The Best Yet … REALLY
In October, we returned to the Casa Bernabé orphanage in Guatemala to heal through creative arts. This was our third collaboration with Casa Bernabé, and our I AM ART team led 9 workshops for 100 Guatemalan children during the weeklong camp. We picked up where we left off last year and guided children into a deeper understanding of themselves in God’s greater story of redemption.
Check out this amazing photo montage from our storyteller, Emily Coffee with Sweet Justice Photography!
I led a filmmaking workshop (a first for I AM ART) and guided the kids through producing a short engaging story. We wrote a script together about a group of teenagers who were running from their fears. In the end, the teens had to trust in the sacrifice of a stranger to be saved. The kids took on roles of acting, camera, sound, and even editing. In five days, we produced a short film and showcased it to everyone at our Art Show on Saturday. The kids were so proud of their accomplishments! It was such a blessing to help lead these kids in a new creative endeavor that taught them a deeper lesson. I was reminded again of the power of creative arts in telling a story that leads to healing. It really is overwhelming. Every year, I leave camp thinking we’ve reached the top of the experience, that there is no way future camps could top what we’ve done before. And, each time I am wholly surprised with the result. It just keeps getting better and better!
My heart is so invested in this community of people. As I have spent more and more time in Guatemala, I am certain that I am in the right place to use my talents to heal others and experience healing myself. Athentikos is at a crucial point in its organizational life. We have been presented with multiple opportunities to make a great impact here in Guatemala, the United States, and other countries, but we need your help. I have decided to stay in Guatemala during the interim period between our two fall camps this year to visit other potential organizations that have requested we bring this program to them. I am so excited about the potential of our work here. However, in order to continue, we need your help. If you feel that the stories that you read here are important and the impact we are making is the type of work that you could see yourself participating in, please sign up for a volunteer opportunity, donate your money, or come to Guatemala and experience this great journey of healing with us!
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