Rainer Kurm is an artist who is involved with the Artest + network of Christian artists in Latvia and Estonia.
When did you trust Christ?
I made my decision to follow Jesus in 2004. I had many questions about God and the Bible. I had several colleagues and friends who were Christians. They answered my questions and helped lead me to saving faith in Christ Jesus.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
I am an artist. I have spent the last few years working as part of a network for Christian artists in Estonia and Latvia. This group of believers is my community and they have helped me grow both as a Christian and as an artist.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
Being at the Forum is so helpful because I have the opportunity to work with other Christians artists from the network of Christian artists in Estonia. I learn more about what it means to be a Christian artist. I get meet other Christian artists from all over Europe to see what they are working on and how they are using art to proclaim our creator in their own local contexts.
What is your ministry?
I am part of the Artest + network of artists in Estonia and Latvia. We organize festivals, art camps, and workshops for Christian artists in these countries. We also organize art exhibitions in galleries and museums. For example, we recently organized an exhibition with work by 20 different artists in a museum in Latvia centered on the theme of physical disability. Our goal is to glorify the creator with our work and to create spaces for Christian artists to be able to communicate the truth of the Gospel through their art.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have previously helped to organize art exhibits in Estonia.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
God is a creator and He is a creative God. He has created us in His image to be creators. I believe that as artists we can reach out to secular people with our art who would otherwise never enter a church or consider God.