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Painting for Haiti relief
Kaitlyn Wenger, a senior at Central Christian High School in Kidron, Ohio, is using her artistic talent to raise money for MCC’s relief and development efforts in Haiti following the January earthquake.
Wenger’s project started off as an assignment in her Kingdom Living class at Central to depict service. Following her love for art, she chose painting as her way to visualize acts of service.
“I was reading several verses about service before I got started,” said Wenger, “and the particular one that inspired me was Matthew 20:26-28: ‘Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”
According to Wenger, the four pictures that make up the painting are symbolic of the different components of service. “The top left corner demonstrates how we are to be like Jesus when he humbled himself and washed the disciple’s feet,” she explained. The girl praying shows the power of prayer, whether we can do traditional physical service or not, and the two hands reaching towards each other show the everyday interactions of service as we offer a helping hand to those we encounter.
“The dove in the bottom left is a symbol of the Holy Spirit who moves in us and motivates us to serve,” said Wenger. “The intricate cross that is in the center of the four pictures is a symbol of the Son of Man who is the ultimate servant. By serving, we are glorifying God and making Him become the focus of our life.”
Canvas prints are available for a $50 donation which will benefit MCC’s Haiti earthquake response. Contact Joe Wenger at email@example.com. The paintings are also available by donation at MCC Connections in Kidron, Ohio (4080 Kidron Road).
For more information about what MCC is doing in Haiti, visit mcc.org/haitiearthquake.