” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” – Jesus. Matthew 22:37-39
Tonight I was encouraged by the photography and work my friend Andrew Briggs is actively doing to help people in Uganda heal and reconcile with one another. He went back and forth to Uganda four times this past year and he began an organization called Freedom in Creation. Here is a man who is really living out the gospel of Christ and I am humbled by his loving obedience to God.
One of the main goals of Freedom in Creation is to help the children who were abducted and forced to become child soldiers to re-enter society. These children are largely stigmatized by society and not let back into their communities because of their real or perceived crimes. Briggs’ ministry aims to help these children heal through art classes as well as bringing the life-giving gift of a well to their poor communities that could never afford one themselves. Most in rural areas must walk miles and miles to get water that is often contaminated with cholera and many women are assaulted on the long walk. So the gift of a well with clean safe water is life-changing for that community. Money raised from the sale of the arts by these former child soldiers as well as donations from the U.S. and others funds the wells.
All the proceeds raised for Freedom in Creation go into the further development of the therapeutic art program as well as for fresh water wells.
Bio & Event info as copied from the invite from tonights event which drew about 100 people.
Andrew Briggs’ photography gives you just a small glimpse of Africa and the plight of the people in Uganda. Through the children’s artwork you begin to see the lives they have lived, the pain they have suffered and the hope that has been restored.
Freedom in Creation is the organization that Andrew founded to help these children through artistic expression begin to heal from the trauma they have suffered.
Come view these two powerful exhibits, learn more about this cause and how you can support this life-changing work.
The exhibit will be on display at Providence through February courtesy of Andrew Briggs, The Washington Arts Group & Freedom in Creation.
The exhibit with his photographs and the children’s art is on display at Providence Church. You can find a map to the church here.