Great things about writers, conferences: we learn, we share, we network, we gather ideas, we meet new people. One of the people I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference last spring was Miriam Sarzotti. I invited Miriam to join us and talk about the way she found to promote her passion.
Welcome, Miriam. When I first met you, I was immediately impressed by your passion. Tell us about that.
First and most important, I am passionate about my faith in God. I do have a particular heart for Israel and the Jewish people. And I love Israeli ice cream! My most tender passion is being a voice for the voiceless who are trapped in sexual slavery. I’m doing that through my art, writing and advocacy ministry.
Ah, yes. That’s where we really connected. How does your art meld with your passion?
I have loved to paint since the age of three. I mix my love of art with my passion of sharing God’s Word through my signature biblical Scripture art. These collages feature God’s creation with Scripture woven in. Each is a way of demonstrating Isaiah 55:11: “My Word will not return to me void.”
You have recently become associated with She is Safe (SIS). Can you tell us about that?
At the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, you shared your heart with me for SIS. Then I read your books Daughters of Hope and Forgotten Girls. With my heart broken for the young girls in sexual slavery, I prayed and felt led to donate 50% of all my art sales to the work that SIS is doing around the world. Now, I am an advocate for them here in the San Francisco Bay area.
Those two books you mentioned, which I co-wrote with Michele Rickett of SIS, changed my own life. When I wrote Daughters of Hope, it was difficult to find a publisher. Everyone told me, “Americans don’t care about anyone outside their borders.” I am so, so glad to report that we absolutely do care! Miriam, you are also writing a book. Can you tell us a bit about that?
Yes! I am writing my first book of my memoirs that includes my time as a missionary in Israel. My goal is to bring hope to others by showing them how the redemptive love and power of Jesus healed my life from trauma in childhood and on the mission field. It offers self-help sections to show how He can heal your life too.
What words of wisdom do you have for people who are looking for a way to make a difference?
Start by finding YOUR passion. Ask the Lord to show you each small step to take. Then use your gifts, no matter how small, for the Lord. As Zechariah 4:10 states: “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” You will be amazed how He will meet you and open doors for you. Soon you might even be starting a ministry like I did, and being interviewed by Kay for her blog! (LOL!)
That just may be! Any last message for us?
Please visit my website. If you purchase a painting, it will help rescue girls in slavery and abuse. It is one small step you can take to make a difference! The paintings make lovely gifts for home or holidays. View my artwork at www.giftsofhisglory.com.
Thank you, Miriam. Keep up the good work!
You can follow Miriam’s art and writing
journeys on her blog at www.giftsofhisglory.com/miriamsblog.
“Please come follow me!”
“Writing is my new passion, and I am grateful to the Lord for this gift that brings Him glory!”