitive couple quickly became treasured friends.
TO SEE HOW GOD WILL USE FULL
GEOFF SPEAKING AT SHADES OF GRACE CHURCH ( E I G H T YO U N G PEO PL E G AVE THEIR HEARTS TO THE LORD)
AND DANCE! WE ARE SO EXCITED SAIL MINISTRIES TO BRING HIS HEART TO CAMBODIA IN THE FUTURE! THANK YOU FOR OPENING YOUR HEART UP TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND PEOPLE. WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL AND FULL OF ANTICIPATION! ” (KOVONNE)
C H A N N O E U N , K O V O N N E + F A M I LY
SHADES OF GRACE BAPTISM THE FOLLOWING WEEK
NEW BELIEVERS FROM SHADES OF GRACE SERVICE
YWAM LUNCHEON During our sabbatical time in the spring, we felt God wooing us back to the beginning – back to the simplicity and intimacy of First Love. One of the ministry opportunities set up for us in Battambang involved speaking to a group of YWAM staffers on the topic: “Cultivating Intimacy with God in the Midst of Ministry”! We had a great time together preparing for and presenting this teaching, since we find ourselves living smack dab in that middle of the lesson! We spoke about living out of rest rather than working for rest.We talked about learning to get really good at receiving from God.
We shared about honesty – learning to lay our hearts open before God as well as others in vulnerability and authenticity. Finally, we spoke of following the Flow – eyes and ears locked on the Father and as we join Him in what He is doing. There were lots of tears (including ours) during the prayer time afterwards as we sensed God working deeply in each of our hearts. One of the young ladies in attendance stayed behind afterwards to talk and pray together. We felt the importance of what God was doing in her heart, even though she shared few details of her life. In an email sent a few weeks after we left, she articulated her thoughts about our time together (below).
“I WISH I COULD EXPLAIN H O W T I M E LY Y O U R A R R I VA L WAS! GOD SENT YOU ALL L I T E R A L LY A S A N A N S W E R TO MY QUESTIONS & PRAYERS ABOUT WHO HE IS & WHO I AM. I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH.” YWAM VOLUNTEER
C HO NB U R I , T H AIL AND QUICK FACTS Total Population: 69.70 million Chonburi Province Population: 1.7 million Chonburi Province Area: 1684.6 sq mi Dominant Religion: Buddism (95%) (Evangelical .6%)
During our recent trip to Chonburi, we were f looded with so many recollections of God’s faithfulness to meet person after person who came to Him in humble need. Our first Full Sail international outreach was to Chonburi, Thailand (our kids were 12, 10, 7 and 5 years old at the time!). We partnered with Team 2000 (Ricky and Karen Sanchez, Andy and Carmen Owen, and Dave and Louise Sinclair-Peters and their kids). We participated in services in their newly founded storefront church called The Life Center, and did concerts in prisons, parks, and schools. In the process, our hearts became deeply bonded with theirs. Little did we know it was only the beginning of what God would do through Full Sail internationally.
SARAH + OZZ We had the privilege of staying in the home of Ozz and Sarah (current pastors of The Life Center) and their 4 boys. It truly felt like practice for being grandparents one day!! We read books and played Legos, went on a 9:00 pm cake run, and attended Elijah’s (the oldest) school Mother’s Day performance. God gave us special moments to cry and laugh together, as we shared our hearts. “We are so blessed and encouraged because of your visit! Thanks sooo much for coming and loving on every single person in our family!! Thanks for the reminder that being God’s beloved child and growing in intimacy with Him is more important than anything we could ever ‘do’ for Him. (Why is that so hard to learn???) We want our love and joy to overflow (like the kitchen sink) from spending time with our First Love and getting back to the basics. Thanks for your continued prayers for all of us in Chonburi!! You are very loved here! We look forward with anticipation to when God brings you back!!” –SARAH
S A R A H + F A M I LY
S A R A H + F A M I LY
SOMCHAI + AUN Our very first Full Sail international concert in 2005 was at the small church where Somchai served as the paster. His wife, Aun, speaks exquisite English and has interpreted for us countless times over the many visits to Thailand. Aun and Jill have such a special connection; it’s as if they are one voice sharing one heart. God spoke through them again, this time during a women’s luncheon in ChonBuri and many tears were shed as hearts responded to God’s Voice, “I see you. I know you. I’ve got you.” During our visit, Aun gave us a tour of their new facility outside the city called Eden Gardens! We could barely believe our eyes as we drove through the gate! Lying before us was a 16 acre tree-lined property, small cabins (sleeps 60), a little grassy field for sports, a prayer chapel, and an event building (seats 200). At the end of the tour, Pastor Somchai joined us and we took hands spontaneously to thank God for what He has done! Then he looked at us and said,
“GEOFF AND JILL , YOU HAVE PLANTED MANY SEEDS IN US OVER ALL THESE YEARS. INDEED YOU HAVE PLANTED SEEDS IN THIS GROUND AND MUCH OF WHAT YOU SEE HAS SPRUNG FROM SEEDS YOU PLANTED!”
By now we were weeping. You see, he had no idea what the last year had been like for us. He had no idea of the dreams that had been in our hearts for the Ranch - a property so similar to this. And yet, he spoke – God spoke – comfort and courage and hope and new dreams into our souls through his words and prayer!! It was a hugely significant moment that only God could have arranged. Once again, even as we were pouring out, God was pouring in!
GOI Goi was one of our very first Thai friends. During our first 3 trips to Chonburi, Goi leant us her van to haul our sound equipment to the 20+ concerts each trip, before she was even a believer. She used to stand next to the sound man, and sign along with the sign language interpreter, as she wept. Sometime before our third outreach, Goi made the decision to give her whole life to Jesus! We’ve stayed in touch over the years and watched as Jesus has transformed her life. We were able to grab dinner together this trip and picked up right where we’d left off! We went away deeply encouraged and filled with gratitude for this precious friendship. “Caught up with this incredible couple, sharing food and wonderful feeling. The distance never affects the relationship. During the miserable and chaos times that we’re facing...when we stop relying on our understanding...we realize that we’re in the changing process as He wants to shape us. We don’t know what the future holds...but we do know the only One that holds our future.” -GOI
SOMCHAI + AUN GOI
TO PARAGUAY WITH LOVE
QUICK FACTS Total Population: 7.08 million Asunción Population: 3,279,000 Asunción Area: 45.17 sq mi Dominant Religion: Catholic (90%) (Evangelical 6.2%)
After an hour long conversation in October 2018 via Facetime with Marilyn Gross (friend and longtime supporter from Bellingham, WA) and her friend, Adela Braun (director of the Chaplaincy program for Diaconia, a Christian organization based in Asuncion, Paraguay that reaches out to women in poverty – providing micro-loans to 5000+ women, job training, and spiritual support through 180+ volunteer women chaplains in Trust Groups), we had a deep sense that God was once again up to something amazing!! As a result, Jill and a small team of women (Marilyn Gross, sister Jamie Beck and good friend Lori Riley) ventured to Paraguay October 6 -14 for a week of ministry, which included speaking at chapel services, a women’s night out for Home Church, a group of young women at a Mennonite Bible College, and a Sunday morning Mennonite Brethren Church, as well as visiting a number of trust groups, and participating in the Diaconia Chaplain’s Retreat. From our first prayer time prior to the trip, we felt Father asking us to give Him our “little lunch” like the little boy in the story of the feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14). What were these small “loaves and fish” compared to the great need? But His plan is always to take our “not enough” offered in trust and multiply it to feed “the 5000” to overf lowing. We saw it with our own eyes!
“WHAT WERE THESE SMALL ‘LOAVES AND FISH’ COMPARED TO THE GREAT NEED? BUT H I S PL A N I S A LWAYS TO TA K E OUR ‘NOT ENOUGH’ OFFERED I N T R U S T A N D M U LT I P LY IT TO FEED ‘THE 5000’ TO OVERFLOWING.”
S to r y t i m e J I L L : “At a women’s night out for Home Church, I shared my personal story of receiving deep emotional and spiritual healing from God and His extravagant Love. A woman came forward for prayer afterwards, pouring out her story of brokenness and deep feelings of insignificance her whole life. We prayed together but honestly I didn’t feel the release of the heaviness she was carrying. I encouraged her to go home, find some time and quiet space to ask Father this question: “What do YOU think of me?” Two evenings later, she showed up at another event we were participating in. But this time, she literally looked like a different woman!!!!! She came quickly toward us, eyes beaming and a smile that went from ear to ear!! She was GLOWING!! “How are you?” we asked. “I am VERY WELL!” she gushed, happy tears rolling down her cheeks. She proceeded to tell us she had been asking God for the last 6 months to open up her heart to experience His Love for her. The night she went home after we’d prayed together, she said she sat in the quiet and asked Him that question. And she began to hear and feel His heart of love for her. “I think He brought all of you all the way from the U.S. just for me.” It turns out, the one who’d thought she was insignificant was profoundly significant to Him!”
“I THINK HE [GOD] BROUGHT ALL OF YOU ALL THE WAY FROM THE U.S. JUST FOR ME.”
J A M I E : “Our little team of four quickly bonded with each other and with Adela, our amazing team member on the ground, quickly calling out one another’s gifts and giving permission to practice those gifts with boldness and confidence in many places and with many people. This trip had an ease and a f low I have never experienced before. The result was powerful teachings that opened hearts, ministry times that literally changed the countenances on women’s faces and many, many tears as burdens, wounds and spiritual blocks were released and healed through prayer and prophetic ministry. We lost track of how many women we ministered to and prayed with...a steady f low of pouring out, only to find ourselves continually being refreshed in return. Miraculous and so powerful!” (Continued on page 14)
JILL, LORI, + ADELA TEACH
THE DIACONIA TEAM
J A M I E , M A R I LY N , + L O R I
TO PARAGUAY WITH LOVE ( C O N T ) M A R I LY N :
“Our heart-tugging, heart-sharing, and heart-warming moments together with God’s people south of the equator filled us to overf lowing as we enjoyed sweet fellowship and community. When love is spoken in any language, there is no need for translation. This was truly our experience as God spoke loudly, with Holy Spirit-infused clarity in and through each of our hearts.”
L O R I : “Our last Sunday morning, we were asked to share at a very small remote church outside the city. What felt like a little add-on to the busy week, ended up being a truly significant time. We got to share the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 and the impact on the church members was tangible; so many people came forward for prayer – children, families, college-aged students, the elderly - responding to the Message by offering all that they had to the Lord. Lots of tears were shed. We even had the privilege of praying over the pastor and his wife, affirming that the work they have been doing was significant and seen by God. I felt like God would have sent us just for this small church, to cheer on the significant gospel work that they are participating in day in and day out. Even down to the last moments of our trip, God was pouring out His abundance in every small way we offered ourselves; every moment felt full to the brim with His goodness!”
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “We experienced moments we will not forget this weekend…What you brought us truly transformed my life and I can see the eyes of Jesus looking at me with so much love, and I never was able to before.” –CHAPLAIN FOR DIACONIA “My life was marked forever.” –CHAPLAIN’S RETREAT ATTENDEE “I just want to tell you that we received a renewed awareness of God’s heart guiding our families and ministry. Your time ministering to the chaplains and staff at Diaconia helped to awaken in us that hunger to keep our cups full of His Presence, to know the heart of God, and to live out of that place of abiding in His amazing love.” –JUDAH MOONEY, Founder and Director of Diaconia “Wow! I’ve never heard about God the way I heard you talking about Him tonight. I am so hungry to know Him that way!” –BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT “Every single one of us…have received something so unique and because of that I say a thousand times thank you.” –BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT
O N A PE R S O N A L N OT E As you can probably tell by now, our time in Asia and Paraguay was a true delight! Each day, as we sensed God’s plan unfolding, we poured ourselves wholly into the opportunities and individuals before us. We went to bed each night tired but so fulfilled. And we woke every morning with an expectancy and joy for what the new day would bring. We deeply enjoyed the simplicity of f lowing with God’s Spirit and with each other. We commented to one another on one of the f lights home that we were returning more refreshed than when we left. Father is teaching us a new way!
A MAN AND HIS SUB! After 18 years and 410,000 miles it was time to say goodbye to a fixture at FSM and Geoff’s primary mode of transport. We are looking for a replacement for this faithful rig, so if you know of a Suburban or crew cab pick up for sale or one that could be donated please let us know. And we will likely make it last for the next 18 years! Contact Geoff for this or any other gift in kind. Thanks so much! Geoff@FullSail.org or 559-627-8202
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GIVING WITH RESONANCE
PRAYING WITH PURPOSE
Resonance: ‘To evoke a feeling of shared emotion or belief; to correspond closely or harmoniously.’ The heartbeat of Full Sail Ministries is to create safe space and un-rushed time for people to make real and intimate connection with God. We have poured our hearts and souls into creating that opportunity for people – knowing how life changing it is. But we’re becoming more convinced than ever that what we give to others is an overf low of what we’re experiencing in our own lives. We are committed to allowing Him to give to us what we long to give to others. Intimacy precedes fruitfulness.
Thank you for the prayers you prayed for us and the support you offered so generously to help make these outreaches a reality.
If this resonates with you, we want to invite you to join us by supporting this work. Your financial support and focused prayer, we believe, causes miraculous things to unfold for God’s Kingdom. It’s like our individual notes, when joined together, build a chord, which, when joined in the Spirit with others, plays a song of Love to the world.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Will you continue to pray for us… • That the eyes of our hearts would be opened more and more to Who He really is. • That our identity as His beloved son and daughter would permeate every fiber of our being and overf low into all that we do and say. • That we would be aware of His promptings and direction as we continue to wait on Him for the next steps forward in our lives and ministry.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING UP YOUR INSTRUMENT & PL AYING HIS SONG OF GRACE WITH US!
If you want to be a part of what God is doing through Full Sail Ministries, please use the enclosed envelope or visit www.fullsail.org/give to make a monthly or one time financial gift. If you’d like to give a gift in kind, please email Geoff at Geoff@FullSail.org or call us at 559-627-8202. We are grateful for your support.
GEOFF + JILL LUDLOW
FULL SAIL MINISTRIES c/o Tulare County Outreach, Inc. PO Box 1772 Visalia, CA 93279-1772
S AY “ H E L L O ” T O U S A T . . . W W W. F U L L S A I L .O R G
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For the past 20 years Full Sail Ministries has launched teams of artists and Christian workers all over the globe. Communicating the heart o...
Published on Nov 25, 2019
For the past 20 years Full Sail Ministries has launched teams of artists and Christian workers all over the globe. Communicating the heart o...