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Children using creativity to tell their own stories.


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At the start of National Storytelling Week, meet the children using their creativity to tell their own stories. 

Hector, the artist

Child artist

 

"My name is Hector. I have been through a sad past.

What I most like to do is paintings because I have seen these great painters of history and I want to be like them. I want to be an artist.

In my thoughts, there are sometimes landscapes, or fantasies, or much more. Sometimes when I am happy, I use many colours, happy and beautiful colours, but when I am sad, I draw things like the nightmares.

I believe that this gift has been given from God. I think that it will serve me so that I can change the world and support many others."

 

Bijolee Badio the singer

Haitian girl singing

 

"My name is Bijolee Badio and I am 12 years old.

Haiti may look poor but it is my country of which I am very proud.

I don’t know why I like to sing so much, but I can tell this is a gift I have received from God. Singing brings a lot of joy in my heart. 

I think when I sing people are captivated or emotionally moved.  They are shown more of Christ. My favorite scripture is in the book of Psalms 23:1: 'The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.'"

 

Migalle, the writer

Young author in Kenya

 

"The Compassion project offers me the opportunity to speak my voice and be heard. They have given me the opportunity to write.

In my community, I see young girls being cheated. They have no economic empowerment. This compelled me to write a book, so that I can influence young readers to think differently of what society expects of them."

Odupoi, the newscaster

Masaai boy

 

"I am Odupoi Pose and I am 13 years old, I go to Nigily Primary School and I am a Compassion child. I come from Nigily in Kenya. The nearest shop to buy medicine is 11 kilometres away. 

When I grow up I wish to be a newscaster to all people to hear news from all over the world. I have heard a newcast before and I have been practising:

'Good evening Compassion sponsors.  I am a newscaster from the Maasai community.  Behind me is the Maasai community and in front of me is the cow sheds.  In the morning I wake up and milk my goats and I go open my cattle to go and graze.'

I wish to be like Mother Teresa. I have a heart of saving the poor, bringing them out of poverty."



WORDS : Becca Stanley

PHOTOS : Compassion International


 

Article Comments

Hector the artists testimony.

Dear Hector, I want to congratulate you on your ambition to use your artistic gifts to tell people about Jesus. I am an artist and story teller/preacher, ministering to both adults and children. I have always loved drawing and painting and dearly wanted to go to art college when I left school. However, because I didn't work hard enough on acedemic subjects I only passed one subject (art) in GCE's. I couldn't therefore go to art college so I made a very rash decision and joined the army instead. I had to serve 11 years and hated every minute! I decided in 1967 when demobbed from the army to persue my dream and find work as an artist. Amazingly the Ministry of Defence asked me to work for them. However, in 1975 I gave my life to Jesus and the Lord called me to preach. I immediately saw the need for ways to reach children and again the Lord helped me by giving me fun stories which I illustrated and photocopied in colour onto overhead projection transparencies. I have 42 of these stories now and go into schools to do assemblies. In 2000 Kevin Mayhew published 12 of my stories into children's books and a publisher in the Czech Republic published a further two. So, I wanted to encourage you to keep up the good work. Remember, You can do 'all things' through Christ Jesus who will strengthen you and help you. I am 76 now and still writing, illustrating and speaking for our wonderful Saviour. I have a website which is : wwwjohnstewartstories.com. God bless.
17 February 2016 |  Author : John Stewart
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Hector the artists testimony.

Dear Hector, I want to congratulate you on your ambition to use your artistic gifts to tell people about Jesus. I am an artist and story teller/preacher, ministering to both adults and children. I have always loved drawing and painting and dearly wanted to go to art college when I left school. However, because I didn't work hard enough on acedemic subjects I only passed one subject (art) in GCE's. I couldn't therefore go to art college so I made a very rash decision and joined the army instead. I had to serve 11 years and hated every minute! I decided in 1967 when demobbed from the army to persue my dream and find work as an artist. Amazingly the Ministry of Defence asked me to work for them. However, in 1975 I gave my life to Jesus and the Lord called me to preach. I immediately saw the need for ways to reach children and again the Lord helped me by giving me fun stories which I illustrated and photocopied in colour onto overhead projection transparencies. I have 42 of these stories now and go into schools to do assemblies. In 2000 Kevin Mayhew published 12 of my stories into children's books and a publisher in the Czech Republic published a further two. So, I wanted to encourage you to keep up the good work. Remember, You can do 'all things' through Christ Jesus who will strengthen you and help you. I am 76 now and still writing, illustrating and speaking for our wonderful Saviour. I have a website which is : wwwjohnstewartstories.com. God bless.
17 February 2016 |  Author : John Stewart
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