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High Desert to Low Desert: CHALKIN’ USA Part 3

2013 Mission USA Collage     Travel in the United States of America affords daily wonders of history, natural and human.  We met Alvin York’s grandson at his old home-place in Kentucky, saw Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, and then traveled up the tram to the top of the St. Louis Arch—650 feet in the air above a flooded Mississippi River!  Our next ministry took us to Davenport, Oklahoma, and yet another pastor who had never seen chalk-art used as a tool for the Lord’s work.  That church building was overflowing with enthusiastic worshipers and guests for the day.  My sister Jane, who lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, arranged this meeting, and the pastor enthusiastically embraced chalk-art evangelism and our family.  After a few days visiting my sister and her family, we were off to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where we shared the Gospel with the combined youth and adults from two Chinese churches on a Friday evening.  Here we spent two nights in the home of our Chinese-American hosts, an amazing family of four children who blessed us greatly and sent us on our way to Gallup, New Mexico.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES     Over the course of the next week, we shared the Gospel and taught the Bible in two Navajo Nation mission churches and a Bible camp in the middle of the reservation area.  A number of children responded to the Gospel at that camp.  We did a series of drawings on Psalm 23 and gave the pictures to the campers by drawing names at the last service of the week.  The Native American children were especially intrigued with the art and asked me to incorporate their southwestern red mesas into the pictures, so I did just that!  Several of the children accepted Christ during that week of camp ministry.  Our western adventures took us from the high desert of New Mexico to the low desert of Tucson, Arizona, before we turned north and eastward.

Dispelling Myths of “Creative Evangelism”

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Many Christians and church leaders remain skeptical of bringing art into the pulpit.  I have been preaching for 23 years now, and using art to illustrate many of the messages for 20 years.  I also sing and play the piano and accordion at times to further exalt God’s precious Word in a service.  All of these are tools in my ministry toolbox.  But, as an evangelist and Bible teacher, it is the simplicity of the preaching of Scripture that God uses to impact souls.  A skilled tradesman knows the usefulness of various tools for each job, and yet the consumer often sees the result with little knowledge of the tools.   Allow me to dispel a couple of myths about the tool of chalk-art in ministry:

Myth #1:  Chalk-Art Is Not Preaching

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In fact, the focus of chalk-art ministry is the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.  Some artists talk and draw at the same time, thus the title of my ministry, “Good News Chalk Talks” (www.ChalkTalks.net).  Sometimes we play a musical background while we draw and share a Bible-centered message before or after the drawing.  Either way, chalk-art simply provides a creative and interactive illustration of the Bible message that God has placed on the heart of the evangelist, teacher, or pastor.  I personally hold two degrees, a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Religious Education, both of which emphasize the practical preaching of Scripture.  Chalk-art has become an effective tool to open doors for ministry as well as a means to interact with the audience so that the message of the Bible is remembered for years to come.  I am a preacher using the effective tool of art to interact with broad audiences.

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This pastor stated the following after we held revival services:  “Dwight Haynes blends his understanding of God’s Word and his artistic talent. His messages speak to the hearts of all ages. Dwight’s articulation of biblical truth brings Christians and seekers face-to-face with the Savior. God worked through this ministry to bring about a powerful time of refreshing and revival.”  There is no question that there is a special appeal to children, because they are often active learners.  However, we also realize that adults need more activity in learning the Word, since many a dreary eye haunts the church pew during adult Bible studies.  With Chalk-Art, people of all ages actively engage in creating the drawing in their minds, connect the message with a picture, and thus retain much more of the teaching.  In reality, chalk-art is a tremendous resource to minister to the entire church family.  Thus, the chalk-art ministry draws the church body together to receive Scripture like no other medium for times of refreshing and renewal.

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An interest in creation comes from God’s image embedded in our humanity.  Animals do not stop to watch an artist in a park, and yet humans take a keen interest in that creative action.  So, the artistic illustration of a Scriptural message that comes together in front of the observer provides a powerful tool for God to use in ministry.  May our Lord impress upon you ways to incorporate a chalk-art evangelist into your ministry.  If you would like more information, please contact me, Dwight Haynes, 540-230-5782, Dwight@ChalkTalks.net.

Revival Services Take on New Character

As Bible Chalk-Art draws the interest of many, revival services take on a new character.  Drawings are given away in each service to those who INVITE the most to attend, and on the final night to the one who  gets the most visitors in the service.  More importantly, Rev. Haynes preaches and explains God’s Word in a way that will have a lasting impact on all who come.  The good news of salvation is clearly presented in each service.  In a day when REVIVAL is needed, why not schedule a chalk-art revival?  Brother Dwight would be glad to talk about scheduling for the year ahead.

Chalk-Art Books Available NOW–FREE Shipping

Each 50-page paperback book features 25 color plates of chalk drawings and their accompanying messages.  For more information or to place an order for one or both books click the pics or just CLICK HERE!