Here’s some pretty big news.
My younger brother, Jed Dorsey, is transitioning from being a full-time Young Life Staff member serving at Arsenal Tech High School to being a full-time artist.
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Jed’s huge heart for the young men and women at Tech and has had a big impact, especially the young men there. Jed and Renae’s home in Indianapolis next to Tech’s campus is a refuge for the kids. They have 50-100 kids in their home each week. Jed will continue to be in the lives of these young people rooted as he is in Indy.
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Jed is also an incredibly gifted artist. His acrylic paintings of nature and city scenes are highly sought after. So now he’s venturing out to make his livelihood as an artist.
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Sunnyshore Studio is honored that we get to showcase Jed’s work in the Pacific Northwest. We’re also tentatively planning an art workshop in the fall.
I’m proud of my brother and his courageous next step of his calling. Here’s the letter that Jed sent out this week:
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Hi Friends,
You may have received this news already through our Young Life newsletter, but I am writing to make sure you know about a big change that is happening for Renae, Willow & me. I am finishing up my last week being on staff with Young Life this week (tomorrow is my last day!), and I am pursuing a full-time career in art. This has been something Renae and I have thought about for quite a while, but we never really thought that I would go off staff completely. But a little over a month ago, it became clear that God was calling us to take a step of faith and trust Him in a new way. So, I wanted to take the time to express a few things:
We are deeply thankful for you all. You have prayed for us and supported us during our time on staff with Young Life at Arsenal Tech. It has truly been a miracle to be able to be on full-time staff at an urban school where there are very limited resources. Our faith has been strengthened and our hearts filled with gratitude for the outpouring of love from God’s people.
We are still committed to urban ministry here at Tech. While this transition has made us realize again how God truly is the one who directs our steps and we can’t always see what He is doing, we feel more called than ever to be where we are. We will continue being YL ministry leaders here where God brought us through many prayers and much support. God is doing a great work in many lives, and we are excited to be part of it.
Again, thank you for your love, prayers and support.
With much love,
Jed, Renae & Willow