Ukrainian Missionary-Artist Dreams

My name is Esther-Anastasia Franchuk
I am 22 and I am an artist. I live in Ukraine and love painting. This is my voice and the way I express my love towards God.

The Lord made very clear to me the talent he gave me is supposed to bring glory to Him. I believe this generation has a strong voice and this voice, for me, is art.

Art doesn't have language barriers and is a great tool to make a difference in this world. These days, God is doing a lot in the creative hearts of people in His Family around the globe. He is teaching us how to use creativity to encourage the Body of Christ and draw people to Himself and even showing examples of it in scripture. Art is proving to be a mighty Kingdom tool in the hands of creative believers.

The Dream

God has given me a vision to disciple young people and to use art in missions. I never imagined that I would be a missionary, but if I've learned anything this past year, it's that God has far bigger plans for my life than I could have imagined!

I have been invited to join YWAM Sarasota as a Staff Member and I need your help!

The ministry vision of YWAM is to mobilize, equip, and send the next generation of world missionaries, taking the gospel to the most unreached peoples.

My ministry vision is to reach out to artists and creatives as a people group; To disciple artists, emboldening them to stand in their identities as creators, to believe in their inherent worth as created beings; To communicate the Gospel through art to this visual and creative world.

Backstory

In the Fall of 2016 I was seriously thinking how to use my gift of creativity for God's glory. With the help of a lot of friends who supported me with prayers and finances I attended and completed the YWAM "Marriage of the Arts" (MOTA) program. 

MOTA was a tremendous opportunity for me to follow the Great Commission and to learn how to advance the Kingdom of God through my art.

After the lecture phase I went to Nepal. We saw God move in incredible ways through our art from the very beginning.  We went from village to village sharing the gospel & the love of our Father, helping churches with their ministry, working with kids and of course doing our art.

And now I get to be on Staff and train others!

I'm so excited for this wild adventure with Jesus and that I get to do art and missions together with my life. Right now, I am back home in Ukraine for couple of months, and then I'm moving to Florida around January 18th to join staff with YWAM.

I can say that ART opens the doors for the Good news. Whether it's in Nepal or the boardwalks of Sarasota, you just go to the streets, start playing music and create something with colors & people immediately start gathering around because they want to know what you're doing and why. We were able to share stories of God's faithfulness in our lives, and so many people were  touched. God creates all things new & He wants to redeem art for His glory. 

The Need

It is a walk of faith to be a missionary, and I can't do it alone. The total budget for monthly expenses and one-time expenses is about $8200. The work I will do at Youth With A Mission is as a volunteer missionary and I will not receive a salary. But I believe that God uses the Body of Christ to fund His work in the world and support raising is a biblical concept.

I am building a team of partners to invest in God's kingdom with me, and I am looking for people who will stand with me. I need both prayer partners, and people who will give monthly or annually. I am offering several "rewards" for those who will support me financially- I'm an artist- I want to bless you with the work of my hands and heart. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with me?

The Art


"Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit, Son
Lion and the Lamb" (с.)
Lion and the Lamb- available as a postcard (4x6).


The Christmas Card- available in  folded (5x7), or as an art reprint (8x10, 16x20).

” Intimacy. One Dance With The King ” (Made during MOTA DTS art-school.) ”You drowned my fears in perfect love...You remind me of that song, the one you wrote for me.”
Intimacy. One Dance With The King- available in small (8x10) and large (16x20) reprints.


This picture God gave me in Nepal when I asked Him about missions in my life... He showed me the whole world like a big garden & me as a girl who grabbing the flowers. . . His hand stretching towards me with "my special flowers".
Special Flowers- available as a postcard or small (8x10), and large (16x20) reprint.




Recently I started a new art-peace about dreaming and dancing with the Holy Spirit & I hope this picture will bring more clearness even to myself of how art in missions should look like. It's not done yet but I already can say that God is stretching me out in my understanding of prophetic art.
Dreaming & Dancing- available as a postcard or in small & large reprint.

"Identity. Letters to God"-This is not a dream that I'm living. This is just a world of your own. You took me from all that I knew. Show me who I'm in You!
Letters to God- available as a postcard or small & large reprint.


"Every Nation, Every Soul". All the nations they will come...Holding broken chains above their heads...Singing "we have overcome by the blood of the lamb.( Lindy Conant ).
Every Nation, Every Soul- available as a postcard or small & large reprint.

Reprints of Art inspired while on mission in NEPAL



How you can be praying for me:


-That I will be a blessing to my family,friends and church at home.
-That I will use my time at home well.
-That I could renew my US Visa soon- MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, Praise the Lord!
-Please pray that God will raise up a strong partnership team to walk with me as I serve the Lord!
-For the finances I need to move to Florida.

I am so thankful for you all. Please let me know if there are ways I can be praying for you!!

Endorsements:
I'm Clinton White. I work with Commission To Every Nation in western Ukraine and it's my great honor to help Esther put this campaign together. Esther is a friend and a colleague. I'm committed to helping her raise the funds she needs. She's a phenomenal artist with a heart of gold. Actually- it's not just a heart of gold- it's a heart full of love for Jesus. She wants to serve Him and others with her life and with her talent. There aren't many places in the world that help train artists in a specifically Christian context like YWAM Marriage of the Arts in Sarasota. Eshter is a graduate of the program and now she has an opportunity to go back as a leader.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will the money be spent?
YWAM suggest approximately $1000/month support for six months for housing, groceries, phone, personal care, local ministry/outreach expenses, teaching and art supplies.

Plus one-time expenses:

$150- US Travel Insurance
$160- US VISA Application Fee
$800- Airfare Ukraine-Florida

Learn more about YWAM MOTA: http://www.ywamsarasota.com/mota-dts/

Is my donation tax-deductible? Part 1
No. Even though YWAM is a US registered non-profit, I will technically serve as a volunteer and as a Ukrainian citizen I can't benefit from YWAM's non-profit status.

Is my donation tax-deductible? Part 2
Maybe. There are two ways to receive a tax-deduction for your gift. 1) If your church has a Benevolence Fund there is a possibility you could give to your church (and receive a tax-deduction) and then the church could contribute to this campaign (among other beneficiaries) either online or directly to Clinton White. 2) You can make a donation to CTEN (Commission to Every Nation) for Clinton White BUT you need to notify Clinton of your intention to support Esther. CTEN will give the tax-receipt and Clinton will forward the money to Esther/YWAM.  

To receive a tax-deductible donation through Clinton White & CTEN, go to: www.cten.org/clintonwhite  or mail a check to:

Commission To Every Nation
P.O. Box 291307
Kerrville, TX 78029-1307

Attach a note to the check indicating the donation is for "Clinton White in Ukraine" and then you MUST contact Clinton to let him know the amount is for Esther.

Why is the money going to Clinton White instead of Esther or YWAM?
Easy. Because Clinton has a US Bank Account and I do  not! Every few days GoFundMe will conduct an electronic transfer to Clinton's account and then he will send the appropriate amount directly to Esther or YWAM.

What is an "Offline" Donation?
You can make donation directly to Esther outside of the GoFundMe campaign (directly to Esther or Clinton). Your contribution will be attributed to you within this campaign but will not be subject to GoFundMe's 8% platform fee. Contact Clinton White for further details.
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