Henna is an art form used here in Niger by women to adorn themselves particularly in preparation for a wedding ceremony. Usually women will decorate their hands or their feet and ankles. It's a beautiful art form. I'm not sure how widely embraced it is in the church. I recently talked with an almost 30 year old Christian colleague who had her hands and feet decorated for the first time which was kind of surprising to me. Regardless, I love the idea that this art form could be used to share the stories of Jesus with women. I have some students in my class whose Moms are learning to do just that. They are practicing on their children who have been coming in and sharing the stories with us.
Here one of my students shares the story of Jesus' birth. What I love about this is that it came so easy to her because we had memorized this portion of scripture together in class.
Here one of my little boys got in on the action with a henna design depicting the story of the prodigal son.
Simple enough that even children can use them as a way to artfully share the gospel. Pray for these moms who are learning to draw these designs that as they develop these skills they would have open doors to share with the women of this country.
If you are interested in a little more of the back story of this idea here's a more professional video sharing just that.