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About Free Christian Illustrations & Us.

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About Free Christian Illustrations
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Free Christian Illustrations is a non-denominational website created by a husband and wife team, Ian & Sue Coate. They have used their artist ability and computer skills to freely pass on the biblical truths that they in turn have freely learnt. Anyone who desires these Christian Illustrations can use them without cost or obligation. In the sentiment of Matthew 10:8, "Freely we have received, freely we give".

How it began: While teaching his children or witnessing to others, Ian would explain biblical doctrines by creating simple illustrations to help clarify the message in a contemporary way that people could relate to. Ian was often encouraged to write these illustrations down for others to use. Soon a collection had formed and so did the usage. This eventually led to the launching of the “Free Christian Illustrations” website in 2010.
Understanding that most Christian ministries around the world are trying to spread God’s Word with a very limited budget, it became evident to Ian and Sue that there was a great need for “free” Christian artworks. So each week, Ian and Sue decided to dedicate a day to creating Christian resources for anyone to download at no cost. 

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About Ian & Sue Coate
Ian Coate and Sue Coate

Ian Coate artistIan Coate is a military artist and children’s book author / illustrator. He started his career as a soldier in the Australian Army where he was trained as a military illustrator and photographer. It was in the army that he met his wife, Sue.  Ian discharged from the army to become a home-dad and pursue a career as a freelance artist/writer. This led to working with various military museums creating artworks depicting their unit history.  Contrasting his military works, Ian’s love for story and Australia led him down the path of creating children’s books with an Aussie theme. If you wish to know more about Ian, you are invited to visit his website at: iancoate.com

Military Art Ian Coate

Sue Coate in TimorSue Coate enlisted in the Australian army in the mid 80's. She changed from the Royal Australian Corps of Transport to the Royal Australian Signals Corps. Sue served 17 years in the army attaining the rank of Sergeant. She served a 7 month tour in Timor as part of INTERFET in 1999, before leaving the military in 2001. Sue is now a Senior Systems Engineer. She keeps herself fit competing in the Masters Athletics and has been the Australian champion in her age group for High Jump, Javelin and Pentathlon.
Ian & Sue’s three children have all grown up and become a soldier, mid-wife and teacher.

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Mythic Australia - Children's Books by Ian and Sue
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Ian and Sue love travelling Australia creating their children’s book series called: Mythic Australia – a make-believe Aussie universe filled with drop bears, hoop snakes and other mythic creatures only found in the enchanting Land-Down-Under. Mythic Australia is a series of fun books where Ian & Sue share their love of their amazing country through made-up stories that showcase Australia’s unique landscapes, natural beauty, oddities and slang.
Note: these Children’s books are not Christian books and have fantasy themes, but in the spirit of authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, these fantasy stories have strong Christian values and principles.  To learn more about Mythic Australia, you can visit: Mythic Australia.com

Mythic Australia Ian Coate Artist
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A Big Thank You & Acknowledements

A special thanks to Kevin and Yvonne Coate, John & Eileen Mennen and David Webb who have given graciously of their time to edit our Christian Illustrations. To Alan and Caroline Garstone, Geoff and Sabine Badart, Peter and Zoe Berringer, & Murray Bell, whose support and insightful comments (plus many prayers) have enabled this website to come to fruition. To Nancy Cunningham for her books, Maurice Dyson for his poems and Jerry Barret for his health research, thank you for allowing your work to be freely available to aid Christians in their ministries.

Christian Church

We would further acknowledge and thank Berachah Church, Faith Bible Church, Cross Road Bible Church, Grace Resources and Basic Training Bible Ministries, their faithful teaching and free distribution of God's Word has enabled us to grow in Grace. Each of these ministries is a model of grace-giving and they inspire us to do likewise.

For Christian Ministries Links that have been extremely helpful in our spiritual growth - PRESS HERE.
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Tribute to LCPL Gordon Callow
Gordon Callow SASR

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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Getting in Contact
Christian Letterbox

Ian Coate Sue CoateWe love hearing from you. Please email us at: ianandsue@freechristianillustrations.com

If there has been a long delay in us replying to you, we are probably lost somewhere in the Australian bush and we'll reply as soon as we are found.

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Free Christian Illustrations Email

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Your Encouraging Emails
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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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FCI Free Christian IllustrationsINDONESIA: 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

ALABANA, 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.

From Pat: I came across your website this week and just wanted to let you know how blessed I was to see all that was available for me to use.  I teach the preschool class at my church. I love that age; they are like sponges and I am really surprised how much they do learn. Thank you soooo much for your giving and open heart to make my teaching a whole lot easier and colorful. God bless you and looking forward to seeing more of your work and illustrations.

From Helina: I just discovered your website and wanted to thank you for sharing your gifts so generously.   The analogies and illustrations are not only creative, eye-catching, and easy to understand, but they are solidly biblical and grounded in the Word and its truths.
I don’t usually send emails of this nature, but I’m just very impressed by the content and touched by your heart to share it freely.  

From Rev. Addisalem: I just wanted to say thanks for the free Christian illustrations. I'm a catholic priest and I love to draw illustrations as well, so I'm hoping to look at your work for inspiration. I'm impressed by your way of teaching through these illustrations and I'm interested in doing the same for the Catholic faith.

From Marissa: I'd just like to say that the Bible UNO / Old Maid / Go Fish cards that I've put together using your clip arts are a great hit with my Sabbath School students. Thanks for uploading that resource for us teachers to use for free.  Your biblical motto "through grace, we have freely received, through grace we freely give" has inspired me to do the same… 

From Steve: I haven't been with you very long but long enough to appreciate what a blessing you are to the Christian community.  Your illustrations are phenomenal and have been able to use them easily in conjunction with our youth Bible studies. Thank you and God Bless your work.

From S. Abraham: I was just perusing through the internet to find some illustrated art with which to teach Children. I came across your wonderful work. I just want to say I am deeply moved by your love for the lord. May your wells never dry up in Jesus name. 

From Ptr. Daniel: I am Ptr. Daniel … a baptist church preacher… I was so blessed that I've found your site and read some of your write-ups with funny pictures. I downloaded it and saved it to my usb…   I was encouraged by your dedication to freely give and share your talents for God's glory. Praise God for that, I actually prayed for your family when I read your simple testimony and saw your pictures with ma'm Sue.  May God continue to use your life and talents for God's glory and be a help to some ordinary pastors like me.

From Dr Katherine: I am writing to thank you so much for providing the wonderful and very useful illustrations for us all to use in our work for our Lord. Since the pandemic lockdown I have been writing a weekly devotion that is sent to the members of our congregation, and to other congregations…  Since I found your illustrations I have been using them in the devotion documents. The illustrations are beautiful and I appreciate the wide variety that you have created… May God continue to bless you as you serve Him with your gifts. Thank you again for making these helpful resources.

From James: I just want to say I just discovered your site and asked myself why haven't I discovered this before. It's hard not to instantly become a fan of your apologetics-related material, what with the lively illustrations and sound arguments—I will definitely be using them for my small group, which is for some reason consisted of thinkers, one being even agnostic.  That said, your free stuff are such HUGE blessings to me. I am pretty sure that with this tool, my group and I will grow deeper in our relationship with and knowledge of God. 

From Bev:I have just found your website.  What a terrific find!  Thank you! We are beginning our second year in our Christian school, so your website will be a great resource. Thanks for your work to offer free Christian resources.

From Coralie: I want to thank you for the great clip art at your website. I direct a children's program at our church and we are teaching the children about Redemptive history. I used your clip art to make a visual so that they can see human history as it is taught in scripture... This was a huge help in keeping the children engaged.

From Yu-Ping: God bless your ministry and hard work - so talented, catchy and useful.

From Odunjo: God bless you guys for following his leading to put up this website. I just felt the Holy Spirit lead me to go to christian illustrations on google, and I found what you guys put up. May God increase you and take you to the next level. I see people receiving healings in various aspects of their lives through this ministry. God himself will broadcast you. In Jesus name. Thanks for being a blessing.

From Denise: I've just discovered your website & your fantastic illustrations via a children's ministry website… I've been involved in Children's Ministry for over 25 years & I'm always looking for clipart etc to use with lessons I write. My husband & I are Aussie missionaries & church planters in Reunion Island & France so I need to write my own material most of the time as there's not a lot of up-to-date resources available for kids & teens that share the Gospel… Thank your for your "freely received, freely give" policy as well - a rare attitude in the Christian scene today. I work on the same basis for my resources in French. May God continue to bless you as you serve Him in this way.

From Cassie: I am LOVING what you are doing with this ministry.  I am a youth minister for ages 12-18 at my local church, as well as a stay at home mom to a beautiful 18 month old baby girl.  I stumbled upon your site by accident while looking for something to use for my daughter's preschool lessons…

From Hillary: I just wanted to thank you for offering your illustrations to use for free. I was looking for something like this for our Lutheran Preschool Fun Fair to use for our Christian based games and when I came across your site I knew I hit the jackpot! I will be using your art and other resources from your site for many of our church activities.

From Linda: It is difficult to find good Christian art that is free to use. I write the weekly church bulletin and I find that “a picture is worth a thousand words” especially with the very young and the elderly who may not have the attention span or energy to read all the words…  God bless you and thanks so much.

From Theresa: Hello from Melbourne! We just discovered your website and we are in tears finding what you both have offered to the world!

From Rev. Danny: I LOVE your free illustrations! Graphics are great, and the stories/illustrations are awesome. I’m a pastor, and am constantly searching for applicable illustrations to illuminate my preaching. I have marked your site as a favorite and will be back! Keep ‘em coming!

From Esther: I have used your Christian Illustrations to respond to people who emailed our church with questions about God and Christian Living. I will recommend them to our youth and children ministries. May God cover you with Shalom as a garment in Jesus Name. Amen

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Our Policy of Grace
Christian Grace

Anyone who desires these Christian Illustrations can use them without cost or obligation. In the sentiment of Matthew 10:8, "Freely we have received, freely we give".

The material on this website may be downloaded, copied and distributed without permission as long as no cost is charged to others and source is recognized.

The material on this website cannot be used for financial gain or where the accompanying message is undermining of the Christian faith and Gospel.

The material on this website cannot be used to create free libraries on other websites where you are soliciting donations or email subscriptions (unless prior permission has been sort).

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Our Statement of Faith
Christian Bible

Our “Statement of Faith” is to clarify our Christian beliefs so you may know the foundation that we build our Christian illustrations upon.

The Bible
We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testament are the inerrant Word of God.
(1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2Timothy 3:15-17; 2Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).

God
We believe God exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, holy, just, loving and immutable.
(Psalm 103:19;  Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2).

Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who humbled Himself and became a man (without any loss to His Divinity) to redeem sinful mankind with His substitutionary death on the cross.
(John 1:1-3; John 1:14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 4:25; 1Peter 1:3-5; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:1-3)

Salvation
We believe everlasting salvation is a grace gift from God received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died as our substitute on the cross.
(John 3:16; John 3:36; Romans 5:8; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7).

Eternal Security for Believers
We believe that any person who has professed faith in Christ is eternally secure in the Family of God.
(Rom 8:1; Rom 8:38-39; John 1:12; John 10:27-30; 1Corinthians 1:4-8).

 

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