Scott is a touring painter, performance artist, and creative curate who mixes autobiography, aesthetics, and comedic narrative to create experiences that speak to our deepest stories. Watch for the newest editions of Scott’s Icons of Hope throughout the year — and share them with your personal reflections on social media.
No. 6: Children
If persecution continues to rise at its current rate, our children will suffer more for their faith than any generation before them. But these traumatic experiences don’t have to harden their hearts. We can help nurture the next generation of resilient faith.
Give now to help the children of the persecuted church through emergency relief, medical care, trauma counseling, and spiritual support. Order your own copy of this artwork from Artist-in-Residence @ScottThePainter at ScottEricksonArt.com.
No. 5: India
On paper, India is the world’s largest democracy. But in practice, India’s religious violence is at an all-time high. That should startle us. But here’s the beautiful thing: when faced with the choice between faith and safety, people in India are choosing faith anyway.
Give now to help victims of religious violence through emergency relief, medical care, trauma counseling, and spiritual support. Order your own copy of this artwork from Artist-in-Residence @ScottThePainter at ScottEricksonArt.com.
No. 4: Afghanistan
It’s virtually impossible to practice faith in Afghanistan. Those who are discovered — or even suspected — risk kidnapping, torture, and even death. Those who escape face the difficult task of finding safe harbor and rebuilding their lives.
No. 3: Iran
If choosing faith meant choosing prison, would you still? In Iran, Christianity has been driven underground, forced to practice in secret. Government raids of home churches are common, threatening an estimated 800,000 Christians with interrogation, torture, and arrest. Many are sentenced to decades-long imprisonment on false charges of “threatening national security.”
No. 2: Nigeria
Nigeria hosts the most religiously-motivated violence in the world. But the Church in Nigeria isn’t growing silent in response. Hajaratu, a woman who lost everything – including a child – in an attack by religious extremists, responded by singing: “Only words of gratitude, only words of gratitude. All I have to offer you, my God, are words of gratitude.”
No. 1: North Korea
North Korea is the world’s most dangerous place to be a Christian: Tens of thousands of prisoners are enduring labor camps and imprisonment solely for their faith in Jesus. This artwork depicts the flame of faith that remains burning deep within North Korean prisons.