The Pandemic and other calamities that we faced may have put the world on hold but never, Artist on a Mission, Kristine Lim and those who stood and walked with her. Let’s look back at what they have done for the past years.
Kristine, after going on a 10 year hiatus from the art scene came back transformed and renewed after a 10-year hiatus from the scene. Surpassing her failures, battles with her mental health issues and challenges; as being clinically diagnosed with Paranoid Personality Disorder, and the death of her son, John, Kristine Lim is now a celebrated Missionary Visual Artist armed with a mission to evangelize through her works and all her projects and programs, as well as to champion sustainable living, Edenic living, mental health, and patriotism. She has been doing mission & charity works since she was in High School and has been teaching art workshops to orphans and marginalized sectors of the community.
She founded and spearheaded the Artists on a Mission workshop and with the guidance and direction of NGOs like, Christian + Collective, JKL Foundation, Operation Mobilization Philippines and Sustainable PH, Artists on a Mission Workshop moves around the Philippines and even in other parts of the globe to teach new generations of artists by sharing the gospel and conducting art workshops. The project is also dedicated in creating art centers in partnership with the local communities and churches.
“We are here so we can leave a legacy for generations beyond our own through artists who make art that’s able to do something beyond art; beyond their canvas, themselves, and the exhibit halls; all done lovingly and passionately for our God and for our country to better the world. “ – Kristine Lim
Currently, Artists on a Mission Workshop is using Art to do Trauma Debriefing Seminars to children and families who got devastated by the recent typhoons, and those who are experiencing challenges brought by this pandemic, and other calamity that we are facing. This is just one of the many examples of how God can use talents and skills beyond what the industry has been used to in terms of what art is about.
Kristine, though has been described by the art community to be the most prolific and ahead of her contemporaries, remains focused on what she believes her mission as an artist is. With consecutive sold out shows, she uses the proceeds from her exhibit and masterpieces to support and sustain small community churches, missionaries, like herself, and NGOs in the country who have been moving with her in different centers, marginalized communities and tribes, in and outside the country. She believes any philanthropic, charity and mission works must be sustainable. It should not just be a one-time event but rather a continuous, intentional and well planned program.
Kristine Lim is also currently serving as the Director of Culture & Arts for Sustainable PH, a non profit organization that promotes sustainability and becomes the forefront of greenovation in the Philippines. Lim is also one of the founders and the Vice President for External Affairs of Christian + Collective.
Her works can be found at the lobby of the national agencies such as Department of Labor and Employment and Department of Public Works and Highways; to name a few. Her works are also officially part of the National Archives of the Philippines, and the Presidential Museum and Library, Malacanang Palace collections.
To extend help and any form of support to help them mobilize, you may support any of Kristine Lim’s solo and group art shows and exhibits. You may also extend assistance through the NGO’s mobilizing Artists on a Mission Workshops or through Teacher Celine Tojos / Lita Teodosio at +63 917 530 8847 / +63 925 546 4637 / +63 935 031 9931.
THE ARTISTS ON A MISSION ART CASE
by Kristine Lim
It’s a portable case that can also hold the materials of the artist. It also serves as an easel stand. It’s like bringing an art studio anywhere. Yes, it’s nice and everyone who have seen it wants one; but there’s a significance to this case… WILLINGNESS & PREPAREDNESS.
We were all given talents and skills for a purpose. Time will come when we will be called to fulfill that purpose. It may be for our friends, family, or communities or even strangers. When that moment arrives, the question isn’t about us being ready. It’s also not about us being equipped for it. It’s about our willingness & preparedness for something that has already been set before us.
Are our hearts willing to take the leap and obey with nothing but our limited capabilities and capacities?
Are our souls and spirits prepared to go venture on to uncertain situations and what is unknown to us?
Being equipped for something is knowing you have all that it takes to accomplish an assignment.
Being willing to do something is accepting you are not equipped for the task but you still do it because your confidence relies on Him.
Being ready is having boldness to face anything because you know you can.
Being prepared is recognizing that it’s courage that you need to face the unexpected because even if you can’t, He can!
Majority of the soldiers who fought wars in history were not soldiers by profession. They were farmers, carpenters, bakers, artists, simple men. Most if not all never fought a single war in their entire lives before facing their battle; and yet there where those who experienced victory. They were victorious not because of their skills. Clearly, they were not equipped or ready. But their willingness and preparedness are what God needed to bring them to triumph.
We can be called by God anytime to go to places and do tasks that are far from our careers. But our careers are not something that should dictate our paths.
I’m an artist but my art isn’t just about creating creative outputs. I’ve found myself going to places and doing things that required me to stretch beyond what I know of about having a career as an artist to being what God called me for a specific moment. I can go and bring this Art Case with me to go to an art event but I’m always willing to go take a detour if God tells me I have to go somewhere unrelated or even to a battlefield. God didn’t just create us to build careers. We are here because we have a mission. Are you willing and prepared to do yours?