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Kristy Burchard
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God in the Graffiti

By Mary Ruth Goochee and Chris Woodland
The 700 Club

CBN.comThis graffiti artist/break dancer talks about how she got into a bad relationship, got pregnant, and then found redemption in Jesus Christ and a new lease on life.

“My name’s Kristy. I draw. I dance. I break dance. I do illustration and murals. My company is Formulated Lines and I love doing it.

“I love various types of dancing, but definitely break dancing is the most passionate. What drew me to break dancing was the fact that there were no girls I knew that did it. I had a brother growing up, and everything he could do, I could do too.

“I just got into the whole New York culture, and from doing that, I met a lot of other friends that were from up North. A lot of my friends that I became really close with were African American.

“Yeah, I looked different and, yeah, everything else about me is different, but that is who I am, because I love all this stuff, all this hip-hop.

I grew up in church my whole life. When I was probably around 16, you start to be a teenager and, ‘Oh, I know everything.’ That’s where God kind of started fading away. I prayed, I still knew He was there, but I’m like, ‘OK, I’m going to do what I think is fun.’

“I was with somebody for four years and we split up, and it was just a horrible relationship. But I prayed and prayed to get out of it. And when everything happened, when I got pregnant and messed up in the worst way and lost everything that I had, I couldn’t dance, I couldn’t do anything. I lost my respect. I really got to the point where I gave myself to God when that relationship ended when I was 22, because it was such a bad relationship. And it was like one of those ones you’re sucked in, yet you can’t let go of yourself. And from God’s power, getting me out of that made me realize how strong God was, because He was the only one that could get me out of that.

“From that point on, I just was just focused on God and it was great.

“I got to the point where I’m like, ‘Man, I have to do something with my life.’ A few of my friends, they drew graffiti, and that’s actually what started me wanting to do graffiti. And then the colleges were coming and they were telling us, ‘You can go to art college.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, I draw. That’s easy.’ That really brought a big direction in my life to go that way.

“From that, God’s helped me get work and build my own business and do a totally different direction I never thought I would want to do. But now that I’m here, I thank God that that’s the way it went. He brought me in the direction He knew I really needed and He knew I really wanted. I appreciated the fact that God has never left me. After everything I’ve been through and every bad thing I’ve done, knowing that I’ve known the right way and I didn’t choose it sometimes, the fact that He’s never left me and I can come to Him and ask for forgiveness and He’s right there.” 

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