Interview: Myra D.
Updated: May 27
Myra D. was a student in the first School of Cartooning and Animation (SoCAM) in 2010 and has served for 17 years in frontier missions. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Myra is a mother of two and illustrator of several children's books, and now leads Create Seeds from Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Design with honors from Swinburne University of Technology and received ministry training through YWAM's University of the Nations, as well as having done online training under professional international children's book illustrators.
Q: How did you first get involved in art and missions?
I’ve always loved to draw. My first mural attempt when I was under 5 years old… my mum wasn’t too impressed about me doing it on her wall, of course. Fast forward, after I finished high school in Indonesia, my parents sent me to Melbourne, Australia to study graphic design. Along the way to my graphic design degree, I fell in love with children’s book illustration.
It was also during my time in Australia that I found Jesus. I grew up as a devout Catholic girl, however, until then, I hadn’t known God personally. Not long after that God placed missions in my heart. It was during a church retreat when we were interceding for Indonesia. The call to mission was born in the place of prayer.
Q: Why did you join Create International?
When God called me for international mission work, I have always believed that God can use whatever we have in our hands. I was quite sure God didn’t call me to leave my art and design skills to be a church planter in the middle of nowhere.
After I graduated from university, I felt a strong call to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Holland. After that, I went to Colorado to do another YWAM school, I felt the Lord spoke to me very clearly to go to the office and open the University of the Nations catalogue and lo and behold, I found a page about Create International. When I checked out the website, my jaw literally dropped, as everything about Create International’s values and vision aligned with what I believed was the call of God on my life: to reach the unreached people groups in the world through visual communication. It was a light bulb moment for me and a couple months later I found myself in Perth, Australia, working with Create International.
Q: Tell us how and why you started Create Seeds.
I joined Create International in 2003 with the heart and hope to do children’s books for unreached children. However at that time, Create’s projects were heavily film-based and we weren’t doing anything for unreached children. I had to put that desire and vision on the shelf for many years! During those years, God taught and prepared me for what was to come. After 15 years of waiting and preparation, both Calvin and Carol Conkey (our international directors and founders) and myself felt the release from God that we needed to start a Create International team that focuses on producing resources for unreached children.
Why children? One thing that every kid on this planet has in common: they all love pictures and stories! Pictures can speak more than a thousand words across language barriers. One-third of the world’s population is under the age of 15. There are more than 1.2 billion children in that 4/14 window¹ and they are amongst the most “unreached” and “overlooked” people in the world.
However, they are also the most open and receptive population. Our Lord wants the children to come to Him, so it is our hope and desire that through the arts and media resources we make, many unreached children would start their journey in seeking and finding Jesus.
Q: What are some of the projects that you worked on that you especially enjoyed creating?
I have to say I was having a blast working on The Great Victor book. It’s a children’s book that tells the story of God’s love, human betrayal and redemption. The main target audience is Thai kids, but we have it available in English and German as well. Another project that I enjoyed creating was a gospel coloring story and activity book for Chinese kids.
“It is our hope and desire that through the arts and media resources we make, many unreached children would start their journey in seeking and finding Jesus.”
Our team is now busy working on several things. We are developing our very first online training, called “Create Children’s Books for Missions.” We’re also partnering with YWAM Pakistan in creating some Bible story and activity pages for their outreaches. Also, we are creating another version of God’s Way Coloring Book for Afghan kids, which we hope to make into a short animation someday as well.
Q: If someone were to join your ministry, what kind of qualities should they have?
First and foremost is passion for Jesus and His Word and secondly, a heart to reach unreached children. Skills-wise, we would really love to have someone with animation/motion graphic skills, someone who knows how to develop apps and we need children’s book writers too. And of course, if you’re an illustrator, there’s always a place for you. And guess what? If you’re interested to join us you can work remotely from where you are at! Fun right?
- Wendy H.
“The world of children between the ages of 4 and 14 living in the 10/40 window which is the geographical region between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator—where most people unreached by the Gospel live.” https://cmfblog.org.uk/2013/10/01/the-414-window-probably-the-worlds-most-strategic-mission-field/