The Gift That Keeps on Giving by Debbie Potter

The Gift That Keeps on Giving by Debbie Potter

Every Sunday when the doors open at Trinity Baptist Church, children excitedly enter the doors of the Ark in the children’s building. One of the first images that the children see is the giant, life-sized elephant, which was the first animal to enter the ark at TBC. The expression on the kid’s faces as they point to the animals is one of delight, and then as they creep slowly ever closer to the animals, their expression changes to apprehension as they wonder if it’s okay to pet the animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That became the scenery in the children’s area in 2006 when artist Shawn Bridges said “yes” to a huge project that now encompasses the entire building. As Shawn painted, the Bible came to life for children. The bottom floor is the story of Noah’s Ark with over 500 life sized animals; the top floor has twenty one Bible stories starting with the Old Testament and ending with the ascension of Jesus. Shawn painted the building as a “gift” of service to the children of Trinity. That was over thirteen years ago. As the building has aged the walls began to peel in some places. I was so concerned about what would happen to the painting, so I thought the best person to ask would be Shawn herself. “How do we fix this?” The next week Shawn called me and said “I am coming to San Antonio to fix the painting.” One week in April, she and Gary made the trip from Colorado to give her gift again to the children of Trinity. Shawn is an example of true servanthood. She continues to say “yes” when she is called on to use her gifs to glorify God. We are so blessed to have her continue to bless us.