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West Sabine high school grad uses graphic design to spread faith


Any given day, you're bound to find 18-year-old Tyler Stanley, pencil in hand, creating a work of art.

Now the recent high school graduate is using his artistic ability to share a message of faith.

"Just drawing with a pencil, basically stuff and I finally decided to broaden it out a little bit," said Stanley.

Last week Stanley and other students from Lufkin First Assembly competed against thousands in the Assemblies of God National Fine Arts Competition.

"It's about finding talents that they may not have known they had, developing those talents and then deploying those gifts to be a ministry," said Chris Simmons, Interim Youth Pastor, LFA.

Stanley entered in several categories and took home second place in t-shirt design and first place for graphic design.

These designs were both based on a theme from Acts 20:24 which says, "I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me."

Stanley says he took key words from the verse and used them to help his designs stand out.

"The difference of the graphic design it had a lot more detail in it, it had a three dimensional look and it had a gradient feel," said Stanley.

Stanley says this was his first year to participate in fine arts and not only did he win this trophy but received his school tuition paid for the year.

"God pretty much told me that He was going to provide for me and it's a big deal because before that I would have had to come up with the other $18,000," said Stanley.

Now his aim is to turn his passion for art into a ministry.

"Your talent is really nothing if you're not using it for God," said Stanley.

In two weeks, Stanley will attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie to study media ministry and continue in the race of spreading the word of god

Stanley says he's using the money he makes from selling his t-shirts to pay for books and other school needs. He also hopes to get a graphic design internship.

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