BCMS Art Teacher’s Mission to China at Home
Briarcrest Middle School Art Teacher, Melody Weintraub directed an Art Camp this summer for children at Memphis Chinese Evangelical Church. Two of her former Middle School students, Josiah Fahhoum (10th Grade) and Briarcrest Alumni, Christina Conner (BCS ’07) assisted in teaching and setting up the camp, which was held at Union Avenue Baptist Church.
“This is our third year to serve the children at the church. "I have always loved to use art to teach Biblical principles," said Weintraub. "Years ago when I began the Art Camp model at my own church, First Evangelical Church, Briarcrest high school art teacher, Jenna Fergus, suggested that we take this concept to China. I thought at the time that was a lofty goal, however, God has fulfilled that vision by bringing the Chinese children to Memphis. MCEC is such a precious body of believers. I am encouraged by their faith,” she added.
In the two-day camp, students learned watercolor, mixed-media collage and participated in several craft-making workshops. Also assisting with teaching and mentoring the children was Jackie Zwicki and teens Olivia Grace Sistrunk and Megan Cascarella (all of First Evan). “What I love about being able to serve at the MCEC Art Camp,” says Briarcrest alumni Christina Conner. “It is not only being able to see the delight on the faces of the children as we teach them about art and about God, but also being able to fellowship and serve with the other members of our Art Camp team.”
Briarcrest helped in many ways by supplying materials and equipment for this camp. Briarcrest Middle School students also assisted with materials by donating their end-of-the year art supplies at locker clean-out in May.
“Some of these MCEC families will have gone back to China when we meet next year,” says Weintraub. “It is really nice to know that we have been able to show them Biblical principles through art that they will hopefully be able teach others.”
"I am so grateful to witness the way God works in our church, the love from fellow Christians, the joy that flows among the teachers and the children are all evidence that God is real," said Cindy Lin, a member of the church.