In November, twenty-five Courage Ablaze paintings—highlighting the Democratic Republic of Congo’s genocide and massive-scale rape—were donated to various West Michigan refugee non-profits. I would like to thank Marvin Veltkamp for making the donations possible. Marvin, and his wife, Joy, serve the African refugees here in America and in Africa—where they have started a sustainable farm community and help feed over 40,000 Ugandan refugee children in two different refugee settlements.
Although my current work with the Congolese refugees has come to a close, my heart still remains open to future possibilities of reigniting Courage Ablaze. The Congolese people—a people of tremendous courage and unbelievable fortitude—have left an indelible mark on my life. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to meet some of these remarkable individuals.