nine years

Dreams Do Come True, pt. 1

As Eleatta makes others' dreams come true, her own dreams unfold.

On the third Friday of each month, Eleatta Diver can be found at Goldenbelt Art Studios in Durham, North Carolina on "open studio" night. You might witness the unveiling of her newest painting and if you want to chat with the artist, you can count on her asking,"What is your dream?"

Eleatta and her husband of twenty-nine years, Brian,  have five children. The older ones are  making their  mark in society while the youngest is in middle school. A home-schooling  mom,she made her family's needs the priority for twenty-three years.

Shift

Six years ago,  Eleatta's  art moved from the back burner of her life to the front. She began to create  from a new medium, trash. Soon after,  a series of events occurred that would make it clear  that her artwork was a catalyst for change .  King's Park International , the Diver's local church set a goal to purchase a home for the African Children's Choir , a troupe of  singing orphans  who perform concerts throughout the world.It was the desire of the church to provide them a home base  while they are in America, where they can rest, play and focus on their studies. Hence, the fund-raising began.

Eleatta saw the correlation between her medium of trash and these children,orphaned by AIDS and viewed by their countries' as disposable.  Discarded items  and the orphans could all be considered without value,but her creative eye saw what the founders of the choir saw.  Just like her trash was transformed into art she realized what  the children needed for transformation was for someone to look at them with a different eye. Eleatta chose to look beyond the obvious and into the potential. From that experience, the Redemption series was birthed.

"Redemption is a word that is pregnant with hope...it carries with it the idea of re-purposing or redefining...the assurance that something that is wrong can be made right.

Sales from the Redemption series were applied to the purchase of the Mirembe House, where the African Children's Choir enjoys rest on six acres when they are touring in the area. Eleatta's life as a working artist began when she availed her giftings to better the lives of others.

Look for Part 2  of Eleatta's journey on Thursday, Sept. 30th.

Eleatta's blog is an oasis of inspiration offering insights into her latest pieces, surprise offers, as well as links to purchase prints.
To view a more thorough tour of Eleatta's painted parables, you may visit www.eleatta.com.

To learn more about the Mirembe Capital Campaign, go to: http://www.kpic.org/ministries/missions/acc.html

Images may not be copied or printed without permission from the artist.

The Happiness Tour Begins in Texas

One tour, one goal, seven countries, eleven months, 75,000 people. Life-Change Specialist, David Garcia will spend the next year speaking in schools, churches, youth camps and jails. "My calling is to strengthen people  through laughter." His "you can do it" message comes from experience. David wasn't an ideal student. He was hyperactive, liked to make people laugh and didn't know how to channel his energy.

"Shut your mouth Microphone Man!" were words spoken by one of his teachers."Who would have known that she would be right? I make my living on a microphone!" says David. "My senior year in high school, my teacher said,"Mr. Garcia, you are going to have a tough time if you plan to go to college." She was absolutely right. I did have a hard time. I had to work full time and it took me nine years to finish my Bachelor's degree, but I did it. Now all my energy works to my advantage. I'm working on a doctorate, doing public speaking and I run fifty miles a week. I'm a twenty-first century missionary. Wherever I go, I want to impart joy, because laughter is the language of love."

David speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.While the Happiness Tour begins on the Texas/Mexico border, this fall he will take his message to Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. He captures the attention and the trust of his audience with his sketch comedy and once the audience is captivated, he becomes a straight-talker, motivating people to believe they have the capacity to impact the world in a positive way . He uses personal anecdotes as examples that faith and perseverance are explosives that pave the way for change.

I believe every human being deserves to be happy and fulfilled in life.

This former hyperactive boy turned multi-lingual motivator believes that each person has value and a mission in life, and his goal is to point as many as possible in the right direction.

To have David speak for your organization, go to davidedwardgarcia.com

See David in action @ Youtube.com/lifechangespecialist