Cierra’s Sunrise (Fundraising Art Project)

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Cierra’s Sunrise (Fundraising Art Project)

Need a special gift? God’s inspiring world prompted Holly Bertke to a create a special artwork she titled “Cierra’s Sunrise”, which provides a base for artworks for purchase where all funds support Cierra Otting’s upcoming missions trip to Gabon, Africa to continue her work there.

Cierra has participated in Gabon Africa mission trips and is currently raising funds to return there soon. Enter Holly Bertke, a photographer who captured “Cierra’s Sunrise” early this fall at her home. “The serenity of the fog mixing with the bright sunrays created a beautiful palette,” Holly said.

Holly used enhanced original photography along with the Isaiah 32:18 Bible verse to create this special artwork, which can now be ordered at the church (see forms in the lobby). All proceeds from orders will be given to the fund for Cierra Otting’s missions trip to Gabon, Africa. Prints are ordered on Thursday of each week until this special fundraising sale ends on December 17.

“I thought of Cierra leaving home to go to Gabon and the insecurities that could come with that,” Holly said. “God reminded me of the peace I felt that morning when I took this photo and prompted me to share it with others in support of Cierra’s journey.”

Canvas wrap prints (ready to hang) are available in a 18 x 24 size at $125 with a 12 x 16 size at $80.

Giclee paper prints (ready to frame) are available in 18 x 24 sizes at $105 with a 12 x 16 size at $55.

Completed orders and cash/checks can be turned in at the church office. Please make checks payable to Holly Bertke.

Cierra continues this special story below…

“While I am there I will do doing some work in collaboration with E4 at the Hope House. I will also be doing some volunteer work at a non-profit called Nothing is Lost. My education is in counseling and sociology and they are a counseling organization so that is a very exciting opportunity. We are also looking into me teaching English classes through Nothing is Lost as well. I will be staying with MG, which is super exciting in its own right! I am excited about being able to be a part of daily life there, not just as a short term visitor.

In regards to “Cierra’s Sunrise”: this whole process has been one of the most humbling experiences I have ever been through. When I stood on stage at church and told them I was ready to go back and I needed their help to get there, they really rose to the occasion, in more ways than just this picture. When Holly told me about the picture all I really remember is thanking her and giving her a hug. I have been so over whelmed and in awe this whole process I feel like I am having a delayed reaction time. God just keeps giving me the gift of being able to see clearly His people moving to make things happen for His Kingdom, and it’s awesome!

Also: I have a blog I have been sharing more of this journey on. The website for this is: cmotting.wordpress.com” – Cierra Otting

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