Materials: Pencil Drawings
Description: Earlier this year, we participated in an exhibition organised by our church. Our project was focused on deaf and blind people. Through individual drawings of each of our five senses, we tell the moving stories of how five individuals (aged 30 to 50 years old) worship God despite of their physical impairments.
Drawing of the Hand
Alejandro Gonzales is deaf but that doesn’t stop him from “hearing” God. Whenever he looks at himself in the mirror and every time he picks a Bible to read, he sees and hears from God. “I can’t hear but each time I read the Bible, I’m able to hear God’s voice” he said. He clings to the promise from Psalms 143:6-7.
Drawing of the Mouth
Gerson Ramírez was born deaf-mute. Although he cannot verbally articulate what’s in his heart, he uses his hands to express his worship to God. He trusts that God will fulfill His promises and looks forward to the day he will be in the presence of God and his speech is restored. One of his favorite promises from God is from Psalms 19:1-4.
Drawing of the Ear
Yaned Cuca is deaf but much happier than many others who have all five of their senses intact. She enjoys a close relationship with God which is the result of focusing on God and enjoying His presence all day. She lives as if each day is her last on earth. She often wonders why some people who can hear have no desire to listen to God? Her favorite passage is Isaiah 29:17-18.
Drawing of the Eye
José Ruiz became blind as a result of sickness. Although he was bitter at the start, he has since accepted his condition after coming to believe in Christ. He jokes that he will always find his wife pretty as his only memory of how she looks is when she was 30 years old. His wife is currently 55 years old. His favorite of God’s promises is Isaiah 35:5-7.
Drawing of the Nose
José Gallegos is both blind and deaf but he loves God with all his heart. In order to communicate, he places his hands on the hands of the interpreter to feel the movement and shape of the signs. This is known as Tactile Sign Language. He firmly believes that the breath of life God has given him is all he needs to communicate with God. His life motto is Psalms 150:6.
Artist Feature | Brothers Ink
Brothers Ink is made up of three people: Julian and Oscar Ramírez (we’re brothers) – and our friend, Gabriela Monroy. Growing up, we’ve all shared the same passion for art and creativity, and we each have personal stories of how God met us at our lowest points. Now, we want to tell others about God and show that He is real and that He exists.
We hope to be relevant in today’s secular world – not boring or cliche. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we want our art to convey that everything in life comes from God. Everything we do is because of Him, through Him, and for Him.
Oscar Ramírez: I’m an illustrator and photographer from Colombia, studying graphic design. I first encountered God at the age of 9 when a relative brought me to church. My relationship with God started during the period my parents were going through a divorce.
Julián Ramírez: I’m an illustrator, and graphic and web designer from Colombia. I became a Christian at 16 when my younger brother, Oscar, shared with me about his own relationship with God. At the time, I was struggling with drugs and alcohol and was drawn into church when Oscar shared with me about God being his superhero.
Gabriela Monroy: I live in New York City and am a close friend of both Oscar and Julian. My relationship with God began at the worst time of my life six years ago when my grandmother died in a tragic car accident. In my depressed state, God met me and showed me His love and joy.