For years, I have passionately rambled on before many of you about this crazy dream that God put in my heart as a young teenager. For some reason Jesus decided to take me all the way to Africa to get me to finally write it all out on paper and start taking some major steps toward making this dream a reality.
So here is just a sneak peak (excerpts) of the proposal I have written in the last month.... thanks for reading, and for encouraging me all along this journey!
JAMPACT’s objective is to pursue a wide variety of both partners and supporters in this endeavor to spread the name of Jesus throughout the world through creative arts and discipleship. We consider partners to be both individuals and institutions (including churches and organizations) that are willing to be publically linked and broadcast as not only supporters of JAMPACT’s vision and mission, but also as investors in this endeavor across the world. We consider our supporters to be any individuals, churches or organizations that are committed to praying, following, and/or financially supporting this ministry whether it be a one time gift or consistent contribution commitment.
As the initiator of this ministry, the global vision for a Creative Arts Training Program and an Art Discipleship Ministry started in my heart when I was 13 years old. I envisioned a ministry that would make a lasting impact on the world, especially in lives of upcoming generations. My childhood and the years that followed into my adolescence were filled with a depth of grief that is hard to put into words. It has only been through my experience with profoundly hurting individuals, devastated cultures, and the love of Jesus Christ through His children and the creative arts that I have gained a voice and begun putting words to God’s Story in me.
GOD’S STORY/ REDEMPTIVE PLAN :
(insert personal back story)
Poverty, disease, and death are three inherited life-sentences that all of mankind cannot escape without a Savior. I am not denying that certain countries and individuals are remarkably more affected by these global tragedies than others. However, as a Christian, I believe that the Bible clearly explains each of these devastating realities as primarily a spiritual problem with secondary physical and emotional implications. Eph 2:1 states that we are all dead in our transgressions, that we are incapable of living again or responding to the love of God without the redemptive intervention of a Savior. Scripture professes that all of mankind has moved away from God, and chosen to live our own lives apart from His love. Despite our rejection and self-separation, He has made a way for us to be healed and reconciled through His Servant’s willing sacrificial death. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that this Servant was Jesus Christ who was pierced for our transgressions, who took on our diseases and death in His own body, and became poor and sick with grief among the peoples of the world in order to empathize with the physical and emotional poverty of His children. Therefore, poverty, disease and death are human spiritual and physical problems with only one real solution; Jesus Christ. Only through Christ, His triumphant victory over death, and through all those whom He chooses to use, will mankind ever be offered the hope of passing over from spiritual death to new life.
In light of the Gospel just proclaimed, JAMPACT is writing to specifically address our experience and understanding that the creative arts can have not only a profound influence on leading all kinds of peoples to new life, but can fruitfully disciple them into mature believers who glorify God with all their hearts, minds and bodies.
God has made every human being in His image, and thus we are a reflection of His infinite creativity. He has shown Himself to all of mankind through the extravagant beauty of His own Nature and His Creation; even to the point that He declares that “man is without excuse in knowing His existence” (Romans 1:21). As a response to this truth our vision, question and proposal arises:
If we are made in God’s image, and He is infinitely creative, how then should we respond to His love and His calling to love others, as creative beings?
Let us address that we are not stating that the so-called “creative arts” and being “creative imitators of God” are synonymous. It is quite possible that there are more forms of creativity in the world than there are species of animals. We simply acknowledge that being creative is intrinsically an expressive and responsive language among every individual soul and nation across the world. Therefore, “In whatever you do (including however you choose to reflect your creative nature)… Do it all for the Glory of God!” ~1 Cor. 10:31
INTRODUCING THE MINISTRY:
Now that I- the visionary- have shared my personal back story, God’s spiritual calling on all believers, the Biblical reasoning for pursuit of JAMPACT Ministry within that calling, and our team’s understanding of the need that will be met through this program, let us unpack the meaning behind the name: JAMPACT
JAMPACT: Jesus Arts Movement (through) Performance Academics Culture Training:
Let us start by saying that our name is “jam-packed” with purpose, intention, and double meanings. For instance, J.A.M. is meant to be read and understood in two different yet very important ways. First of all, the “Jesus Arts Movement” is a phrase, and more deeply an actual movement, that we would love to see spread around this planet for the Glory of God. We dream of seeing a generation unleashed before God, with their creative gifts and talents, dancing (movement) and worshipping Him with contagious freedom in their hearts. However, the three words are also meant to be separate (Jesus-Arts- Movement) because they represent what this ministry and the people within it are avidly pursuing both separately and together. We are all learning various forms of art and movement (dance), but together we are actively seeking the same Jesus and the same eternal movement toward Him through creative outlets.
At JAMPACT, we dream of seeing lives transformed through hearts and minds that are jam-packed with life-changing truth because of trained God-honoring facilitators whose classes and performances are jam-packed with creative students who are being equipped to imagine then create a world jam-packed with the love of God and the truth of the Gospel.
(If you would like to read the full proposal or are interested in joining as a partner or supporter in this ministry, please contact Debbie Sue directly at firstname.lastname@example.org)