the beginning

In my life time I have been raised and encouraged to serve in the church community. I have been given a gracious family that encourages me in all positive endeavors. Serving and being given the opportunity to serve seems to be presented to me in many different ways, whether I have the heart to do so or not. This may be a struggle of self for many others, as it is for me but I find that the Love that only the Lord can give encourages and reminds me to be a servant.

An opportunity to serve has always been available at Delaware Valley’s Camp Manatawny. In 2005, I had attended the camp for five years and decided it was my time to give back and serve. I served my dad who was at that time directing the camp’s Junior High retreat. I planned for a normal weekend making my break through as the next cool counselor but it was a different beginning for me.

Prior to the retreat my youth minister, who assisted my dad, asked me to visit him. As we sat in his office discussing plans for the retreat he brought up Mike Lewis and told me of his work, painting portraits of Jesus during a worship service. I sat and thought to myself, “I can do that,” and little did I know that he would ask me if I felt comfortable enough to do that at the retreat. Quickly I said, “That I would give it a try,” unsure if I was capable. Later that week I purchased a few canvases and gave it a try.

From then on, I have been blessed to continue my work serving and worshiping God with my talents. Hopefully, with my work I have touched the lives of others by giving them another way to sit at the feet of Jesus.

Ben Williams

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14 Responses to “the beginning”

  1. Its such a great thing of u letting God work through you, to teach others through you, keep it going! Never regret or worry about your work or get frustrated, cause nothing is in vain for God..
    God bless you Ben =)
    eriKa ( PerU)

  2. Wow man, thats pretty great stuff. I’m extremely impressed and it’s awesome that you’re serving God with your talents. Keep it real man and stay strong, later and God bless.
    -Hunter

  3. Very awesome work, God has giving a powerfull gift here!
    Thank you for sharing it with us! And please keep it up
    many blessings

  4. Another friend of your Dad’s stopping by… just wanted to say hey! Your work is great! God bless. -Lisa Leichner

  5. You Rock! Keep Rockin’ with Him!

    Maggie, of Magnanimity

  6. […] That he did, too! Like many young people I know, Ben has been blessed with a variety of talents. He is very artistic. As a father whose primary concern is with his son’s spiritual development, it is soul-satisfying to see him using these talents to inspire and encourage others in their walk with the Lord. If you will permit me a moment of indulgence as a proud father, I’d like to invite you to take a look at some of Ben’s work. You can do so by visiting his blog, impressionsofjesus. […]

  7. I know of no greater feeling we get as fathers than to see our sons give their talents to our heavenly Father. I know God will bless you in this Ben. Always live it for Him. God bless.
    Keith

  8. Wow! I am impressed. What a talent you have—your renderings evoke thousands of words and emotions. What a great ministry.
    Blessings to you
    Peace
    Neva

  9. Ben, I was very moved by your drawings. God has given you a very special gift, and it so wonderful to see that you use it for His glory. May God’s glory surround you!

  10. Hey Ben, you’re sister is right, this stuff is amazing!!!! Wow that’s so great, it makes me want to do more to share. I’m a writer in case I didn’t tell you that while you were here… at art school lol. Wow!!!! I’m totally blown away, that’s awesome, it makes me want to do more!

  11. Praise God for the gift He has given you and that you use that gift to glorify Him! I was touched by your work; such a humbling experience and reminder of what our Savior did so that we may have abundant and everlasting life. Thank you for sharing! Be so very blessed.

  12. Ben, I am very honored to have an original hanging in my house. You do great work and I am proud that I get to call you family, both spiritually and physically. I am sorry that I have not gotten to watch you grow up, but I can tell that you have become a great young man and that makes me very happy. Keep up the good work and I hope to get to see you and the rest of the family soon.

  13. This is such an awesome way to present the message of our Lord and Savior to others! You are able to share aspects of Christ’s life with those who are not familiar with it as well as make it personal for those of us who are ever growing with the Lord. I’m super glad to have the chance to room with you this semester. Thank you Ben for making a site which can shine like a beacon for all those looking for salvation in a world full of corrupt minds, hearts, and bodies. May the Lord continue to bless this ministry.

  14. Wow this is awesome! Take care of your heart brother, and remember that “…if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall”!! blessings, Diego.

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