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Dean's Corner January 2016

Dear Artists and Athletes,

Happy New Year for 2016.  I believe God is going to raise up another generation of artists and athletes with passion and a desire to serve the Lord with their skills, in the nations.  There has been a lot of ploughing, training, disciplining and now is the time to be released into the nations to glorify God. 

I was recently sent information about the Rio Olympic Games and their desire to impact Brazil and the nations using artists and athletes and this confirmed what I was sensing.  Let me encourage you to read the letter below and get in touch with the team there to see how you can serve this amazing vision.  I’ve worked on the last 4 Olympics and understand the challenges and the victories that come from working together with a common goal to reach people for the Lord.  Please pray about being involved and take  the necessary steps. 


Julie Spence

Jesus 4 All - 2016

Greetings from Brazil,

Dear Friends,

It is a pleasure to send to you some updates about our movement, Jesus 4 All! I really believe that God will do great things here in Brazil in the next year and you can be part of  it in a number of ways. 

Partnership: Jesus 4 All has many partners in our country. YWAM Brazil through Jesus 4 All is partner of  More than Gold, Samaritan’s Feet, Athletes in Action, Brazilian Coalition of Sports, Athletes of Christ, Open Arms (Movimento Braços Abertos), Biblical Society of Brazil and other churches. I believe that many new things will happen in Brazil through this movement. 

Great opportunity: I am working in partnership with the Committee organizing the Games here. Through them we have the opportunity to put  our volunteers in many areas of influence inside of the games.  Some of them will help in the prize ceremony, others will be spiritual advisers to the athletes. They need many groups or teams to do different performances like: drama, hip hop, music, circus, free hugs, capoeira, BMX and Skate shows plus soccer players who can perform with a ball. We need many teams of YWAMs and others to help us. Register your team now to perform in official Olympic places. If you have this kind of ministry join us and show to the nations your gifts.

Prayer: The foundations of our movement are prayer, unity and revival, because of this we will start 100 days of 24/7 prayer in all countries, 100 days before the Games start. The Olympic torch will go across Brazil in this time so we will pray for Rio de Janeiro and for the Nations. We believe in a new wave of missions through this. Join us in the prayer movement. 

Paralympic Games: We have a partnership with people to make some short movies of testimonies of Paralympic Athletes. They will share how they are winners by the way they use their disabilities to touch others. Our desire is to show everyone their needs and so we invite you to come and join us in the Paralympic Games too. 

Training: We have many churches as partners, so your team can bless them too when you come here. Can serve and train them in areas that God has empowering you and your team? Many churches want to receive teams and work with them, Teams can encourage churches to do more for the Kingdom of the Lord. You can do it.

Since early 2015 we have been working with churches, training them in evangelism, on the streets, to see people saved with signs and wonders happening. It was awesome.

2016: We start the year with a DTS and training in the churches. Our bases in Brazil are  sending their school outreach to Rio before, during and after the Games. You can do it too. We welcome you to join us in this challenge.

We wish a Happy New Year and for you to experience the presence of the Lord!

You can register your team on our web site: www.jesus4all.org

In Him,

Gillyard Ferraz.

National Mobilization - Jesus 4 All
YWAM Brazil
+5541 96329012

An Artist's Impression

When I was writing my Masters Dissertation I focused it on how the visual Arts in today's world can be used to communicate the gospel to a visually orientated generation.  One aspect of the study was looking at the Orthodox Churches approach to Iconography.  I am not Orthodox (either with a big O or a small one!) but I am always open to learning new dimensions to God’s character from streams different than my own.  I found one definition of iconography that described it as 'Windows of perception upon the Divine' (McGrath 1999:17).  I just love this definition as it describes the use of an artistic portal that enables the onlooker to gain deeper revelation as to who God is.  I believe kingdom redeemed art to have exactly this potential in today's world.

I won't go into too much more detail as perhaps all of the non-artists among you are probably switching off! My premise in helping artists think about themselves as missionaries is that although art has different dimensions to it, the core of it is about communication. Artists are communicators and they use the medium of art to convey whatever thoughts or messages they are wanting to bring across to the world.

Missionaries are also communicators. But the differences between how these two types of people operate and function are considerable. Missionaries tend to stick to traditional forms of communication hoping that the message is powerful enough on its own. Artists are a little more complex and dare I say it, left field, in how they convey a potential truth. They use shock tactics, abstract ideas, questions, protest, metaphor, story and philosophy mixed with colour and form to invite people into their world. Sounds like a description of Jesus to me...

Could we possibly learn from this approach? 

The Lord has been leading me in this season to go deeper in storytelling and narrative; both orally as well as visually.  Unusually, He has also been leading me to look at the Impressionist movement in the 19th century. An artistic period that includes well known artists such as Monet, Cézanne and van Gogh. When these artists and many more like them started to explore new ways to paint and create work, it was a shock to the arts world, and more so to the public. Their new methodology, although beautiful to us today, broke all of the conventional rules of the day. It was viewed as lazy, unfinished, anarchic and revolutionary. A book that I am reading at the moment quotes some of the responses from critics of the day. They were accused of:

'Sending the public mad, frightening the enemy in battle and causing women to miscarry'!

Wow.  Just from painting pictures a little differently?

In reality, these artist communicators were looking at the world around them through a different lens.  They were asking questions about the status quo that no one else was asking at that time.  It is no surprise that the bourgeoisie of the day did not appreciate being challenged with regards to their morality or particular view of main stream Western society.  Hard to believe today but it took 20 years of consistency before the public began to notice them, much longer for these ideas to take root in society, and then begin to transform it.  You might not be an artist but I implore you to consider this for a moment - these artists were communicating philosophical ideals and challenging what they viewed as wrong and unjust in the world around them.  It took a life time, and more, for all of them but they did it and radically changed the future of western society.  The knock on effects of this touched upon new truth forms, relationships, politics, social structure, religion, architecture......the list is endless.  

The visual arts within our society are more powerful and pervading than they ever have been as a form of communication. How are we releasing artists within YWAM in Western Europe to do the same? How are we encouraging our artists to explore the message that might be within them? 

As I said in the beginning, these are principals of communication and all of us are called to communicate truth, to live it, to describe it in multiple dimensions. How do you communicate truth, or live it, or describe it to the world around you? How does your YWAM community? Have you slipped into tired traditional forms of communication? 

We live in a world that is like a truth sponge that is open to almost anything, soaking up everything that is thrown at them. The potential for abuse in this horrifies me to be honest. Let us join in with this dialogue and help people sift through all the confusing messages that are floating around. But more than that, let us think about how bold we are in challenging the status quo and the creative ways that we might speak into it.

You are a 


Jesus was the master at this. He planted seeds of truth in people’s hearts that took root and unfolded over time and gradually changed society; fuelling a movement that is with us today. The artists I mentioned took 20 years just to get started and only saw real fruit towards the ends of their lives. We also need to be realistic about the journey ahead and to find courage to launch into it with Godly passion and creative commitment.  

Remember, you are a communicator, so take this revelation seriously and do something about it.

Lots of love

Carl - YWAM Western European Leader