art therapy

These peices depict jeepneys, ice cream carts, and carriages, all symbols of Filipino culture.

This past week, Leah and I had the opportunity to visit the home of a local art teacher who leads art therapy sessions at the shelter where our clients are housed during their recovery process.

I went there to select artwork that will be featured on the cover of our office Christmas card, but I left there with much more than that. As I talked with the art teacher, whose name is Bambi, she helped me understand the importance of providing a creative outlet for our clients. During her sessions, she allows clients to experiment with different kinds of materials and styles. She commented that many of our clients have never had the opportunity to “create” anything of their own.

Bambi remarked that: “[art] just does something for their soul.” For so many of our clients, rescue is only the beginning of a very long process to experiencing total freedom, and art therapy seems to be an outlet that unlocks a part of someone that nothing else will.

In 2010, Bambi is planning an exhibit that will feature client artwork.

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9 thoughts on “art therapy

  1. We are thrilled to know that God is allowing you to use so many of your God-given talents for His glory! The pieces are beautiful. I am sure the task to choose one was difficult. Again, thanks for this interesting view of your journey!
    Love always,
    momma and daddy

  2. Who would have thought your art would come in handy there..Will miss you tomorrow at memaw,but keep up the good work..hope to hear from you soonand love you with all my heart..everyday should be a day of thanksgiven….hug..hug..

  3. Hope love you so much. Will miss you at memaws tomorrow. What you are doing right now, with your life is great. Let your work there consume you. Stay close to your God, and he will be close to you. Stay in Love with your work, enjoy what you can see and touch at that monment. Be prayin for you and Leah. Your mom is pumped and ready to be there, Your Loving DAD!!! p.s.never been so proud.

  4. hey hope! great to read all of your updates! so good to read of so many prayers answered for you as you have gotten settled in! we continue to pray for you! love ya!

  5. GOT MY CARD TODAY..IT IS GREAT..HAD A GOOD THANKSGIVEN AT ME MAWS,BUT MISSED YOU..PLEASE LET ALL THIS WORK BE A BLESSING OF THANKSGIVEN FOR YOU..I LOVE ALL THE BRIGHT COLORS MAKES ME THINK OF SPRING ..LOVE YA..

  6. Hey there Miss Hope,
    Just wanted to wish you a most amazing 25th birthday in Manila!
    You are such an special blessing and we are so very thankful for you! Have a great day!
    Love Ya, Darrell and Jan

  7. Hey Hope, it’s been such a blessing following your journey. Am curious, is there an opportunity to market those cards here in the US? Welcome your thoughts, just seems like a cool opportunity to support missions and to educate people as well about slavery and IJM.

  8. I just figured out how to read from your blog. I see that you can use your art all the way around the world. I think of you every day lately. I just created a mosaic mural in my classroom with artwork from students over the years. The ceramic tile that you designed with you name on it is in a prominate place and I see it all the time and think of you and Erin. I pray for your safety, health, happiness, and success in the work you do.
    Love to you,
    Emily White

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