I was praying one night and the Lord showed me a word: the word was SOUL’D. I wrote down the word, SOUL’D, and felt that I was being led to do something with the word! After pondering the meaning of the word for several days, I shared it with my son, Aramis. I explained, “The word left me with a profound sense of gratitude for the fact that Christ was sold for me”. That was enough to move me to purposeful action to honor Christ’s sacrifice for me. I told him, “I felt led to share this word with him because, in my heart, I knew that the word should be used to make an impact for the Lord”.
My mother came to visit from Hawaii. While my mom was visiting, she told me she had a vision for a word when she was praying one day. The word was SOUL’D. I was immediately impacted by the meaning of SOUL’D when my mom linked the word to our identity in Christ. I felt her passion and was honored that she would share her inspiration with me! My mom is the reason for my relationship with our Father in Heaven which I am so grateful for. I’ve been inspired by watching her make major decisions that honored Christ. She’s always challenged me to strive for greatness. All of these thoughts were in my mind as I spent a few days with her and seeking our Father’s guidance on advancing my mom’s idea.
I prayed.. after my mom went back to Hawaii. Within a few days, our Father showed me a vision for a ministry that “humbled me and left me dependent on Him for further revelation”! Over the next few months, He helped me recognize certain people whom He had placed close to me to assist me with the Assignment.
My good friend, Lisa Nelthropp, was the 1st person I called. Lisa Nelthropp is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist who can, somehow, tolerate the “geek” in me. Our Father had me share the word, SOUL’D, with her along with the vision my mom and I had discussed. Lisa’s reaction blew me away! This is her story…
One night I received a phone call from, my best friend, Aramis Black. He called me to explain that his mother had a vision for a word. He shared the word with me. Aramis further explained that the Lord “told him to share it with me” because he would need help. I remember being so tired and a little grouchy as it was about 9:30PM. I was already in my pajamas and knew I would have to locate the pencils and sketchpad. He emailed me over this word…
The minute I saw the word, SOUL’D, I instantly got a vision for it! The word… it was so powerful! Ready with my sketch pad and pencils, I started sketching. Within 10 minutes I had the Logo for SOUL’D! As I was sketching, I felt that my hand could not go fast enough. The energy I experienced was the Holy Spirit working through me and enabling me to create this logo in such as short time. As I looked at the word everything made sense… You could just look at SOUL’D and just get It! It was like a crossing over to the other side: I felt the power of the Holy Spirit linking me to what Christ had done on the cross for our sins. So many emotions passed through me as I sketched the word, SOUL’D. I knew the word was much bigger than me, and that every person who saw the word would understand its importance. I then took a picture of the sketch of SOUL’D with my trusty little Blackberry, and sent it to Aramis, who then shared it with his mom, Janneth Black, and I went to bed. The sketch of SOUL’D is still on my phone to this day!
I first met Lisa through a mutual friend of ours in April of 2012 when she came down to see my operation. At that time, we just discussed having some of her paintings scanned and reproduced. Not long after… she approached me with the SOUL’D design that she wanted created digitally. It wasn’t long before I nailed the final version of the SOUL’D Logo…and then it went to press. The completion of my hard work was so rewarding! The look on both Aramis and Lisa’s faces, which were filled with joy, was one of my most fulfilling moments in my career as a graphic artist. Their delight will be forever stuck in my mind! To be part of the SOUL’D project means more than just designing another piece of artwork. Our friendship continues to develop while experiencing a higher sense of accomplishment as we progress with SOUL’D… Stay tuned for the expansion of SOUL’D…
“I praise God that He gave Aramis the vision to develop the ministry”