The Jack Shaper Grant

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Jack was a young man who understood the path of grief as well as a strength and soulful beauty only encountered by those who know deep wounds.  By the age of 8, he endured the tragic loss of a younger sister, and then buried his father at the age of only 12.  With the support of an extraordinary mother who knew when to try to rescue him, when to allow him the freedom and grace to struggle, and always to join him in the depths,  Jack had the authenticity and courage to grapple with questions and admit when answers remained complicated or even absent.  Through the arts and music specifically, Jack found an avenue that gave voice to angst, a place to experience healing, and even some answers too complex for words to satisfy.

On March 2nd, 2015, a tragic car accident claimed his life at the age of 24, leaving behind a family and friends who will celebrate the gift of his life for the rest of theirs.  Yet we know his last breath here was his first breath in a place far more lovely – where music finds its ultimate source of beauty.

The Jack Shaper grant is awarded annually to a Wellspring International project that engages in the creative arts as a therapeutic tool to process through pain and grief. For some, restoration and ultimately redemption are not always encountered through an explanation, or even a conversation. It is instead, rather, through the healing balm of compassion.

The Jack Shaper Grant is awarded annually to a Wellspring International project that engages in the creative arts as a therapeutic tool to process through pain and grief.  For Fiscal Year 2019, the the Children Services provided by Word Made Flesh located in Bolivia, were awarded The Jack Shaper Grant.  Through Social, Cognitive, and Spiritual growth, the trained social workers at Word Made Flesh come alongside children and families to guide them through the stages of support and prevention.  The Children’s Services are a part of Word Made Flesh, which feels “called and committed to serve Jesus among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor”.  It is their beautiful mission to come alongside some of the most vulnerable and wounded, helping them endure and face grief, and recover hope, belief, life, and faith.

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For some, restoration and ultimately redemption are not always first encountered through an explanation, or even a conversation.  It is instead, rather, through the healing balm of compassion.  The creative arts have the ability to do just that as they engage body, mind, and spirit in acknowledging the past, embracing and giving expression to the present where words alone fail or escape us, and finding meaning and hope in future.

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Written by Rachel Davis, Operations Manager and Senior Project Analyst of Wellspring International.

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