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Save for a slight delay, the CEM sponsored Glastonbury art exhibition called “Lover of my Soul” went ahead in late August and met all expectations. The inclusion of paintings by new team member, Arik Casey, filled in where some previous exhibitors were unable for various reasons to contribute this time around (samples of Arik’s unique art may be viewed through arikcasey.wordpress.com). Particularly impacting was his vivid painting that depicts a butterfly-like soul being released from a melting ice cube on a desert road. One clearly oppressed young lady was visibly impacted by viewing it and transformed through reading the attendant scripture, Jermiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” More Gospel literature was taken by people at this exhibition than all previous ones combined. Passers by were lured in through the open doors from the High Street by upbeat Gospel music provided by Dave & Jenny Dickerson (part of the Celtic service worship team Paul & Carol work with regularly at Chilcompton).

Chairs were set up for those who wanted to listen at length and opportunities for spiritual conversations provided. A downcast mother from eastern Europe and her child found this time to be truly restorative ministry. One European tour guide wanted to know if the event was to be repeated as he wanted to bring entire coach loads of German visitors to experience it. The carving school of Anthony Griffiths proved an inspiring array of subjects lending themselves to the Biblical theme, though many students were not declared Christians, the consensus of comments indicated the event caused them to appreciate the Christian message at a deeper level, “…and provided a needed antidote to what Glastonbury generally has on offer”. Very few visitors showed disapproval, though when approached one middle-aged, New-Age woman spat scornfully, “It’s not my style!” and left quickly in an attitude of convicted agitation. Naturally, Paul plans to keep this a regular summertime event.

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