Fashioned by God

God is the author of love, art and beauty. Yet we've all witnessed the secular fashion industry's tendency to praise entities other than Yahweh.

In fashion news, it's been common to see photos of Anorexia, Bulimia, self-loathing, vanity, darkness, drug addictions and power through sexual perversion. GODSPEED magazine's "Fashioned by God" segment asks the question, "how and where is God using fashion to accomplish His will?"

How is His creation being used to do His will? Are there fashion based ministries Yahweh has anointed? Certainly. Is Jesus visible in believers using fashion to pursue the Great Commission? Yes. Praise The Lord that He created powerful vehicles like music, fashion, film and more to reach the least, last and lost. May they now be reclaimed in Jesus' name.

Current Story: Finding Restoration in Devastation

How God used handbags to create hope

By Roy Van Broekhuizen

Calamity struck Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004, in the form of a 9.2 magnitude earthquake. The subsequent tsunami, with waves up to 100 feet high, killed over 230,000 people and destroyed over 90 miles of coastline in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

On January 3, 2005, I received a call from the Missions Team at our church that would change my life forever: “Are you interested in being Tsunami Relief Coordinator for Saddleback Church?” Thus began my amazing odyssey, in which I witnessed death, destruction and ultimately salvation.

I had never before undertaken this kind of disaster relief project, which involved organizing and distributing volunteer teams, as well as spending $1.5 million in funds that were donated by members of Saddleback. I had only a few days to prepare, so I immediately emailed my contacts in Indonesia. My friend Larry, who has been a long- time missionary in Indonesia, committed to meet me at the small airport in Banda Aceh.

Along with a medical doctor, an orthopedic surgeon, and a retired fire chief, I boarded a grueling 19-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, where we were delayed more than 7 hours due to large numbers of flights filled with relief workers from all around the world. The next flight for Medan, the largest city in Sumatra, took about 1.5 hours and, when we arrived, we were met with yet another delay of five hours. There was no air conditioning and we were all drenched from the heat and humidity.

When we finally landed in Banda Aceh it was late afternoon. Larry was there to pick us up in a small truck. On the drive into the city, we were overwhelmed by a smell so intense...When we finally landed in Banda Aceh it was late afternoon. Larry was there to pick us up in a small truck. On the drive into the city, we were overwhelmed by a smell so intense...When we finally landed in Banda Aceh it was late afternoon. Larry was there to pick us up in a small truck. On the drive into the city, we were overwhelmed by a smell so intense…

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