My name is Anna. I graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree and a minor in Graphic Design. At Bethel I had the opportunity to expand my understanding of art, grow my faith and learn more about God’s character through study abroad opportunities. These trips took me to Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Virginia. Now, God is calling me to Budapest, Hungary! Beginning in the fall of 2015, I will be using my passion for people and the arts as a two-year Artist Missionary with the ReachBudapest team.
Art has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. From fourth grade to my senior year of High School, I took a year-long art class in downtown Minneapolis that developed my craft and allowed me to connect with people that I would never have met if it had not been for the arts. As a college student, I developed my own body of work, learned more about how expansive the art world is and became fascinated with learning about the conceptual side that fuels bodies of work for so many artists today.
Studying art was an act of obedience throughout college. At times I was unsure about what I would do with my degree. But during the fall of my senior year, I first learned about the ReachBudapest team and the art café coffeehouse, where a background in art was valued and needed for this specific form of missions.
Learning about the thought and process behind art reveals some artists’ most valued questions and ideas. Art is an excellent platform for discussion, and is a key that can open doors of relationships which might otherwise remained locked. God is using the art café coffeehouse as the kind of place where locked doors are opening, trust is being built, and gospel-centered relationships are forming. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the ReachBudapest team and to serve in a place that uses a common interest in the arts to build relationships between those who follow Jesus and those who don’t yet know Him.
If you would like to hear more about what I will be doing in Budapest and how you can play a part, please contact me!