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Traveling artist Paul Wislotski brings communities together with handprint art ministry

Traveling artist Paul Wislotski unites communities through collective handprint art, spreading the love of Jesus Christ and fostering creativity in churches, Sunday schools, and Vacation Bible Schools. His colorful masterpieces provide comfort and encouragement to military personnel, first responders, and those affected by disasters.

Traveling artist Paul Wislotski is on a mission to spread the love of Jesus Christ through a unique form of art that brings communities together. His ministry, which centers around creating collective handprint art, has touched numerous churches and communities across the country.

Statesboro, GA citizens have seen his motor home, which he refers to as a traveling "work of art," around town this past week. On Memorial Day, he sat up shop outside the Averitt Center for the Arts during the Memorial Day service. Citizens and veterans alike paused to participate in his collective art program and learn more about Paul and his ministry.

Paul Wislotski's traveling "work of art"

Wislotski’s approach is simple yet profound: he invites members of churches, Sunday schools, and Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) to contribute their hand prints to large, colorful canvases. This collective effort not only sparks creativity but also serves as a powerful tool for unity and spiritual bonding.

“Collective hand print art is a fantastic way to reach out to a lost and hurting world,” Wislotski said. “By getting everyone involved creatively, we spark the creative spirit of God. And we know what kind of creator God is.”

The process is straightforward. Participants place their hand prints on a cotton bed sheet using oil pastels, crayons, or markers. They are encouraged to be colorful and to draw something meaningful within their hand print, creating a vibrant tapestry of faith and community spirit. Parents and children are especially encouraged to participate together, fostering a special creative bonding moment.

Charles Davis (standing), Bob Marsh (standing painting), Frances Davis (seated painting), and Paul Wislotski (seated with cap)

Once the artwork is complete, the congregation prays over it, asking the Holy Spirit to touch those who will receive it. These hand print masterpieces are then sent to various recipients, including active-duty military personnel, first responders, and communities affected by disasters. Wislotski provides detailed guidelines on how to send these art pieces, ensuring they reach those in need of encouragement and prayer.

“Our goal is to show the world that America’s Christian churches are praying for them,” Wislotski explained. “A handprint piece sent to fellow humans suffering will show that we are sharing and worshipping Jesus with our imagination.”

Local churches have embraced Wislotski’s ministry, finding it to be a meaningful way to engage their congregations and reach out to others.

Pastor Emily Roberts of Springfield Community Church shared her experience: “Our church created a handprint art piece during VBS last summer, and it was an incredible experience. The kids loved it, and it brought our church closer together. We sent our art to a local fire department, and they were deeply moved.”

For those interested in participating, Wislotski provides a list of materials and guidelines to ensure the best results. He also offers support and encouragement through his home church and social media, encouraging participants to share photos of their finished pieces.

As Paul Wislitski continues his travels, he remains dedicated to his mission of spreading God’s creative love. His ministry not only produces beautiful works of art but also fosters a sense of community and compassion that transcends geographical boundaries.

"Honk if you Love Jesus," Paul does.

For more information or to get involved, you can reach Paul Wislitski at 727-560-5019 or visit his Facebook page. Donations to support his ministry can be made via Venmo or Cash App at 727-560-5019.