The Adventure Continues – October Update

 

Hello from Redding, Santa Cruz, CA, Portland,OR, Camas, WA, Jackson Hole, WY. WOW, do you think I could pack more into one month. I am grateful for for spontaneity. My life this past month has been full of Adventure and good times. I have experienced so much in these few days. I have enjoyed some great times and some long and tiring days yet it all has been all been worth it. My featured picture is a chapel at the base of the Grand Teton Mountain Range. It is the Chapel of transfiguration an Episcopal chapel. It seemed fitting to be at a place like this. A place that represented my roots but also the transformation that the Lord has done in my life.

God has truly blessed me this month. It started off with a trip to Santa Cruz/Monterey CA for a weekend Create Conference. The trips we go on this year are to help people discover how they can create with God and use creativity to touch others and to bring transformation to their cities. It was our first opportunity to serve as a team together. There are about 12 of us who work with Mama T(T short for Theresa). We each have a unique form of creativity that we specialize in. We also had the opportunity to learn how we each ministered together. We were able to help this community to learn to create together and bring transformation.

After returning life in Redding life went into full swing. I was able to paint in First and Second year and received my Third year student badge. I had a chance to hike up to whiskeytown falls. It was during this hike that the Lord impressed in my heart that my year would be a lot like the hike I took. There would be times I would be pressing hard to get to the next place and that when i needed to I would need to stop and take a rest. It is very important that we rest during seasons of bus-i-ness. We must find the balance between the two. I would say the became very event to me after the end of the month. I am a bit behind in getting this update out because of the busy schedule. Things are now settling down a little and we are beginning to find our rhythm. On the anniversary of Paul’s death I had the opportunity to pray and take the day away at a local Vineyard. It was a beautiful place. The winemaker there is a friend of one of my good friends and they had asked me to come there. My friend Laura is the one who ended up with my Sunflower painting. I did not get any bids when i placed it online. Laura had love the painting from the first day I painted it. The Lord impressed on me to give it to her and tell her to pay what the Holy Spirit would have her to pay. The day I went to the vineyard was the day she paid me for the painting it was above what I expected to get. The Lord continues to bless me in special ways on the anniversary of Paul’s death. It has been 6 years since he died. It is hard to believe that it has been that long. With the end of this year it marks a new place for me. God marked it in another unique way. I started a 40 day challenge to create something everyday for 40 days. The first day was the anniversary of his death. I open my book and it said draw a Phoenix. The Phoenix represents coming out of the ashes and rising up in power and authority. So when it was my turn to paint on stage again on Friday that is what I painted. I have been working with some new kinds of paints and I have really found some I truly like. I love the vibrancy of these paints and their fluidity. They have taken my paintings to new levels.

 

I did more exploring when i took a quick trip to Oregon and Washington to see some tiny homes and reconnect with some good friends from Texas. I had a great weekend with the Lehman Family. We played games, made waffles, had a church conference and we learned how to do art with God. I also had a chance to see a few tiny homes while there. It was refreshing. I found it interesting how the Lehman’s were able to bless me with the house they were living in which was a great home for such a big family. Especially because, how I was there to look at ways that helps people live more simply. That is the way I live right now, simply. I don’t have a lot yet what I do have is important to me. It was a good way to see how we can live both ways big and small. When we live big it allows us to reach out to others and be a blessing to them. When we live small it allows us to not have a lot tying us into bigger responsibilities. Someday soon I would like to have a place to call home again. I just don’t know where I will land on this topic. I guess for now it will remain a mystery.

God is full of mystery and majesty. I was able to experience both on my most recent trip to Wyoming. I must say that I have lived all over the world and I have seen mountains in many places. But few can compare to the Grand Tetons. We left Redding before the dawn and came into Jackson Hole under the cover of night. I was actually happy about that as it would allow for all of us to experience the Glory of God in it’s fullness. I do not usually cry over mountains but when we came around the turn and saw these mountains for the first time I wept. They were so beautiful. I was truly bless to see this beauty before me. There is something about being in the mountains that brings great peace to my heart. We were blessed by this place in many ways. Our hostess was very wonderful and blessed us not only with her home and family, but also with her wonderful cooking skills. When you have had meatballs made by a true Italian with elk meat there is no going back. We were able to return the favor at the church here. They were really blessed in the conference we held there. They saw great fruit in both their church and in the community. I was truly touched on this trip. Upon our return we went right into more ministry with the Open Heavens conference and then went into meeting with the City of Redding about the city service i am leading this year. We will be highlighting the people in the city who make a difference in this community. We will be honoring them by taking a photo shoot and then drawing a portrait and writing their story. So I have been running hard for a short while but now, it was a just like the Lord showed me on the hike a season of great effort and then a season of rest. So now I have finally have a place to take a breath. So I am able to bring everyone up to date with all that is going on.

I have many more travels ahead of me. It seems like it has been longer than a month and a half. Yet in looking at the way school had gone in the previous years those months can fly by quickly. I am seeking the Lord for what the future looks like next year. It is my hope to travel some more. I do not have a regular income. I do have a travel fund that you may donate to if you would like to partner with me in these travels.

If you wish to give to my travel fund CLICK HERE.

Some of the trips I may be going on.

Savannah, GA – Nov, Hawaii – Dec, Florida – Jan, Pennsylvania – Feb, Europe – Mar

I am not required to go on every trip. Yet if I have the funds I can go on all of them. I have until tomorrow at midnight to decide if I am traveling on a mission trip this year. I am leaning toward not going because of my position at school and with the School of Creativity which will be happening in May. It will require too much time away before this event. You have an opportunity to partner with what the Lord is doing through me on these trips. I understand in these times we are in, that it is not always easy to give. I do trust the Lord. He has not taken me this far to cause me to fail. I have begun to get some offers from places that would love for me to come with them and partner with what God is doing in their neck of the woods. I am not ready by any means to decide that right now. I know the Lord has me on a journey and His course is set. I just need to keep stepping in the direction He is taking me. I would love for you more than giving to partner with me in prayer.

Please Pray

  • For safe travels
  • For more of my paintings to sell or for other opportunities to open up with my art.
  • For me to find a good balance between work and rest.
  • For my team of people that I am leading to be encouraged and grow in the Lord.

Thank you so much for your prayer and support I could not have made this journey without you. Once again I always enjoy hearing back from you and welcome your partnership in my adventures.

Blessings,

Elizabeth Zinn

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The Adventure Continues – September 2017

Hello from Redding, CA, Big Flat,CA on the Trinity River, and Sacramento, CA. I am featuring a picture of my husband Paul Sr. who passed away 6 years ago on the 14th of September. I could have never predicted this is what my life would look like. When interviewed at times people will ask you to tell them what your life will be in 5 years. It amazes me. To look back now. The Lord promised me that no matter what happened to Paul that God would take care of me. He has and He is continuing to take care of me. This month He has shown me how He will put his angels guard over me. This was demonstrated over me in many of my experiences this past month.

The adventure does truly continue. This summer marks my second summer in CA. The heat these last few weeks has been incredible. We have had almost two months solid of heat over 100 degrees and fires surrounding us. Part of what brought me here was the prayer that said as it is in heaven so let it be here on earth. There is truly an experience of heaven here yet, there are times it feels closer to that other place. Our prayers have been with those in Houston who have an abundance of water we are in great need of what they have. Maybe we could work out an even trade and things could be brought into balance. Well for now I am praying for the manifestation of Heaven here on Earth. I don’t know about you but my idea of heavenly weather is something in the mid 70’s with a mild breeze. For now we just find ways to cool off in the heat.

Adventure was born into my heart as a young girl. I started with jumping off the jump towers during the airshow on a zipline in a dress. I had to do it in style. This month I had another daring adventure on the Trinity river. The picture above is just one snapshot of our experience. We went for two reasons… one was to beat the heat I referred to earlier the other was to have FUN! As I mentioned earlier I love adventure and what I find fun is not always everyone else’s idea of fun. Although if you look over the pictures you can see that God demonstrated to me how He could allow me to do something I love, and yet He kept me safe and in the boat. It is a miracle that I was able to stay in the boat. God’s care is the best care. He has been demonstrating to me more and more how He can a will care for me. This can be exampled by tonight as I had been praying about how it would be nice to house sit for someone and my Mentor asked me to come to her beautiful house and watch her dog and her house for a night. I am truly blessed!

School is underway! My Tuition is Paid in full! Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous giver the last amount I owes was paid before the deadline. Our first day of class was last Tuesday. This next week is when things really get rolling. Monday may be a holiday yet the rest of the week makes up for it. Tuesday is loaded full with classes in the morning, painting in the 1st year classes, followed by a third year meeting, then off to Sacramento to prepare for a Hearing on Wednesday Morning. Then hearing on Wednesday with the DAV/VA for a settlement over Paul Sr. death and benefits and back to Redding to hang pictures in City Hall. Thursday will be painting in 2nd year classes, Friday will be off to Santa Cruz, CA for a Ministry Trip returning on Sunday. This is just a small picture of a week in my life this year. There are have also been opportunities to experience art in new realms. Recently I was able to experience Virtual Art. I was able to experience 3d interactive art. Art where I was able to walk around what I was creating. It was amazing. I was able to draw a burning bush and walk around it as I created it. Now I know what I want to ask God for to get me this Christmas. Whether it is virtual art or the real deal. I am surrounded by the goodness of God in every way.

Being immersed in God surrounds you with His love and protection. That is what He has been showing me in every way. That is why I painted this most recent painting. It was to represent just that. It is amongst one of my favorite pictures so far. God has been challenging me to step out of the style of painting I would normally paint and challenging me to think outside the box. That was part of why I sooo enjoyed the virtual art. I think mostly to the freedom it gave me to allow my imagination to go outside of the way I would normally do something. To be surrounded by God “Immersed” by Him and yet be free to be all He has made me to be… all while I am in His watchful protection. So that was some of the inspiration for this painting.

Date: 8-25-17

Where: Bethel Church

Name: Elizabeth Zinn

Title: “Immersed”

Meaning: Psalm 46

It is about God being our refuge… God covering us even when it seems like all is challenging around us… being immersed in Him. His living water (the word of God) washing over us and being still and Knowing He is God. Knowing He is close and is protecting us.

I do have some prayer points for you as you partner with me.

  • The hearing with the DAV/VA on a settlement giving service connection to Paul Sr.’s cancer. If awarded I will receive possibly survivor benefits and back pay to the date the settlement was applied for. So please agree with me for a favorable settlement. The hearing happens on Wednesday at 9AM PST. Then the case will be heard in Washington at a later date. Please also pray for this appeal to be heard soon. As it has been in appeals for 8 years.
  • Please pray for the fires in CA. Please pray for the fire crews and for the fires to be contained.
  • A relief from the heat. We would welcome a break from the 100+ temps. Many of us are welcoming the fall weather. The Rain would help with the fires too. We need a soaking rain though.
  • Safe travels I have at least two trips this month and possibly another next month.
  • Agreement that God will continue to cover me and care for me in this Great Adventure.

I am painting this week about three times and I have been working on some others trying some new techniques. If you’re interested in purchasing any paintings (I will be adding to them) Click Here or wish to make a donation to my school Travel account (which is tax deductible and helps to cover the costs of my trips) you can Click Here.

Thank you again for the way each of you have supported me on this journey through prayers and so much more.. I do enjoy hearing from you as well. Please do let me know how you are doing.

So may the Lord cover you and immerse you in His love and blessings over your life.

Please know I am well and traveling

Love and Blessings to ALL!

Elizabeth Zinn

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES – SUMMER 2017

Hello from Redding, CA, Charlotte, NC, Cedar Hill, TX, Richland, WA, Arcata, CA, Trinidad, CA. The road less travelled does not apply to me. Actually I have travelled many roads. I have loved the wonderful opportunities I have had to travel this summer.  I have had amazing opportunities to reconnect with many close friends and family. Please know it is my desire to see as many of you as possible when I come into town. Yet it is difficult as I am there for only a small amount of time. I value the time I get to be with each of you. I have often wished I could be many more people than just one.  But alas God did not make me to be that way.  Please keep up with my newsletter and Facebook if you have one so you will know when I am in your area.  

I started in June in the beautiful state of NC. This trip’s purpose was to see my parents who I had not seen for two years.  I have opted in this newsletter to place picture collages because otherwise it  would make this newsletter to busy. As you can see I was quite busy. God has a funny way of dealing with us and for me it was a movie I was watching on the plane to NC. Yes i know some of you are not fans,  but “Moana” really spoke to me. After spending the last two years allowing God to rework my heart, it was profound how as I was landing where I used to call home and yet it was not truly home to me any more. I still see it as a place of home for me reserved in my heart. The place I call home is now beyond NC.  I had the most amazing visit with my parents and was able to build a birdhouse for my mom. I was also able to get copies of some family drawings from a family member in Germany back pre WWI. It is a blessing to have that in my heritage. I would have to say it was one of the best visits I ever had with them. I miss being near especially in this season. Yet I know more than ever I am in the place I am meant to be.  It was great reconnecting with those I was able to see. Please know it is truly my heart to connect with everyone while I was there. If you see I am near and you wish to connect then please let me know and I will see what I can do to reach out to you. So then I travelled on word.

So off to Texas I flew. I don’t know what your experience is. Yet I know mine.  It is hard to deal with furniture and things that you have collected over a lifetime. Besides it was a balmy 98 with high humidity. We persevered and we were able to greatly reduce the mountain of things. I have learn in this season of my life I value living my life much more simply and investing in the relationships more than the things I possess. I am grateful to all who I was able to spend time with during my visit. I also spent a good deal of my time sorting through paperwork and photos.  I am an expert at scanning papers and managed to get through with a paper cut.  We celebrated Alicia’s birthday by Escaping a room. This was one of the best one’s I have been to.  It was truly challenging. Paul gets honorable mention for solving a puzzle without any idea what he was solving before we needed it. The whole group truly worked well together and all did their part to get us out on time for the win!! One another true highlight was being able to see my Methodist Church family and to Guest Judge their Blueberry fest. Thank you for the Love and Hugs both inside and out.

After about three days in California I was off to Richland WA with my friend Dena. We had an extraordinary road trip filled with excitement (seeing the waterfall) and culinary experiences (we dared to try a Vegan place in Eugene, OR it was our first time trying it and may well be our last.) We did experience some of the best coffee and crepes I have tasted in a long time. Then there was the “SPUDNUT”  a donut made from spuds. This was also a first I did enjoy it. There are times when life gives us little speed bumps and during those times God has his way of truly reminding us to keep our focus on him. Sometimes it helps for us to go back to our childhood wonder and experience Him fresh and new.  That is why the swingset. It just reminded me to look to him and take a moment to pause and reflect with Him the challenges of our life. As we give it to him we then are able to trust Him to work out the details of our lives. I realized this trip was filled with firsts for me. The last was sharing in the tradition of Dena’s family to have breakfast on the 4th of July.  This was a pleasant departure from the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs. It was much easier to eat moderately. The drive home was filled with beautiful views.

Returning back to California took me into the next few weeks running with a sneak preview of the next season and what it will look like for me.  I was able to serve at Worship U, which is a shorten version of our school but focuses more on the Singing and Arts.  I helped young  and older people discover their giftings in art and helped them understand how they could use their art to encourage others. I also had the awesome opportunity to paint there. I will share about the paintings at the end of the newsletter. Living here in the summer in Northern California is a challenge to beat the heat. In the middle of the Worship U my trusty little Hyundai gave up and could fight the heat no longer. The AC system gave out along with the alternator and a few other maintenance issues.  Helped me decide as I was already praying about a new vehicle.  So I now have a Honda CRV. With the new car and the heat Karla and I decided to take a short trip to the Coast to get a break from the heat. As some of you saw my FB live videos i had a great time and another spud first. I had an Ice cream cone made from mashed potatoes. It was amazing!  I felt like a little kid. I paid for my new car in full and it has taken a big bite out of my budget for this next year. So that is why I am diligently taking advantage of the time and doing what I love painting.  I have sold a couple of my paintings and I am building my portfolio.  I will provide a link for the prints I have available. Because of the paintings I did sell I have paid a good bit of my school bill paid. I only have a balance of $300 left to pay by Aug 28th.  I will be traveling quite a bit in this next season I have calculated my budget it is possible.

Yet I am a daughter of the King and I don’t just get by.  I am auctioning off the original of the Sunflower Painting “Emergence”  and will also have prints for purchase of that painting , the Piano “Intimacy”.  I will be scanning “The Invitation” which I still have the original available and I am willing to take bids on that one as.   So while we are on the subject of paintings here are the most current ones.  All proceeds from my paintings will fund my travels and ministry for school this year.

The painting I painted was called the” Invitation”

Date: 7/11/2017, Tuesday @ Worship U

Artist: Elizabeth Zinn; ztsone@gmail.com

Title: “The Invitation”

Meaning: Based off Exodus 20 where God “invites” Israel to have the same access to Him as Moses yet they were too afraid. I felt like God was inviting the people at Worship U to come up to the mountain of God and experience Him as Moses did.

And this one I did for the weekend before the 4th of July

Date: 6/30/2017, Friday night

Artist: Elizabeth Zinn; ztsone@gmail.com

Title: “United We Stand”

Description: This represents where both God and Unity will bring healing to our nation’s brokenness. When painting this I released a Psalm 133 which was written on the canvas before painting.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-life forever.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭133:1-3‬ ‭NASB‬‬ – I was able to sell this painting for $75 to a man from AZ who write political blogs.

Here are a couple more I have in the works.

 

 

 

 

 

I am painting this week  and I have been working on some others trying some new techniques.  So these are some examples of my new venture. If you’re interested in purchasing any of my paintings  Click Here or wish to make a donation to my school account. You can Click Here.

As for what lies ahead. Well school starts officially on the 28th of August. The first weekend after school starts we go on our first trip to Santa Cruz from Sept 7th through the 10th. We will be working a create conference and it will be our first time working together as a team. Then the last weekend of September we will be traveling to Jackson, WY.  In between the two trips we will be serving at the church and the school with all that makes things creative. We will be scheduling and managing and all of the rest. It is going to be an exciting year.

I feel like the Lord has really been wiping my slate clean and helping me to learn to connect with my childlikeness and the expectation of what God has up His sleeve.  I am also coming to a deeper understanding of the Peace of God in our lives.  The Bible speaks of how blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be the sons and daughters of God. If we are truly the sons and daughters of God then we are carriers of Peace. Wherever we go we are to carry that peace and make the peace. Because we are are related to the Peacemaker. This is another place that God is working deeper in my heart. Do you have peace in your heart. If not invite God to establish the peace in the places you are lacking it.

So may the Peace that surpasses all understanding be in your hearts and minds.

Please know I am well and traveling

Love and Blessings to ALL!

Elizabeth Zinn

 

The Adventure Continues – June 2017


Hello from Redding, CA, Sonoma, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sacramento and soon to be Charlotte and Dallas. Wow I thought I was relaxing and resting until I read about all the places I have been to this month alone. I guess you could say that even though I did not ride any real roller coasters this year, it seems that I have been riding a few in life. I am right now sitting in one of my favorite places in CA the Sunflower Cafe inimage Sonoma. I have made several trips between Redding and the Bay Area. I have had a few overnights in these areas, because my car does not have cruise control. I have found it is too much for my body to drive 8 hours with no cruise control. I have also been to Sacramento a few times in the last few months for therapy for my hand. While attending my therapy God opened the door for one of my paintings to be hung in the VA clinic in the occupational therapy office. God is so good and wastes nothing. He will even make good out of a bad situation. I had an unfinished painting from my first year of a hand with the glory of God dripping from it. IMG_7467A friend of mine who tagged along with me suggested I paint a picture of a hand for My therapist. She did not know I had painted a hand. All I had to do was finish it. What an Honor. My only prayer while finishing it was that the people who look at it would be healed as they see it.

Saying goodbye is never fun… I always like to say see you later. It does happen as you IMG_7916.JPGwill see later in this newsletter. While saying goodbye to my dear friend Heidi I got the chance to reconnect with some friends from first year. Heidi and I took a couple of days in Sonoma before she left and over Mother’s Day. It was refreshing to breathe a little after graduation and before the School of Creativity. I took Heidi and another friend Rosa from the U.K. To the airport in San Francisco and not quite a week later I am back on the journey to San Francisco to pick-up another passenger. All while my stuff is moved to imagea new home. Yes today is moving day and I have to say it is the first move I have ever had where I did not have to carry boxes to a truck and unload the truck later. I just have to drive to the airport and pick up a very sweet young lady, while the men move the stuff. I am blessed. So there has been a lot of trips back and forth. To my surprise I have accomplished much more than I expected and now I am off to Sacramento to hop on a plane to North Carolina to spend a week with my parents who I have not seen for three years. I last saw them in may 2014. Wow time flies. After a week with them and connecting with others. I will hop on a plane to Dallas to be with my kids and to see to some business concerning my stuff left from my house.

So, amongst all my crazy journeying I did finally Graduate from my second year of school here. This has been an amazing year at school I have had the chance to travel the world. I was able to travel to Bend, OR, Mexico City, Pasadena,CA, Istambul, Cape Town, and Cuba. Most of these were ministry trips where they take what we have learned and guide us as we actually do the stuff with guidance from the trip leaders. It is exciting to go to these places and see God move through you. It is a great way of learning. The difference between second and third year is they no longer provide you as much guidance you still have a Mentor but you are given the chance to be all God has called you to be. They then let you take the lead in what you are assigned to do and do the work of the ministry. I have as my opening picture is my mentor for third year. Third year is an internship. It only cost $800. I paid my deposit after being accepted and then sold a painting.

It is called “Let the Fires of Revival Burn” with the scriptures

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭NASB‬‬
http://bible.com/100/mat.5.14-16.nasb

and

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:105‬ ‭NASB‬‬
http://bible.com/100/psa.119.105.nasb

This painting represents the fires of revival being released all over the world. It is a lantern with a flame burning and as the winds of Revival blows the sparks are being carried to the world and igniting the places where the sparks touch. I feel it was a picture that showed what God was doing with our class. Also after painting that painting a person came up after the service and offer to buy it. I sold the painting for $200. This was the first painting I have sold since coming here. The $200 is paying for my school for next year.

IMG_7775As you can see there is a theme or two throughout my journeys. One is travel and the other is Creativity. So during the activities leading up to graduation we had a time where the Father’s of the house came to pray over us. When they came to me Kris Vallotton not knowing me (I was one of 700 students) he first said He was releasing creativity over me. Then he asked if I did art? Then asked if I had ever done pottery? And then said he saw me like a master potter. Wow! That totally wrecked me. He had no idea of the many steps it took to get me to my internship and this was the craziest confirmation. When you give God your Yes it means something great to HIM!

That word was such a confirmation of not only my time here at school but also my life. Shortly after graduation I was one of 200 volunteers that helped make the School of Creativity possible. The School of Creativity is a combination of workshop, experiences and a showcase of what is possible through being co creators with God. It had artist painting on stage, it had creative expressions in Dance, Drama, Video, Photography, Culinary and even Fashion. These expressions have become so good that people are commenting that they are like a Hollywood or broadway show. If this event is a sample of what I will be doing next year. It will be a BLAST!!

We never know how the road will lead us. And if we are willing and our hearts are open God can bring surprises into our path. This recently happened on one of my trips to the Bay Area. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to see a friend/co-worker/classmate of mine who had flew from Taiwan for one day to preach for an interview. Not only was I able to be blessed by his preaching I was able to encourage him in the process. I am super excited to watch and see what God can and will do through Eric and Tina.

I am on the road again and will have more great adventures to share in the coming weeks. As Always, your prayers are welcome. Hey please feel free to message me or email me. I do like to stay in touch. Thank you soo much for partnering with me on this journey.

Love and Blessings to ALL!

Elizabeth Zinn

The Adventure Continues – Spring Update 2017

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Hello from Redding, CA, Cape Town, SA and Cuba. I had high hopes to get an update out before Cuba, but that did not happen. So I am merging together the updates for both April and May. I had high hopes to get a update out yet with two weeks it was not a realistic goal. So spring is here and things are green and beautiful all around us.

 

So, last month I was preparing to leave on my trip to South Africa. This was a great trip. We departed Redding the morning of the 6th of March. Then traveled from San Francisco to Cape Town, two flights IMG_6699one layover and some planes, and automobiles and we arrived there. On the 8th of March. Somewhere along the way we lost a day. We spent the day Thursday seeing a little of the local sights and wildlife. Yes, there are penguins in South Africa. Yet in our travel we had the opportunity to minister to people on the train and yes then later we had a church service on a public imagebus. It was amazing and wonderful. It started with us singing a song to them to bless the people on the bus and by the time we were done the whole bus was singing and they were singing songs to us and thanking us for encouraging unity in their country. It was beautiful and a blessing to them and us.

Friday we had the opportunity to go to a house that had murals painted on the walls that told the story of the seven days of creation through art, color and people’s gifts. They treated us to a beautiful lunch and pampered us with blessings over our lives as they washed our feet. This was an impactful day for me also. When going on trips like these is that you go with the intent to give and it seems the more you give the more you receive. In Luke 6:38 it says give and it will come back to you good measure pressed down and flowing over. It seems the more we give the more we receive. Crazy, huh? Well that night we began our conference where we were teaching the people there how they can use creativity to minister to people.

imageWe shared the testimonies of how God had worked in us and we demonstrated also through singing and painting. We then taught them how to go out and do what we did. Many people were inspired and we even had some of the local artist join us and paint as well during the worship times. Each service we gave paintings away to random people we chose and each time the person we chose would share how the IMG_6861painting or the meaning of the painting. Would be something that they felt the Lord had told them or that someone else had told them the same thing the day before. It was a fruitful time. We had the chance to empower a community to help people in their community with art, music and dance. After a long flight home, it was back to school for the next two weeks.

14333095_10208976456141182_4210289117786083440_nSchool did not stop while we were gone and there was much to be done. After I arrived back it was time for me to present my second-year project. This was a painting that began the year with me. The first week of school I started painting the sunflower after I received the scripture from Isaiah 61:11 For as the garden causes the things sown into it to spring forth, So the Lord will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. This scripture holds deep meaning to me. I wrote that scripture on the painting before I painted it. For the sake of keeping this brief. The things the painting holds is the Love and blessings the Lord has given to me in my life and what He has yet to bring, it is about how He hides the things he treasures. When the time is right they spring forth from the garden and then they display their beauty, release imagerighteousness and praise to spring up before the nations. This painting has emerged as I have this year. It is a picture of what God has been doing over this year of my life. I have been springing forth this year and emerging out of the place I was hidden. Now I am releasing the what God has given me over the nations. Crazy, right? After the flower reveals this beauty comes from spending time in the presence of the SON and being given the right nurturing and given a great place to grow then the multiplication can come.

imageMy school planting team had the opportunity to our presentation of the vision we had for a school. So, it could look like a school. A school that promotes businesses that grows and partners with their community to bring positive transformation to their communities and beyond. This was our idea.. Who knows?? I mean we do say anything is possible with God. I am just starting to really begin to dream again. I have realized that I did not dream anymore because I felt my identity was a part of the dreams. I would dream and when the dream did not happen I was a failure. I realize that is not my Job to make dreams a reality in my life. My Job is to start somewhere and keep trying until something does happen. Disney was not an overnight success. It took him years to reach his dreams and then he dared to dream bigger, bigger and even bigger. I can’t wait to see what God has in mind next. I can only imagine!! Here is something the Lord spoke to me during one of our worship services before leaving for Cuba.

“ It all began with a mouse… there is a reason you have grown up in the day and age you have. You watched the Magic Kingdom arise, which transformed culture. Imagine like they did a world empowered and founded in the truth and power of the foundations you have been learning.Built to bless and bring positive change and solutions that are birthed through prayer and fueled by resurrection power. The power that brings life, truth and freedom to those who experience it. Imagine how people who learn to tap into the limitless resources of heaven could live. What Heaven can imagine is not limited to this world. So imagine what this world could be or look like if heaven is truly revealed here on earth.”

So my dreams are bringing in ignited again! This is a picture of a mural that I was able to be a part of yesterday… since it fits with dreaming. I thought it would be good to share.

Cuba… Wow there is so much to share. I might and most likely will write a whole blog just about my experience in Cuba. Let’s just say Cuba had deeply impacted my heart. The people there are in some of the toughest conditions I have seen in all my travels. Yet they have such great hearts and attitudes. They are Hungry to know more about God and walk in His fullness in their lives and they have big dreams. Dreams to make their life better. And not only are they dreaming they are doing imagesomething to make it better. They do this even if it takes them years to see their dreams come true. The cuban people were an inspiration to me to begin dreaming again. Thank you to all those who helped to support my trip by donation or prayer you have helped to make life better for those who don’t have the privilege to be born into a pace like the United States.

As of now all my trips are fully funded. I was blessed by a donation that fully funded my Six Flags trip. So, after Cuba my next opportunity is to ride the rollercoasters for the Lord and spread more unity and blessings over people while we ride them.

As for Next year, it looks like I will be doing another year of school. So after much prayer and the Lord guiding me. I will be meeting with my future mentor on Wednesday at 8 AM. I am already accepted as an intern with her I just need to respond to her request. I will do that after our meeting. I am meeting with her to get a picture of what the next year will look like. The person I am mentoring with is the Creativity Director of the Church and the School. She oversees all the creativity and she has asked me to be her intern. I am honored to be asked by her, yet I know the weight of what I am being asked to be a part of and I do not want to take that lightly. We do not need to raise the amount of funds as we did before. We will only need $800 for our tuition. Yet any trips we go on we are responsible to raise the funds for our travel expenses I went to South Africa with her and I expect I will have opportunity to go on many other trips with her.. They have a great system in place that teaches us to grow and become who God has made us to be. I am not sure what next year holds yet, whatever I do I know I don’t want to go anywhere without GOD.

As Always, your prayers are welcome and anytime I get more info about the next step I will give you the details so we can grow and partner together! Thank you soo much for partnering with me on this journey.

The Adventure Continues – March 2017 Update

fullsizerender-3Hello from Redding & Pasadena California and within about 48 hours Cape Town, South Africa. I have to say I am excited. My featured selfie is with Livi and Liezel in honor of the first day I met Liezel when I picked her up from the airport.  Let’s just say it has been a wild ride since then. We are heading to Cape Town for a conference on how to use the Arts to touch people and to help them to know God and receive healing.  Liezel lived a short distance from where we will be having the conference.  Looking forward to touching more lives and seeing my friend.

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Downtown Pasadena

Speaking of impacting people Pasadena was a great trip we were able to encourage  many people and bless them.  We were on a trip to equip and refresh the leadership of the school and the many ministries that are at the college campus where we stayed.  I had the opportunity to paint a painting and give it away to a woman at the church where we ministered. The Lord blew me away when I picked her out only to find out her name

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My Painting

was Elizabeth. I met four people who were named Elizabeth on this trip and the street by where we were staying was also Elizabeth. I think that the Lord was confirming to me that He likes the fact that I have embraced being called Elizabeth again.

There are many examples of people in the bible who get a new name when they enter a new place with God:  Jacob became Israel, Abram became Abraham, Simon became Peter, Saul became Paul. With each change these people embraced a deeper understanding of who God was calling them to be. God has taken me to new places with Him and since i came out here. In the beginning of my first year my name badge was made as Elizabeth. I was going to change it to Beth yet the Lord encouraged me to leave it. You see “El” is a pre fix that means God. when I took that off my name I was taking part of what God has bless me to be out of my name. When we speak things from our mouth we have power in our words. When I say Elizabeth I am speaking my identity over myself. In first year I did not fully embrace that, I had a name badge with Elizabeth but everyone called me Beth. during the summer the Lord told me that if I would fully embrace my identity He would bless me even more.  So at the start of Second year I choose that I would embrace what God had done in my life and I would go by Elizabeth again. Well my name badge was BETH … so I began to work to get a new badge. Two months later I had it all worked out. You see my name represents who I am called to be. God knows my name and what He has called me to be. He knows you also. He has a plan and purpose for you. What does you name mean?? What is His plan and purpose for your life??

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March 6th – 14th

So what is next?  South Africa next week, in 25 days I am off to Cuba,

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March 30 – Apr 11

and then Six Flags in San Francisco. Thank you to those who have sown into my trips. I have been able to fund all of my trips except for what I have left to raise for Six Flags.  I need $200 yet because of some of the money that was saved on my plane tickets i have all but $50 paid. so I only need $50 to be fully funded on all of my trips.  There is so much else going on. I painted at the Prothetic Conference. It was a real honor to

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My painting from the conference

paint there.  Our School planting team did our test launch for our school it was amazing and well attended this was one of the high points of my month.  I have had a few low points in that

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Charlie and Gladys you are missed

my Uncle and Aunt passed away within a day of each other they were such a blessing to my life and I will miss them.  There is so much going on from City service to trips with friends to Mount Shasta. This has been a power packed month. Also I would like to

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Our Logo for our School

thank all those who have prayed fro the Drought here in CA. There is a phrase I heard when I first came hear that people were encouraged to not water their lawns and embrace “California Gold” which was the color of all the grass everywhere. Well my featured image is evidence the it is now GREEN everywhere.  People who have

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The Drought is gone…Water is abundant

lived here for years said it has never been this green.  It seemed impossible that this drought could be broken,”But God” had a different plan. In two years time most of the California rivers are full and overflowing.  Please do pray that the rain does regulate so we do not too much flooding.

Thank you again to all who have prayed an partnered with this journey. I could do none of this without you.  I am so thankful for each of you. I wish I could be there to hug all your necks, but I am on a new adventure now.  I do have some prayer needs to consider in this new season:

  • Lives will be touched and changed
  • Safe Travels and Health
  • Continued direction for the future (Third year? Job for summer? What’s Next??)
  • I finish well as Graduation is around the corner
  • God’s continued direction

As always if you are welcome to come out and visit here.  We are moving out of our rainy season and into our hot summer days.  So there will be plenty of sunshine soon.  If you would like to give to my travel fund please click on the link below. I only need $50 to meet my goal for this trip. We will be sharing the love of God with people in the park.

Blessings,

Elizabeth  Email me 

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April 22nd

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The Adventure Continues – February 2017 Update

img_0530Hello from Redding, CA and soon to be many other places.  Life is good. It is not without it’s speed bumps or hurdles. I don’t want you to get the impression that life is always a smooth journey.  It has it’s share of challenges. Jesus and the apostles never painted for us a picture of ease. They too faced challenges in their lives serving God. One thing each of the knew deep in their heart that God was a good God. He loves us and wants good for us.  We live in a broken world and broken things happen in life. For those of you who know me, you know I have had my share of hurdles to overcome.  I tripped up recently when on one of my ministry trips I fell and broke my hand. We have two choices when a trial hits we can complain or choose to find what the good is and find God working in the trial.  I did go  through trials and I have recently been in a season of blessing and favor.

So what does that look like. Well one I have had the great privledge to serve on the img_0572img_0105team of the Converge School leaders conference. This has been a conference to help people who want to plant schools like this one come and learn how to do just that.  This school has transformed my life. Jesus has commissioned us to go and MAKE disciples.  So that is exactly what they do here. At this event. They are training people img_0525to make disciples. This is one of my primary passions. I hunger for people not only know Jesus but also to walk in the fullness of what He has called them to be.  We call it here being a champion of people. You know me this is something God made me to be! So I feel at home in this place. So wha’t else have I been doing. I had the honor of serving at the Randy Clark Healing School in January and I was ask to paint on stage.  I painted a painting about identity. I was inspired by a movie named the Queen of Katwe. It is about a young girl who started in the slums of Uganda and she became the Chess champion of Africa.  One of the most powerful moves in chess is when you use your pawn to move across the board and get to you opponates home row and swap your pawn for a Queen. This is such a picture of what God does for us. He came into the enemies home place and gave his life not only so we could live but to allow us to be given new life and become royalty and give us the power to overcome.  We have the challenge to believe that this is what he has done for us and we are able to do just that.  We are called to walk in the same power as Jesus and to be seated with Him in heavenly places.

So what is next… so much more. My hand is one the mend and I will be heading to 8cd9a4d46e37dcbdc286b82cf0adc686Sacramento on Wednesday to get it checked out and in better shape. I am beginning my last Trimester of school. Oh my gosh this year is almost over… Yet there is still so much to do… First I leave for Pasadena next Friday, I am Painting on stage at the next conference the following Friday after I come home on Tuesday.  Then a short break from traveling then I will leave for Cape Town South Africa in the beginning of March. Another short break then I am off to Cuba… You say southafricaare you done and I say no… I was invited to join another person on a trip to Six Flags in April (I think Jesus knows how much I love roller coasters). Wow I feel like I just got off a roller d7d7b5c222a38035076b82646a2cf59acoaster!! I am truly living the adventure.  Thank you Lord.  My Heart and my life is feeling the Love of the Lord each day. I will let you know that all my ministry trips are covered and I only owe $850 for my Cuba trip. The Six Flags trip will be covered by leftover money from one of my img_0106other trips.  I have made the decision to focus on school for this next three months. Because of my travel schedule and my school commitments I have very little ability to work hours at a minimum wage job. God has opened up doors for me to help people with computers and it is something that can work with my schedule. God has truly been good to me in this season.  I am praying about what is next and I do not have a definite answer.  I am working on staying close to Him and hear His heart for this season. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey.  I would ask if God places me on your heart it is for a good reason.  So I ask that you would remember me in your prayers. some of the things you can be praying about is one or all of the following:

  • Complete healing and restoration for my hand
  • For travel safety, smooth travels, health and no injuries on trips
  • Full funding on all remaining trips
  • Wisdom for the next step and vision or direction as to what that looks like

As always if you wish to partner with what God is doing in my life. I will let you know you wil be touching the lives of people all over the world. Not just through my travels but also in the lives I have the opportunity to touch each day.  If you would like to help financially then you can click on one of the following links.

For Pasadena, South Africa or Six Flags and any other possible trips I might go on: CLICK HERE.

My greatest need is for Cuba $850 to go: CLICK HERE