Each day this week I will gratefully highlight the ministries of other friends who have heard God's call to join Him in work HE is doing. They not only listened to God's voice but obeyed His call to action and are leading God's people in His work here and around the world.
Today I thank God for Redemption Art founded by Caitlin Beidler and affiliate Camp Hope Haiti. Thru these ministries Caitlin connects believers in the US with opportunity in Haiti and connects Haitians to the Love of God in the flesh and blood of caring brothers and sisters!
Redemption Art Mission
The mission of Redemption Art is to restore people, relationships, and communities through art. If something is in need of restoration, the implication is that it has been broken. Redemption Art's foundational belief is that people are broken and in great need of restoration. Once there is restoration, transformation of people, relationships, and communities can occur.
Redemption Art aims to be an effective tool in the restoration process by first creating trusting relationships through art, regardless of race, age, culture, or socioeconomic status. From these relationships, Redemption Art seeks to help bring about restoration and then transformation.
Redemption Art fulfills its mission by functioning as a "Business as Mission." Business as Mission is a term to describe the use of business as a tool for holistic transformation in people and in communities by addressing needs of the mind, body, spirit, specifically for the advancement of The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thus far, Redemption Art ministers to the whole person in these ways:
To physical needs through vocational opportunities (Real-life example: A Haitian living below poverty level helps complete a mural project. He is paid for his help, and therefore he is able to provide for some of his most basic needs.)
To mental needs through empowerment of a person's gifts (Real-life example: A Haitian man who believes he will never amount to anything because of where he lives is given the opportunity to use his skills to build a ladder for a mural project, and he is therefore empowered within himself and his community.)
To spiritual needs through sustainable, caring relationship (Real-life example: Talking weekly, praying with, and caring for a Haitian youth who has no family care or support.)
Redemption Art Conception
Redemption Art began in 2006. The artist, Caitlin Beidler, studied at the University of Ulster art school in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2001 during her college studies at University of Richmond, which began her pursuit of art. She graduated from University of Richmond in 2002 with a BA in Psychology and Studio Art. She now lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and travels extensively doing live painting, custom artwork, workshops, and international murals.
Redemption Art Artwork
Each piece of artwork created by Redemption Art is different because each person, relationship, and community is different. Redemption Art aims to translate onto canvas each unique story. There are some common threads throughout the artwork. First, in each piece, light is somehow portrayed. The artwork is most often created from a black or dark-colored canvas. This is a symbolic and subtractive method, meaning light is brought from the darkness.
Second, most often there is writing incorporated into the artwork. The writing is often motivated by Scripture.