I’ve heard it, so have you, the phrase starving artist. Most people feel it’s a necessity some wear it as a badge of honor. I remember being 17 years old looking at my parents, telling them I wanted to go to art school, and hearing “No son of mine is going to starve in an attic.” For the record, I did become an artist (without the benefit of art school) and I just signed up for a weight loss program. Starving and artist do not necessarily belong together and I’m not the only one who thinks so.
My family and I sponsor three Compassion children. One of them, Estephania Bertrand, lives in Haiti and attends the Anse-a-Galet Church of God Child Development Center. Every year, I receive a letter from her pastor, Joseph Louis Roosevelt, that tells how things are going there. Here’s a portion of his letter:
“Children and parents are learning many things in the project (what they call the Child Development Center). We make some non-formal classes for them such as: sewing, cooking, floral art, painting, music, computing, embroidery and more. I have to tell you that all the artwork on the walls of the church and school are made by our registered children. These courses help them to make money to respond to their needs…”
It seems Pastor Joseph and his staff see creativity as a path to a better life for the children and their parents, which is kind of the opposite of “starving artists.” Reading this letter really touched my heart. They are in the process of raising funds to make the church larger as the project is outgrowing the size of their current facility. It makes me wonder if there is a way we can help them???
In the mean time there are things I know you can do to help a child somewhere.
2. Sponsor a child through Compassion or the ministry of your choice. $38 a month can really change a life.
You don’t have to be a starving artist and there should be no such thing as a starving child. You can make a difference today.