Artist donates collection to East Texas Baptist University | Local News

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MARSHALL — Artist Rachel Wimpey has donated a 7-panel series depicting the Genesis account of God’s creation to East Texas Baptist University.

Wimpey also is a teacher and former gallery owner from Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to information from ETBU. The artwork, called “Let There Be,” now is on display full time in the Great Commission Center in the third floor Creation Gallery at the university. It originally was commissioned for the Institute for Creation Research in Dallas.

She also donated two other works titled “All I Have,” a depiction of Jesus feeding the 5,000 found in John 6, and “Lion of Judah.”

“Nothing is more powerful than the Word of God,” Wimpey said during a recent chapel service at the Marshall university. “How do we know that? We see it in Genesis 1. When God speaks, everything changes. The atmosphere, the molecules, everything is in alignment with what He says.

“I’ve really learned about the power of God in doing this project. We have to work very hard to do things. I worked for two years on this project. God, in a moment and in a word, creates whatever He wants. The power that we have is based on His Word. As you look at these works of art here at ETBU, I want you to be reminded of that. I pray that it stirs up faith and hope for you and reminds you that nothing is more powerful than the Word of God.”

After completing her art degree from Dallas Baptist University, Wimpey worked as a director’s assistant at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, according to the university.

Prints of her biblical pieces can be found in churches, offices, homes and community spaces around the world, including Brazil, Peru, South Korea, Ghana, Germany and England.

During the past 11 years, she has used the medium of paint to depict spiritual realities and spiritual truths, which is evident in her work that centers on biblical themes, according to ETBU.

“I’m telling you the world needs Jesus,” she said. “I’ve been around the world. We have an answer, and we have the truth, and it is our job to share it. It is time for the people of God to rise up and stand for truth. And just because you’re in college does not mean that you have to wait until you graduate or get a job to take a stand. You can right now, and we need you to right now.”

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