Recently I met the most wonderful artist. He's originally from the Dominican Republic. His wife is from Paraguay and was a Catholic nun in her youth. They met in New York City when he was a young man playing in a band in a club. There's a lot of backstory right there! Eventually someone led him to Jesus and he raised his family to have faith in the promises of God. When his son was 12, a rare form of cancer tried to steal his life but the boy put his trust in the promises of God. Another long story here with a miracle ending. Today, his son is a handsome, married man in his early 30s; one of only a handful of survivors of this kind of cancer.
Vini is 71 years old and so busy I'm not sure I could keep up with him. He paints, travels, teaches, and you'll find him at many juried art shows in this area. By divine appointments, he's met many important people & celebrities in South America. He's computer savvy and is discipling several of them in the things of God through the power of the internet. He also has plans for a tv show where he would teach painting to the Spanish speaking community; he already has the financial backers for it.
Why am I giving so much space to VIni? Recently, there's been a lot of changes in my church as we try to update our look and our worship style to attract younger people. But there's also been a lot of talk around me that the old folks need to get over themselves & make way for the "hip, progressive" younger people. Someone even went so far as to imply that "old people" have no vision. I'm getting more annoyed by the day over this issue. Vini is proof to me that as long as we have breath in our body, we can have VISION. There is no limit to what we can learn and the things we can do. God has a purpose for each and every day of our life until we take the last breath of Earth's air and pass into eternity with HIm.
Everyone has a story. My son is going to do a short video about Vini and we're going to tell his! I'm really looking forward to this project.