Category Archives: Interviews
Worship in Painting

An Interview with Gina Hurry

We are excited to have Gina Hurry join us this year for Poets, Painters, & Storytellers 2016. Gina is an artist from Birmingham, Alabama, who strives to reflect the heart of God through her art. We spoke with Gina about how God reveals Himself to her through painting and why she is excited to be a part of this event.

Gina Hurry

CA: When did you first know you loved painting, and what drew you to that art form?

Gina: I’ve been an “artist” for as long as I can remember. My first “painting” memory was marking the walls of our family home with my mother’s lipstick when I was two or three years old. I grew up at the feet of other artists in their studios and can’t remember a time when I was not painting and responding to life this way. I was drawn to painting as an expression and also as a way to pour out and process my heart and feelings in a more abstract, subversive way since my family was not drawn to processing openly.

CA: How does God reveal Himself to you through your craft?

Gina: God is good to reveal himself to me in the process. Most times the process is hard and messy and humbling, but it seems He allows me the freedom to wrestle and create by faith, and He brings me to the end of myself as I stumble into finding the completion of each piece.

My “craft” begins in my mind, which is stirred through the world around me: in nature, worship, corporate prayer, reading scripture, conversations with friends, and life experiences. My imagination is stirred as I listen to life. I see His kindness and beauty in all of these things, and many times I’m inspired to respond with paint.

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A “20 Year” Wait

An Interview with Ashley (and Lola) Greenway

We were very excited to hear recently that Brandon and Ashley Greenway completed the adoption of their daughter, Lottie Kate. Clement Arts supported the Greenway adoption with our Parables kids concert in the fall of 2014. Since then, Brandon and Ashley had a long wait to be matched with a birth mother and child. We spoke with Ashley (and bio daughter, Lola) about the long-awaited adoption. 

Lottie Kate GreenwayCA: When did your family begin the adoption process? What led you to the desire to adopt?

Ashley: Brandon and I both had hearts for adoption. When we were dating in high school and knew we were going to get married, we discussed building a family and adopting. We started the process in April of 2014.

CA: How was Clement Arts able to help you during your adoption process?

Ashley: Clement Arts has helped us in both emotional and financial ways with the fundraiser that was held towards the beginning of our process, along with the surprise that whole experience provided. The emotional help was probably more important to us, since the fact that we were chosen was awe inspiring in itself. Any time we would feel like it was taking too long or that we weren’t getting chosen and started to lose hope, we would use that experience as proof that we were doing God’s will and that he was supporting us the whole way. We really felt like we just sat back and watched God work through Clement Arts. The whole experience has been such a blessing and very humbling.
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Deacon of Orphan Care

An Interview with Daniel Hord

You may know that the word “deacon” means “servant.” You probably have deacons who faithfully serve the families in your church. But have you ever considered deacons who serve the needs of the orphan or foster child?

Daniel Hord is the deacon for orphan care ministry at CrossPointe Church in Columbus, GA. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children. Daniel and Jenny have a unique understanding of adoption, having grown their family biologically, as well as through domestic and international adoption. Clement Arts caught up with Daniel to ask him about adoption ministry, both in the home and the local church. Continue reading

What I Am Learning From Our First Year of Fostering

by Brad Griffith

On April 3, 2014, my wife and I will have been official foster parents for one year. We have had only one placement in our home, a little girl who was nine months old at the time. We are now preparing for her to transition from our home to a biological family member over the coming weeks. Here are just a few lessons I am in the process of learning from our first year and experience as foster parents.

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