Illustrating Christianity

Ian Coate Logo Christianity has played a big part in my life. In the early 2000’s, my wife and I worked with our church creating a series of free books and resources for a missionary outreach in India and Africa.
It was through this experience, we came to understand that many Christian Ministries around the world are trying to spread God’s Word, usually with no budget. It became evident to us that there was a great need for “free” Christian artworks to aid in communicating the Good News of Salvation.

 

So each week, my wife and I decided to dedicate a day creating free Christian resources for anyone to download at no cost or obligation – 'so all may hear the Gospel'.

Free Christian Resources and Bible images

As the demand grew worldwide for our Christian illustrations, Sue and I took the next step and created a dedicated website simply called: FREE CHRISTIAN ILLUSTRATIONS.

Free Christian Illustrations

If you are a Christian teacher or missionary, our FCI website has free resources to aid in your ministry - without any obligation.

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A Personal Note on Christianity:

Today, it’s becoming increasingly unpopular to be seen as a Christian. Sadly, Christians are now widely viewed as being judgemental hypocrites that ignore science.  Many think Christianity is completely redundant and those that still hold to those beliefs are foolish.

I do understand why many people have rejected Christianity; they are disillusioned (and often disgusted) by the atrocities done in the name of religion. Furthermore, they believe the theories in science have now disproven God. 

Jesus Christ and RelgionLike everyone else, I cringe when I hear of the ungracious things said and done by religious people and the predatory crimes committed.  But these actions are not endorsed by Christian teachings.  What must be remembered is Jesus Christ condemned these actions and was no fan of organised religion.  In fact, it was religious people that conspired to nail him to the cross. When Christ was alive, he took a firm stand against hypocritical religious leaders; he tossed spiritual-swindlers out of the temple who were fleecing the public; he courageously stood between religious fanatics ready to execute a woman charged with adultery. We can see through Christ’s life that all Christians should be firmly against crusades, inquisitions, terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, human sacrifice, suppression of women and abuse of children. Sadly, this isn’t always so.

Organised religion has given Christianity a reputation it doesn’t deserve. If we reject Christianity on the basis of the despicable things done and said by religious people, we have judged Christianity and God unfairly. 

As to Christianity being unscientific, you may be surprised how many modern scientific thinkers are Christians.  (Check out Wikipedia’s: List of Christians in Science and Technology.)   As science progresses and discovers the complex designs behind creation, more and more analytical thinkers are rejecting unproven theories of evolution (where it is believed everything in the natural world originally appeared from nothing), and are considering that there is a Creator behind the complexities in creation.

I think it sad that society in general has become indifferent and even hostile to Christianity. I believe people will find great meaning and purpose to life if they would just give Christianity a hearing and consider its Gospel message. 

With that said, I do not wish to push my views on anyone, so I have put my Christian Illustrations and publications on a separate website.  If you are interested to ponder some easy illustrations on Christianity and why you should consider it, you are invited to visit our website: FREE CHRISTIAN ILLUSTRATIONSAs the title implies, everything on the website is free and we don’t solicit donations.

Below are some Christian subjects you may be interested in pondering.
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For Christian teachers or missionaries, our FCI website has free resources to aid in your ministry - without any obligation.

Biblical Timeline Scroll
Australian Childrens Book Illustrations
Jesus Christ: The Door - The Way
Book illustration for free printable eBook at "Free Christian Illustrations"
Jesus Christ Gospel
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Encouraging Feedback from You:

We certainly appreciate your emails informing us how our small ministry has helped your ministry.  These emails encourage us to keep uploading free content. No one is more amazed than us how our little ministry is being utilized worldwide. Below are some emails we have received letting us know the clever ways our illustrations are being used.  Thank you so much for taking the time to contact us.

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INDONESIA: My name is Ratna, at first I need to thanks to Jesus for you two who let us to use your illustrations for free. Thanks for the ebook, biblecard, and the bibleclipart, thats very helpful for me and my team, specially for my sunday school students. Yup, i am a Sunday school teacher at Malang city, Jawa Timur, Indonesia. I hope, i can receive weekly illustration email from you, to enrich my material lessons and make my students love to learn about bible more and more with your illustration. Jesus bless you  and your family always, more than you be blessing for me and my students through your creation.

BOLIVIA: Hello from Santa Cruz, Bolivia!  I just wanted to write and thank you for providing your materials for free.  I have worked in Bolivia 28 years (in November) and I have spent many, many hours looking for and using graphics to illustrate my lessons (I am not artistic in the slightest).  Almost all websites, with half-decent graphics, charge for them - and sometimes quite a bit.  Your graphics are top-notch and so I was very impressed, not only by the quality, but by the fact that you offer them for free.   Anyway, a great big THANK YOU all the way from South America.  Carolyn.

CHINA: I'm in HangZhou China and I prepare my sunday school class. I want to thank you for your web and pictures, because I can use these in my class, and these pictures are really useful, helpful and so nice. God bless you, thank you again.

PHILIPPINES: I am Shiela, 29 years old and l am from the Philippines.  I really want to thank our LORD JESUS CHRIST for this free Christian illustration site and to you all. I always enter and leave the site blessed.

WASHINGTON: My name is Byron and I am a Christian teacher and principal at a small private school in the state of Washington, United States. I found your wonderful site about three months ago. I have been using the Bible clip art for a Bible game for my students in grades 3-8. It has been a great way for them to learn the Bible and to know Jesus better. They love all the interesting faces and characterizations! I appreciate all you are doing with this. I check often for new clip art images to use in our game at school. I am looking forward to more Bible characters. Keep up the good work!

INDIA: GREETINGS FROM INDIA. I AM WORKING IN THE MISSIONS OF JHARKHAND. WE HAVE A RETREAT CENTRE HERE. IT IS A HINDI LANGUAGE SPEAKING AREA. WE DONT HAVE PROPER BIBLE BOOKS FOR KIDS IN LOCAL LAGUAGE HERE. THE BOOKS THAT ARE AVAILABE HERE IS TOO COSTLY FOR THE POOR PEOPLE. I WOULD LIKE TO PRINT SOME BIBLE STORIES FOR THE POOR PEOPLE OF THE LOCALITY. I HAVE SEEN YOUR WESITE AND THE ILLUSTRATIONS. IT WOULD BE VERY KIND OF YOU IT CAN GIVE US THE PERMISSION TO USE YOUR IMAGES FOR PRINTING. I ASSURE YOU THAT THESE IMAGES WILL NOT BE USED FOR PROFIT MAKING, BUT ONLY FOR THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL. WITH LOVE, FR JOBIN.

CHILE: Dear Ian and Sue, just wanna say THANK YOU SO MUCH for your website and illustrations. I´m from Chile, South America.  Yes, the end of the world!!!  And I found your website accidentally, and it´s been very helpful, specially now we are in quarantine, and as church and Sunday school we are making digital material. I´m using your illustrations for Sunday school, and  they are amazing! I think from now, I will only use your work, kids love it! (and me too). Thank you so much! and please, continue drawing!!!!. Claudia

ALABAMA, USA: I found your site years ago and have used it many times to illustrate our Sunday School Lesson!  Now working with Adult Senior Single Ladies, they always turn to the back page of my handout to see your illustration first!  May God continue to bless and keep you! Merle

SOUTH WALES: Just wanted to say thanks.  I have just found your website and have used some material to fill space in our Parish Magazine. Best wishes from Edwina, South Wales, UK

QUEBEC CANADA: I will use your images in your website to create animation cartoon video for french speaking peoples in youtube. So thank you for all your work. I am a member of a baptist church in the french province of Quebec. God bless you praying for you, Mathieu

USA: I just wanted to say that your labor is definitely not in vain!  Thank you so much for having this website.  I am a home school mom and a children's bible study teacher and it not always easy to have free resources.  God Bless your family and ministry.  Glory to God, and happy thanksgiving.

MUMBAI: Greetings to you in the matchless name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  I am from Mumbai, India… From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank both of you - Ian and Sue. I couldn't help but somehow search for your email so that I can tell you personally how grateful I am (and we are!) for what you do. Not just because we are taking a few of your illustrations, but because of the heart that God has given you! It encourages me to do the same. Needless to say, I am absolutely a fan of your illustrations, but more than that, a fan of your heart. Thank you so much once again!  Blessen.

BRAZIL: My name's Andesson. I'm Brazilian and I'm 21 years old. I'm a Protestant Christian and loved your website illustrations… God bless your family and your beautiful work . Know that through small gestures many lives can be transformed , and through these illustrations, many hearts are being filled by good things . Once again : Thank you, God bless you! Obrigado, amigos em Jesus!

SOUTH AFRICA: I am Robert from Cape Town in SA and just want to say thanks a lot for this excellent site you two have and it is really inspiring to read through. Thanks again and have a wonderful day. God bless.

TEXAS: HI, MY NAME IS KEFREN AND MY WIFE’S NAME IS MARCE WE LIVE IN TEXAS, AND WE JUST WANNA THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE WORD THRU THIS ILUSTRATIONS.  IT HAS BLESSED US (MY WIFE AND I).  MAY THE LORD KEEP BLESSING YOU AND GIVING YOU WISDOM TO KEEP SHARING THE MESSAGE THAT BRINGS SALVATION TO ANYONE THAT IS SEARCHING FOR IT

MALAYSIA: My name is Jenny. I am from Malaysia. I thank God for leading me to your website. I am currently a volunteer teacher to the Myanmar refugees in Malaysia. There are 70 Myanmar refugee schools registered with UNHCR here. The school that I teach in has 150 kids aged between 6 to 18. I teach the older children who understand English and they are in Year 6 and Form 1. And I also teach once in a while in a care group of my church. Recently I discover your website as I was searching for some stories and illustration to help me teach better.

CANADA: THIS WEBSITE IS ASTOUNDING!!!  WHAT A BLESSING!!!  I hope it remains available in cyberspace forever.   Thank you soooo much for sharing your talents and your Christian messages and lessons.  Awesome.  Well done. With Love in Christ, Hope. (Ontario, Canada)

PHILIPPINES: Greetings from the Philippines.  I'd like to commend your work in spreading the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ through your website and your generosity in freely giving as we Christians have freely received…  I truly enjoyed your website and felt uplifted by your work of love in Jesus' name.  Your brother in Christ, Steve .

AUSTRALIA:  I run a Sunday School at a Baptist Church in New South Wales. I am ever on the watch for decent resources, especially colour-in sheets. I stumbled across you today… Finding your site has been an absolute blessing, for many reasons: we have a very limited budget and I am ever on the lookout for material so our kids really 'get it'. I am thanking God for you. Jen

PORTUGAL: My name is Tânia and I´m currently coordinating … children ministry at Portugal. We're using your illustrations every sunday for children's evangelism and Sunday School. I´m really thankful for people like you that give without expecting to get back.

WALES: I wish to personally thank you for all the hard work and personal talents you put into every illustration and selected texts you post… I enjoy reading your messages immensely and meditating on the words within each message. I also pass your messages onto many others who appreciate your work… God Guard Thee And All Who Serve, David & Anne.

GERMANY: …At first we want to say Thank You for your very very cute Illustrations of bible characters. We are so happy for this!! We love God's Word and read it every day.Our greatest wish is that our children learn to love God with all their hearts. Your pictures help us parents to make reading and researching the Bible interesting and exciting for the children. Greetings from Germany, Jacqueline

USA: We’re Lutherans in Stillwater, Minnesota. Your site popped up when I was looking for “reasons to believe” not that I doubt, but I’d like to reason with others better Thank you for making that task so much easier! THANKS, Hank

INDIA: I'm Anand from Nashik, Maharashtra, India. I was trying hard to get Bible people illustrations but could not get but I found you guys, and you are just awesome!!! Really what are you doing is really making difference...thanks for sharing your outstanding art for free. And I believe that God is blessing you for your great work. Thank you.

INDIA:I am a teacher in India… I noticed that my church was struggling to find the right online resources to reach out to the little ones…  Believe me, tears whelmed up in my eyes when I saw your website and your resources to reach out to the tiny tots. Praising God tons for leading me to your work, and moreover, for equipping you with such wonderful talents.

NIGERIA: ...the resources on your website are immense treasure. My heart blesses you for the great work that you do. I mean, so much has gone into preparing those wonderful materials for the children. I'm also amazed that you have made them free for use. This is wonderful! Adefunke,

ANGOLA: I want to thank you so much for the beautiful work you do for the Kingdom of God, it has helped me a lot with your amazing resources, especially the clip arts.  Brâulio

PARIS: I just wanted to thank you for the work that you did for the printable free illustration. I am christian working with young kids (3-6 years old) during sunday school in my local church. I've found your website this morning and I was so glad to find all those amazing pictures. They will help me a lot for the bible storytelling and I am sure that the kids will have a lot of fun looking at the colored and fun pictures. So just to tell you thank you and I wish that God will bless you a lot! Be encouraged in what HE called you to do for the share of the Word of God all around the world.

VIETNAM: Just by chance I discovered your site. It's very useful. Thank you. May God always give you more grace and strength.

CZECH REPUBLIC:  I just want you to know, that I am very grateful for your images of bible characters. I am using them for learning kids about Bible story. Thank you very much. Lara

ALABAMA: I have use most of the illustrations in 'The Christian Adventure' section in our church bulletin and folks have seemed to enjoy them… Thank you so much for allowing us to use the gifts that God has so richly blessed you both with. Ronald

MISSOURI: …I was scanning the web for some activities and color pages when I came across your illustrations. I have since started using your Mini-Biblical clip art for the timeline we started on the walls of our classroom...  I cannot tell you how thankful, happy, excited, and humbled I have been since coming across your website! I discovered y’all on Free Bible images’ site, and after coming to your site I just got more and more excited! I wanted to drop you a note to let you know what a HUGE blessing your site is to myself, my kids, & our classroom walls.

CANADA: I am a Chaplain at a Catholic high school in Ontario, Canada.  I find your website helpful for me to use with my students as I can relate everyday problems in ways that they can relate to.  Thank you for these illustrations.  Keep up the good work!

DALLAS: I have been using your illustrations for months now as I create curriculum for our children's church program. It has been such a blessing and a time saver to be able to quickly and easily find illustrations for our "listening pages". They have made a huge difference in retention, and your site has made a huge difference in my ability to create them! 

CALIFORNIA: ... I am a Sunday school teacher here in California and I run a Spanish language website… your illustrations are so beautiful we would like to use them as much as we can.

INDIA: I noticed that my church was struggling to find the right online resources to reach out to the little ones. The Lord beautifully answered my prayers by leading me to the Book Creator app, but again the question of finding illustrations to put in the online book had weighed me down.  Believe me, tears whelmed up in my eyes when I saw your website and your resources.

SOUTH AFRICA:I want to make a full set of your mini biblical art as machine embroidery files. I feel your illustrations create, welcome friendly characters and small children can relate to the characters.

PHILIPPINES: Shalom! I'm a Pastor from the Philippines. Our ministry is so blessed by your free illustrations. Thank you for sharing your work in the Lord. I'm also planning to use your work on my Online Ministry.

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Gordon CallowTribute to LCPL Gordon Callow

Gordon Callow’s virtue and attitude to life convinced me of the truth to Christianity just as much as his logical argument.
Gordon was a soldier in the Australian SAS who died on 12 June 1996 when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed at the High Range training area near Townsville in Queensland.
He is well remembered and his impact continues.

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