Connecting artistic influencers
and ideas for global mission
The Lausanne Arts Network exists to catalyze and connect artistic
Christians and evangelical influencers concerning the role of artists and
the arts for global mission—through gatherings focused on biblical prayer,
reflection, training, and ministry action.
We hold two mandates. The first is to the artists of the world. We aim to
catalyze and call artists back to the service of the church in global mission
through their specialized, God-designed creative imagination, intelligence,
and artistic abilities and gifts. We aim to equip artists biblically on the role
of the artist and artistic expression in life, worship, and ministry.
The second mandate is to the church and to the mission and academic
leadership of the world. We aim to call the church to re-engage artistic
kingdom servants for the sake of empowering culturally relevant worship,
evangelism, and compassion throughout the world. We aim to assist
current mission and church leadership to realize that for the body of Christ
to express itself fully in line with God’s design, we must involve the
church’s artists as strategic ministry practitioners of the church.
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The Lausanne Arts issue network exists to catalyze and
connect artistic Christians and evangelical influencers
concerning the role of artists and the arts for global mission.
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Table of Contents
4 Inspiro Arts Alliance
6 the Broken Leaf by Roger Lowther
7 Arts Advocate Update-Open-Mic
8 Astha-Guitars of Hope
9 SIL-Justin Randolph
10 VMSF-Approaching the Finish Line
11 World In Motion Discipleship Program
12 JP in Brazil
13 Whistle in the Wind by Danyce Gustafson
14 Pandemic by Natalie Meeks
15 Prayer Needs
With the full integration of HSI and OM Arts, we’re excited to announce that INCARNATE, the flagship
training program of Inspiro Arts Alliance, will now feature ethnodoxology at an even greater level.
A new CURATOR track has been added to train artists as ethnodoxologists and all artistic disciplines
will learn the Creating Local Arts Together (CLAT) approach to ministry.
Celebrate with us and spread the word! In preparation for 2021, we’re offering the following training:
What is it? Incarnate Leadership Training will focus specifically on how to cultivate beautiful worship
and witness in a local community along with introducing the new ethnodoxology component of
Who is it for? Artists who want to think creatively about how to connect with their community of
focus. Experienced artists and ethnodoxologists interested in engaging with Incarnate as mentors,
teachers, or cross-cultural guides. Local Hosts who want a clearer picture of what hosting Incarnate
teams in their communities will look like.
What will we do? This ILT will focus on three areas. You can choose which you’d like to focus on.
Participants will work in groups related to their interests.
Ethnodoxology (what is ethnodoxology?) will be a thread throughout
the relaunch of Incarnate. Every community is unique and needs a
unique plan. But, the process of developing that plan is similar. That
is where this training comes in.
You will have an opportunity to:
• Experience “10,00 Stories” – the portion of Incarnate that walks through the steps of empowering
ethnodoxology in a local community.
• Customize it – think creatively about how to customize these steps and teaching modules to best
connect with your community of focus.
You do not have to attend Incarnate to join this training.
After 2 months of learning together in Taiwan, Incarnate artists will
disperse in teams for 2 months of placement in various regions.
Incarnate placements will now be 2 months and include the 10,000
Stories (ethnodoxology) segment on-site, learned alongside a local
community and in partnership with the OM field and local artists.
Placements result in community arts projects that cultivate local
worship & witness and empower your field’s goals.
At the Leadership Training, you will have the opportunity to:
• Explore what a placement would look like in your area
• Speak into what a placement would look like in your area
What role might you play at Incarnate? You will have an opportunity to
hear details of each of these roles and speak into their responsibilities.
Incarnate Alumni, Incarnate Artists in Residence, Incarnate Field
Guides, Incarnate Story Teachers, Administrators, Technical Gurus,
Calling All Servants in General, Worship Leading, Group Discipleship,
These roles are fluid. You can apply to join Incarnate in a customized
role that fits you – including, but not limited to, any combination of the above roles. The Leadership
Training will be a place to explore what that might look like for you.
When is it?
June 2 – June 8, 2020
First session starts 15:00, June 2. Last session ends at 20:00, June 8.
Where is it?
Epicentrum Event Center in Érd, Hungary (https://epicentrum.eu/en/)
How Much Does it cost?
$300 all-inclusive (housing, food, local transportation, excursions, and materials). You are responsible for
visas and travel to/from Budapest International Airport.
Private rooms and family suites are available upon request for a slighter higher rate.
Registration and in partnership with OM Hungary
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The Broken Leaf invites you to explore the
beauty and gospel images found in Japanese art
and culture. Through ten short meditations,
discover for yourself just how God might be
revealing his story in the everyday objects of your
life wherever you may be. Available in hardcover,
paperback, e-book, and audio versions.
What is the message of The Broken Leaf?
We can worship God in the everyday life of the
world around us. God reveals himself and leads us
in worship through the art and culture of every
nation. Meditations in this book are a journey of
discovery while showing the heart of Christian
“God is not new to Japan. He was in Japan before the first missionary set foot here. So how can we see the God of
the Bible clearly as he exists in this culture with all of its unique beauty? How can we see, hear, taste, smell, and
touch God in a truly Japanese context?” The Broken Leaf
Roger W. Lowther
is founder and director of Community Arts Tokyo, assisting church planting
through the arts. Roger is also director of faith and art at Grace City Church
Tokyo and coordinator for the MAKE Collective, a global network of missionary
artists. He has been serving with Mission to the World in Japan since 2005.
Roger received degrees from The Juilliard School and Columbia University and
is currently studying at Reformed Theological Seminary. He lives in downtown
Tokyo with his wife Abi and four boys.
Open-Mic Invites Creativity
Arts Advocate Update
Our church operates near an international university
in a western suburb of Jakarta, Indonesia. In the
basement of a high-rise condominium directly across
the street, the student ministry team has set up an
environment for students to study and hang out in
between their classes. The “Study Bunker” is
available throughout the week but isn’t just for
studying. It’s also a gathering place for students to
come and take a break from their intense study
routine, whether it is conversations with one
another, enjoying a games night, or watching videos,
either a movie or whatever they find on YouTube.
Our creative arts
ministry partnered with
our students team to
co-host an open-mic
night for anyone
interested and familiar
with the study bunker.
The word got out to those involved inviting students,
friends, and members from our church to submit
performances to share during the evening.
There were 7 acts that made up the evening’s
program on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The
program included covers of worship songs along
with traditional contemporary songs from Indonesia
that students wanted to share. One friend of the
ministry is an Indonesian songwriter and rap artist.
Two students share a traditional Dayak welcome
dance for everyone gathered for the evening. From
the 20 or so people who attended, there was a
boisterous and lively
the evening. Refreshments
were available and
plenty of opportunity to
interact with the
performers during the
Photos were taken and
shared. New appreciation for the talents among
the students and the heart behind what they had
to share prompted deeper conversations. These
open-mic cooperative events are expected to
continue in the months to come. They are
providing alternative atmospheres for the study
bunker that will invite other students to take
advantage of the space and build relationships
with their peers. The goal of the student ministry
is to prompt discipleship relationships to form
among those who get involved in what the study
bunker has to offer.
Robert C. Bartz
Far East Broadcasting
The main vision of Astha Guitars is to build
premium high-end acoustic and electric guitars
and at the same time give young motivated people
a chance to learn special skills and to build up their
confidence to face the future with hope!
We really want this to be a multiple
win/win situation! You will receive a
high quality guitar for a fair price and
at the same time you enable young
guys to learn the very unique trade of
guitar building and on top of that support
children in need with schooling!
We run primary and secondary schools (we have
six across India), as well as a Bible college. We are
based out of Bangalore in India. We also have
an amazing community development
proramme amongst women in a few villages in
Around five years ago, I partnered with a Swiss
guitar builder to start a social enterprise in
Bangalore. Our goal was to build high-end guitars
and, at the same time, provide employment
opportunities to young people... and, eventually,
use a portion of the profits to help under
privileged children go to school.
Astha Guitars is a social enterprise where the
profits flow back into the guitar workshop to be
self sufficient and 10% of every sold guitar will go
into supporting children from lesser privileged
backgrounds with education which will provide for
one year of schooling for one child. People will
then get the opportunity to keep supporting that
specific child with annual schooling fees if desired.
Our prayer request is that
God will now lead us to
customers (and viceversa!)
and that God will
continue to help our social
SIL Eurasia EthnoArts
team recently hosted
an online training for
colleagues in the
region looking to
discover local art
forms in their communities, build
relationships with local artists, and work
towards evaluating meaningful ways of
sharing scripture in those contexts. The
course centered around research and
observation skills to learn what exists and
what it means to the community.
Please pray for the participants
as they apply what they learn to
SIL Eurasia EthnoArts Consultant and
SIL Mainland Southeast Asia EthnoArts
Welcome to the Virtual Visual Media Strategy Forum
Approaching The Finish-Line
Thursday, April 2 12:00 – 14:30 UTC
Due to the recent Corona virus outbreak we were
not able to run the VMSF 2020 conference in Chiang
Mai, Thailand. But we are so thankful to God for
providing an exciting alternative to our face-to-face
event, the Virtual VMSF 2020.
The Virtual VMSF 2020 coordination committee has
been working hard to create an online version of the
VMSF. While our original VMSF had 10 hours in the
program, this online version will be only two and a
half hours long. We will be including all of the keynote
and guest speakers that we had originally
planned for the VMSF, and incorporating as much of
the essential content from our original conference
agenda as possible. There will be opportunities for
further collaboration through smaller break out
Join us as we celebrate the completion of the 20/20
Vision campaign. “to see an indigenous evangelistic
audio-visual tool for every one of the Least
Evangelized Mega Peoples, so that all can clearly see
and understand the gospel message and embrace it
as their own.”
Create International and the Visual Story Network are
thrilled to host this very significant event. We believe
that these two and a half hours of focused
collaboration will result in continued partnerships
for bringing the knowledge of the glory of God to
many who still have not heard.
All those interested in media for unreached peoples,
film producers, mission strategists, content creators,
distributors and other partners are welcome. For a
brief report on the 2018 VMSF click here.
VMSF 2020 Major Objectives:
1. To celebrate the completion of the 20/20 Vision.
2. To showcase completed 20/20 vision projects,
testimonies and inspirational case studies.
3.To promote strategic initiatives‚ such as media to
movements that are impacting the unreached.
4. To develop partnerships in order to produce visual
media for unreached peoples.
5. To increase innovative distribution of current
indigenous gospel media tools.
Please Complete the Registration Form
Calvin and Carol Conkey, Clyde Taber
Registration & Info
Info & Application
Hello, hope you are well. I’m
finally starting the process of
returning to Tokyo Japan in
March 2020. I’m designated
to the same church, New
Hope Tokyo and to the same
work with LINK OMF ministry
to young adults!
JP From Brazil
I’ve started the process of
getting clearances so please
pray for me especially
finance clearances, still need
20% of my whole budget
figure. I’ve been sharing
about Japan at
has been a
great opportunity to mobilize
people to pray for Japan!
When I share with people I’ve been
using the OMF material 31 Day
Praying for Japan. We translated it
into Portuguese ad also my book
called QUEM means WHO.
If everything goes well I will be sent by my home
church at our church conference in March 2020,
where some OMF leaders will also be attending.
My relationship with Ria is going well, praise the
Lord, and we talk everyday. We are starting
planning for the wedding hopefully at the end of
next year. Please pray for us!
Thank you again for praying and supporting me
please let me know how I an pray for you too!
Mega blessings, JP Carvalho
A Whistle in the Wind
A children’s picture book by
Danyce Gustafson featuring
the illustrations of artist Ann
Available at amazon.com
“A Whistle in the Wind” is a recently
published children’s picture book. The tale
of Twiga, the little giraffe who is mocked
by hyena, conveys several messages,
concluding with the truth of God as our
creator whose ways are perfect.
One reviewer shared, “I am always looking
for books that teach valuable life lessons.
This sweet book with classic, timeless
illustrations is sure to delight both young
and old. Questions and activities at the end
stimulate further interaction. Author
Danyce Gustafson served as a missionary in
Africa for twenty years. Illustrator Ann
Boland ministers with the
Lausanne Arts Network. The
book is available online and
through retail booksellers.
The book is
talented! I also
love that the
setting was in
Little girl bounds skyward, higher
up and further in; propelled
by negative darkness underfoot.
Her tiny chest swells with
gasping, laughing, living breath.
“Look at me - See me!”
Hemmed in - she - by evergreen, shadowed by spring’s first dance of sun and cloud.
Far from sickness. Naive to hospital
beds and masks, to grieving sons and
daughters of Isolation. Immune (I pray!)
to intubated lungs and
gasping, contracting, weeping breath.
Hemmed in - they - and bedded down - alone- by viral crowns, shadowed by a growing
“Look at me. . . See me?”
Inspiro Arts Alliance
• Pray for a smooth integration of HIS and OMA .
• God to use the curator track in training artists as ethodologists.
the broken leaf by author Roger Lowther
• God will use the Broken Leaf to explore the beauty and gospel images in Japanese art
Arts Advocate Update
• Pray for discipleship relationships to form among those involved in what the study
bunkers have to offer.
Astha Guitar of Hope
• Pray that God will lead them to customers (and vice versa ), and God will continue to
help their social enterprise grow.
• Pray for participants as they apply what they learn to their ministry.
Visual Medium Strategy Forum
• Continued partnerships with the Finish Line event will bring the knowledge of the glory
of God to the many who still have not heart.
Word in Motion
• Pray that God will use their 14 Day Discipleship Program.
• Pray for JP as he prepares for return to Japan and for sharing the OMF”s 31 Days of
Prayers for Japan.
A Whistle in the Wind by author Danyce Gustafson and illustrator Ann Boland
• Young readers will recognize that God’s ways are always perfect.
Pandemic by Natalie Meeks
• Prayers for the spiritual, physical, and economic health of our world.