FORT WAYNE — Ten years ago, when local artist Mary Hilger started attending concerts featuring international Christian singer/song-writer, Tajci, she never thought that she would eventually be working with her to organize an inspirational evening of music and art. Hilger, who is a full-time teacher has been drawing her entire life. Periodically, Hilger recalls, she would feel inspired by the Holy Spirit to complete a particular piece of artwork as people would sit, watch and pray with her while she was drawing. “God inspired each of those pieces of art and each one has a story behind it,” Hilger explains.
Through prayer and contemplation, Hilger explains that the artwork she produced has been the overflowing of her heart and has helped her draw closer to Jesus. In the spring of 2001, Hilger was seeking an answer to how she could serve God better with her gift of art. She realized that when she drew, she was inspired quickly and felt as though her creations were a prayer and that God had control of her hand. Hilger was drawing portraits of Christ-like people and even Christ, Himself.
So Hilger began drawing more frequently in public settings. “The Holy Spirit would guide my hand to create live spiritual drawings before groups as I listened to inspirational music.” The inspirational music that Hilger used was, quite often, the music of Tajci. “I was so inspired by how she sang with so much heart and such a deep love for Jesus,” Hilger recalls.
After attending one of Tajci’s concerts, Hilger decided to share with Tajci how God was using her as an instrument in an art ministry with inspiration from the Holy Spirit flowing from the chalk in her hand to the canvas in a way that has touched the lives of so many people. Years later, Hilger connected with Tajci’s husband and business manager Matthew Cameron and the fruit of that conversation is the upcoming concert at Queen of Angels parish on May 22.
Tajci, whose full name is Tatiana Cameron, also has a life story of ministering to others through her art. For Tajci, her gift is song. Tajci (TY-chee) was born to a poor family in communist Croatia, and at the age nineteen she became a pop superstar in Central Europe. Now, she uses her musical talents to serve God and the Church and has toured the U.S. and the world in more than a thousand concerts. Tajci will intersperse her conversion story with her singing at the concert.
Hilger stated, “My hope is that this special event will transform hearts. Tajci’s music contains a powerful message, ‘awaken and live life with a purpose.’ I am hoping that attendees, transformed by the music and the art that is guided by the Holy Spirit, will walk away with a renewed heart, willing to follow God’s path to gain a sense of purpose in their life.”
Tickets for this one-night only event are $10 per person, $25 per family and $20 for a VIP Meet and Greet and preferential seating. Babysitting is available for children under 5 and all the ticket sales will benefit Queen of Angels Catholic Church.
More information is available by contacting Mary Hilger at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 260-438-8356.
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