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Changing Lives in India...One Painting at a Time

by Office of Marketing | November 03, 2011
For two years, VFCC junior Courtney Mortensen had been feeling a "tug"toward thecountry of India, mainly to its culture and architecture. But her heart was broken one day when her mom showed her the book Behind the Soiled Curtain, by David and Beth Grant.
For two years, VFCC junior Courtney Mortensen had been feeling a "tug"toward theChanging Lives in India...One Painting at a Time country of India, mainly to its culture and architecture. But her heart was broken one day when her mom showed her the book Behind the Soiled Curtain, by David and Beth Grant. The book explained the horrific realities of women caught in the sex-slave industry in India, and the inspiration behind Project Rescue, a ministry to women and children in sexual slavery focused on providing physical, emotional and spiritual rescue and holistic restoration. 

Courtney and her friend, VFCC junior Aubrey Short, decided that they needed to do something to support the efforts of Project Rescue. Under the ministry name of Inspire India, they started to paint pictures reflective of their burden for these women. They began to sell these paintings, with all proceeds going toward Project Rescue. "From that point on, we just watched God work," stated Courtney. 

Soon, the two girls began to expand their idea, organizing art parties and sleepovers with friends to spend time painting together. "It's created a really neat unity because it's brought together a bunch of strangers who like art to support a common cause," said Mortensen. The only prerequisite for being a part of Inspire India is that each artist is asked to pray over her paintings. 

The paintings have inspired and encouraged people in ways that the girls never could have imagined. Women have come to them and said, "That picture was in my dream the other night," or "God has been impressing that exact Scripture upon my heart." According to Short, "these are the things that only God could do." 

Inspire India soon became a campus ministry, and Courtney and Aubrey have sold their art at VFCC's annual "Bless with a Dress" event, at women's conferences in the Pennsylvania-Delaware District, and most regularly, out of the Student Life office on the VFCC campus. 

When David and Beth Grant visited the College this past spring, Courtney and Aubrey got to meet with them to show them their artwork and tell them about the Inspire India project.  



Both girls currently serve as student leaders on campus, and will graduate in May 2013 - Courtney with a degree in Christian Ministries, and Aubrey with a degree in Early Childhood Education. 

Check out the Inspire India Project blog.