He Will Lift Us Up
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail.
Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. - James 4:7-10
So much is happening as the Lord prepares a new season for the ministry. God put in our hearts that our ministry year is August - July and not January - December. Our biggest changes in ministry and growth in our walk with Christ has been happening in July at Karitos, and now also at FHL Week each year. We know this God's design for the ministry, so we are faithful embracing it and using each time of the year as He has prepared it for us. So, since July is the time for revelation and refreshment, August becomes the time for growth and reflection. This then makes September the time for walking in the faith that God has prepared in us. With FHL Week's "Year of Faith" already echoing in our ears, we must keep remembering that He is faithful to remove the opposition and He WILL make our paths straight when we lean on Him. He will make a way when it seems there is no way.
As many of you might know, we have been in the process of searching for a venue for our upcoming production "A Christmas Testimony". God mightily answered a prayer back in July when Faith, Hope & Love offered their partnership and accepted it as their Christmas Project. Then in July, we began connecting with a number of God-centered churches that prayed about hosting performances and/or other partnerships with our ministry. God has answered our prayer and we are VERY close to revealing our line-up of host churches...that's right..."churches", plural. He DOES give you abundantly, exceedingly above what you could ask or imagine....it's our theme at the moment. We are humbled daily at how God has taken our simple desire to share our gifts and passions for artists to what we now see as 1heart Arts Ministries. God keeps equipping us with contacts, resources, wisdom, leadership, helping hands and more each and every day! It overwhelms us, it brings us to our knees...it causes the question to rise in our minds "why Lord? why me?" when He opens those big doors...but then God answers right away with Romans 8:30 - "And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." So...we will just keep doing what we are doing and we pray that our ministry glorifies Jesus Christ as we continue to "Connect, Equip & Encourage Artists".
Praises & Prayer Requests
Drama Ministry - As we started above, God is doing BIG things with year's production and our partnership through Faith, Hope & Love. We can't stop praising the Lord for all the amazing people and ministries He has led us to meet. We also are so very excited to announce some of our leadership for this year's production:
Zachary Francis - Co-Producer & Assistant Director
Susannah Francis - Co-Producer & Director
Jim Harris - Music Director
Shontay Dickerson - Dance Director
Janet Jones - Stage Manager
There are few key crew positions that we are in need of, such as costuming, audio tech and set construction. You can see details on our Crew Positions page. We also have announced Auditions as Sept 16th & 17th for dancers, musicians and cast members. Please check out the appropriate links if you are interested in being a part - Meanwhile, please be praying for us as we begin applying for grants, preparing for auditions and gathering our leadership.
Playwriting Ministry - The Morgan County Christian Writers Group has been just awesome for us. I say "us" because I, Susannah, have been attending as well. It's starting to rekindle my passion for writing poetry and songs. Please pray that I listen to this leading and work on something to share with the group next month. Praise God for leading us to this wonderful group of writers. Additionally, we need to praise God for additional interviews that are taking place next week as part of the "Chords" Film Project. We've got a bit more leading from the Lord as to the title and storyline, so please just keep praying that this brings healing and restoration to all that it touches.
Artist Bible Study - CONTINUED PRAYER - This group has been struggling a bit to meet throughout the summer, as so many of us have very busy schedules. However, we are planning to stay solid throughout the fall & winter, so it's an excellent time to join us! If you know of artists that would like to grow in their walk & craft, please share our www.1heartarts.org website or point them to www.meetup.com under the name "Christian Artists".
1heart Worship & Praise Ministry - Praise God that new opportunities keep appearing for our praise band to worship and minister to the community. We've got a few "gigs" coming up in September at the "Route 6t7 Community Fun Fest" at Living Hope Christian Church and then a church picnic for Eastview Christian Church in Martinsville. We also are preparing to do our first professional recording of our praise band before the Christmas production and hope to have more details on that soon! Please just be praying with us as we step into these new arenas.
1heart Arts Leadership Committee - CONTINUED PRAYER - Praise God for an amazing leadership team with our ministry. We have invited a few new people to join that we feel would be an asset and they are currently praying. Our next quarterly meeting will be in October and most definitely the Christmas production will be heavy on the agenda.
Kingdom Design Administrative Ministry - CONTINUED PRAYER - I'm going to stop praying for a partner to assist me, as I think maybe that was the wrong thing to be asking. Instead, I ask that you pray for God to lead me to the resources that will allow this ministry to multiply. God put a major passion in my heart to create an understanding as to the necessity of administration and I do my "preaching" through submission to the ministries where God has led me to work.
Practical and Financial Needs - God just keeps supplying as we have a need, so we know with all the upcoming projects, He will supply abundantly. For the first time, we are stepping out in faith by sending letters to prayers partners of the ministry, family & friends. This is a scary step for us, as we don't want to offend, but we are being obedient to God's leading and know He has something prepared for us. We are also starting to speak to other ministries and local businesses to request partnership and in-kind donations for our Christmas Production. Faith, Hope & Love, a 501(c)3 organization, is accepting these donations for the Christmas production on our behalf and has even set up an easy online donation option. All these funds will be given to 1heart Arts Ministries for the Christmas Production and any money remaining at the end of the project will be deposited into our personal ministry account under our church's line item for our ministry. If you are interested in donating, please visit our Support Page.
Karitos Worship & Arts Conference - CONTINUED - Wow, Wow & WOW! If you haven't been able to read our list of blessings from Karitos conference in July, please don't delay. You will be so moved by how much the Lord did in the those few short days. We are now starting to recruit and prepare for taking a group next year. The Lord put our hearts to start praying for a charter bus to take us all up in 2012! At first, I thought this was a lofty goal, but seeing how God is moving here in Indy with the ministry, I'm starting to think a caravan of FIVE buses might be more something to pray on. Also, I would love to sponsor as a ministry a few people from Indy to take with us. These would be teens and/or adults that would benefit from attending, but cannot afford it themselves. Since I first experienced Karitos, the Lord put on my heart that Indy needed this...and I don't believe that was anything but the truth. The Lord is preparing the way and our next Indy promo event is going to be powerful...I can just feel it coming!!
If you are interested in being a part of this wave, please contact me at Susannah@1heartarts.org and we can talk more!
We covet your prayers!!!