Henna and the Gospel

Elijah was afraid because the ungodly sought to kill him, so he ran for his life and fled Jezebel.

After a day’s journey through the wilderness, he rested under a tree and asked God to take his life. But twice an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him to arise and eat, for the journey ahead was too great for him. So he ate and drank and went in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to the mount of God.

There, Elijah came upon a cave and lodged in it. The word of the Lord came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. But the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant and killed your prophets with the sword. I am the only one left and they seek to end my life.”

 And God said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and rocks, but the Lord was not in the wind.

And after the wind came an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.

After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.

And after the fire came a still, small voice. At the sound of this whisper, Elijah stood at the entrance of the cave.

Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus and continue on in the way I have set before you. You will not be alone, as I will leave seven thousand God fearers in Israel.”

{story taken from 1 Kings 19}

 Storytelling is one of the main forms of education throughout the entire world. Jesus himself taught people orally, using stories and parables. Believers today in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East combine oral Bible storying and henna, a temporary artwork drawn on the skin, to share the story of the Gospel.

Many stories in the Bible contain visual symbols that can easily be used as a basis for henna drawings. Refer back to the words/phrases in bold that represent visual symbols in the story of Elijah. In this drawing, one can use these nine simple symbols to remember the story of when God provided peace to Elijah when the enemy sought to destroy him.

If a believer is wearing henna and there is a story in the drawing, she can share it with people she meets. If a believer is doing henna art for a group of women, it’s a great time to tell stories about the love and forgiveness of Christ. Henna storying allows many women around the world to learn about Jesus by using an art form that’s been passed down for centuries.

* Pray for persecuted South Asian women believers to stand firm in their faith
* Pray that African women will have opportunities to hear and understand the Gospel
* Pray that the fear of persecution would not prevent Middle Eastern women from responding to the Gospel
* Pray that Christian workers would be bold in taking the Gospel to the darkest reaches of the world as they share Christ through the use of henna


9 responses to “Henna and the Gospel

  1. Great approche to Storying.

  2. Sandi Slaughter

    You look great! My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  3. Thanks for the prayer requests. I’m glad I got to see the henna drawing and heard the story while we were with you in Texas. It must be a very useful tool to sharing the Gospel. Did you see the full moon tonight?

  4. I love you!

  5. I want one!

  6. Maridith! This is so pretty actually! Love the site!! Praying for you both daily!!

  7. This story/video was inspiring.
    I hope it encourages you too.

  8. Great idea! (I’m really tempted to save the middle finger one and send it to Pete!)

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