Timm ‘Compassion’ately paints

Many aspire to be compassionate, but feeling sympathy for others is as far as some will venture. When it comes to acting on that pinching emotion inside that whispers “Do something,” some merely ignore it.

Many students couldn’t resist the empathy they felt in chapel Jan. 19 when Christian artist, author and speaker Eric Samuel Timm painted a picture of Jesus as he spoke and encouraged Crusaders to sponsor a child through Compassion, a Christian child advocacy ministry.

“The biggest thing I love about Compassion is that they do it in Jesus’s name,” he said.

Timm has been involved with Compassion for almost a decade. It seeks to provide the needs of children tormented by poverty while enabling them to become mature Christians.

Members of the Baptist Student Ministry displayed information about the ministry in the SUB.

Christian artist, author and speaker Eric Samuel Timm paints a canvas of Jesus while speaking in chapel about the different misconceptions of the Gospel that exist in the world. He encourages students to repaint Jesus by their actions. Photo by Chelesea Carter

Christian artist, author and speaker Eric Samuel Timm paints a canvas of Jesus while speaking in chapel about the different misconceptions of the Gospel that exist in the world. He encourages students to repaint Jesus by their actions. Photo by Chelesea Carter

A photo of a child representing a region in Africa, Asia, Central or South America appeared on the front of each brochure. The leaflets contained general information about the children and sponsorship materials. Several Crusaders crowded around, seeking to enhance the quality of a child’s life.

Freshman education major Laura Briner, along with her friends, decided to sponsor Benson Joab Mwamso, a child from Tanzania.

“We picked him because he lives in a place where there’s AIDs,” she said.

Briner and her friends, freshman nursing major Ciara Prailey, freshman computer science major Kate Schladenhauffen and freshman accounting major Maizey Cardy are splitting the payment on the donation to Benson each month.

The friends learned that they share a common interest with Benson.

“He plays soccer and … three of us play soccer,” Briner said.

Briner believes sponsoring Benson will be a great experience because of her love for kids and desire to teach. She thinks the presentation in chapel showed students how fortunate they are.

“It should be an eye-opener to people that we are so spoiled,” she said.

Timm’s message on “repainting Jesus” was that enlightenment for some. “Repainting Jesus” refers to Christians leading by example and using their daily actions to reverse fallacies about God’s message.

“We can go rescue, feed and clothe, and end malaria, but what would  profit a man if he gains all the food, the clothing that he needs, but he loses his own soul?” he said.

Timm began his presentation in chapel receiving laughs from the audience, but quickly awed them with his painting. His canvas revealed an image of Jesus painted in black and red, previewing his message.

However, Timm does not always speak when he paints. Sometimes he paints on stage as another speaker addresses the audience or during a concert while a band is playing.

The combination of Timm’s artistic ability and desire to speak was not something he planned on doing.

“It wasn’t something I necessarily decided because I didn’t really set out to do any of this,” he said. “It was a discovery along the way.”

Conversely, Timm’s understanding of compassion developed early in life.

“The perspective that people are in this world and they need our help happened at a very profound burning bush moment for me when I was in Romania in high school,” he said.

Timm travels across the states 200 plus days each year reaching people with his ministries uses No One Underground, a ministry that uses art to fight darkness in the world, and Painting Hope, a non-profit organization that provides hope through art.

More information about Timm’s ministries is available online at www.nooneunderground.com and at www.paintinghope.com. Students can purchase merchandise affiliated with No One Underground at www.noustore.com.

Timm said, “Live your life in a way that draws people to Jesus, that doesn’t push people from him. Find the misconceptions of the Gospel that exist in this world and repaint Jesus, not just with what we say but with what we do.”

Author: Chelesea Carter

Chelesea Carter is a senior English major minoring in writing at UMHB. She is an assistant page editor for The Bells newspaper. Though she came from the small town of Caldwell, Texas, she spent most of her teenage years in Aggieland. Chelesea enjoys baking delicious goodies, reading novels and discovering new things about others. Writing about social issues allows Chelesea to share her compassion for helping others. Her life-long goal is to improve the desolate state of the world.

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