The Heart and Foundation of Art 2 Heart


 

Our Art 2 Heart ministry was born in 2004, as our founder, Lori Westling, was hearing and understanding the Good News of Jesus Christ for the first time and becoming spiritually re-born. 

Prior, she had "believed" in God and Jesus in terms of believing they existed, but hadn't understood why she needed a Savior, feeling that it was enough to be a pretty good person. Without thinking about it too much, she went through all the motions of religion and tried to do her best. After all, she had always been a high-achieving person, and had always done well in school and work, and subconsciously figured (or hoped) God must grade on a curve!

Lori says that God used some personal struggles in her life to crush her illusion of "having it all together" as well as her illusions of pride and self-sufficient spirit. She felt broken and humbled. (Isn't it amazing how humans can be ready to receive the gift of God's GRACE when we are in that place.)   

When Lori participated in a Bible study, the Lord opened her eyes to the fact that "because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions  --  it is by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:4-6)  She thennunderstood that Jesus lived the perfect life, which none of us could ever do, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)  Lori discovered that although she deserved to be condemned for eternity, Jesus took her sin and died on the cross in her place. It was all about "GRACE," not her performance. 

Lori says "So there I was with a new-found faith and hope and a burning passion to share God's love and Good News with others. In addition, God made me to be a person who loves to create and loves to encourage others to be creative. And, during this time, my heart was breaking over the stories I was reading about how women were being abused in Africa and I longed to help them.  God combined all of this and blessed me with the inspiration and the vehicle to make a difference in His name: the Art 2 Heart ministry." 

With the support of friends and family, Lori started the store by making beaded flatware (which, BTW, is still one of our signature products) and donating all the profits to support a village in Zambia through World Vision. Since 2004, God has connected many more talented, passionate sisters and brothers in Christ who make Art 2 Heart the special, joy-filled, 100%-volunteer ministry that we are today. Our dedicated volunteers and ministry partners have the hearts of missionaries in all that we do.

You now know the heart and foundation of Art 2 Heart.  It's not just about making and selling unique, handcrafted items. The heart and passion behind Art 2 Heart continues to be using creativity to reach aching hearts with God's love and His Good News of GRACE. 

Thank you for your support of our mission in spreading God's love around the world! See our current list of ministry partners.