This summer I have an opportunity to be part of a team from my church (Fountain Square Presbyterian) that will be going to Cluj, Romania. It’s a chance to see other expressions of the church in a different cultural context. It’s about fostering relationships and joining in the work already going on.

 

In a lot of ways, its an extension of the work that I’ve been doing, going back to my days with Outreach Inc, Cities of Refuge Inc, up to now with The Learning Tree: using art to impact community and working with marginalized youth. The group in Cluj are connected to an art studio and do work with local artists, so I look forward to possible collaborations. I plan on sharing how I use art to do community organizing. They also have an arts ministry that works with Roma children, which is close to my heart.

 

I am proud to be joined in this endeavor by my youngest son, Malcolm. He has such a big and tender heart. This will be a great experience for him. (This pic is from a couple years ago, but I love it. He’s much bigger now and his hair much longer.)

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You can support me in a couple of ways:

1. I have launched a campaign to raise the support necessary to go. I will need about $5,000 to cover the cost of the trip for me and Malcolm. If you’d like to give toward it (tax deductible), the Harrision Center for the Arts is acting as my fiscal agent. You can donate online through their website or call in (317-396-3886) with a credit card. You can even drop a check in the mail (1505 North Delaware, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202). Just make sure you include a note that your donation is for this project.

 

2. You could pray for us. I’m not going to lie: I’m a horrible traveler (especially by plane). But you could also pray that people’s hearts would be receptive (mine included for what I may learn and be challenged by).

 

I thank you in advance for your support and look forward to reporting back.