LAC Missionary April Amiot, alongside her husband, Josh, served stateside in youth ministry for nearly eight years before beginning their missionary endeavor in Mexico City. They are currently serving their second term in Costa Rica where they have launched a University Ministry.
I used to feel like taking time for artistic pursuits was a frivolous luxury that took time away from doing "real ministry" and taking care of real life. So for years, my art was put on the back burner.
Then one day I reconnected with art again and it was like something inside of me came alive again after being forgotten and dormant for so many years. The more I expressed my creativity, the more alive and wholly me I felt.
My perspective changed. I began to understand that artistic work was an integral part of who God made me to be. I found peace and joy in it. I felt like God was smiling on me when I expressed my creativity. Maybe He feels joy in seeing me be who He created me to be.
And once I reawakened to art, I found so many ways to share it with others in loving gifts, in teaching, and in making my little corner of the world a prettier place. With art in my life, I feel healthy and whole, fulfilled and holy. And I think that brings joy to our Creator God, the most amazing Artist ever.