"Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." —Jesus (Matt. 28:19)
TO THE NATIONS WITH GRACE
As I type this, I am overwhelmed with indescribable joy and my eyes are flooded with tears. At 3am on January 7th, 2014 when the Lord brought photography into my life, I prayed and expressed to Him that I want to use it for His glory and to have opportunities to share the message of His unrelenting grace in the darkest of places. I desired to use it as a means to tell a story, stories that would stir the hearts of humanity to serve the least of these. With no equipment, no formal training, and no real desire to be a photographer, I set all of the obvious objections aside, obeyed Him beyond my comfort zone, and He provided every step of the way.
Regarding those dark places? He heard and answered my prayer! On August 10th, 2016 for the first time, I boarded a plane flying to an international destination to do Missions Photography with a team of 4 other photographers. In various villages in southern India we taught photography to 50-145 teens and young adults daily. We used photographic concepts by connecting each one to an attribute of God's character. This platform proved to be a phenomenal way to build relationships to share the Gospel! Over the span of 3 weeks, 51 young people of mostly Hindu and Muslim background, put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
In the spring of 2018, I found myself spending time in remote villages in low mountain ranges in Kumasi, Ghana documenting the lives of an indigenous people group who had no access to clean water, housing, medical care, or education. Our time in Accra and Kumasi was spent building a well for this people group, building restrooms, providing school supplies and laptops for a school that we adopted in Accra, and building relationships through our storytelling in an effort to gain the necessary resources to provide long-term sustainability.
Why? Because everyone on earth deserves to live a flourishing life by having their basic needs met and receive the necessary tools to live up to their God-given potential. Because they deserve to hear God's plan of redemption at least once and have the opportunity to respond. Because we are His ambassadors, here to be his tangible hands and feet to those in need. Because I am compelled by love. I have resolved to no longer live for myself but to surrender my life's purpose to my Savior who died and rose on my behalf. Because there is no greater satisfaction than following Jesus wherever He leads.
His Mission Is For Everyone, Everywhere. I had often thought to myself, "I'm a wife and a young mother of three. I can't do missions." Here's the thing, God gives us all divine gifts and abilities to draw the world around us unto Him regardless of our roles. In fact, He employs us in spite of where we are and will equip us accordingly. What an adventure He has in store for us if we'd just have the audacity to follow Him however and wherever He leads!
Toward that end, my heart, mind, and mission remains set on Acts 1:8; being His witness in word and deed, expanding from my neighbors and city to the world, to Go. May God be made known and His glorious Gospel be heard throughout the world.
NEXT DESTINATION: GHANA, 7.9465° N, 1.0232° W
LOCATION, DEPARTURE & DURATION
Accra, Ghana — March 19, 2018 (2.5 weeks)
Previous: South Asia // August 10th, 2016 // 3 weeks
WHAT I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT
Sharing Jesus with everyone I meet on the various planes and in country, building relationships with the locals in the Kumasi villages, constructing the restroom for the school we've adopted, building the well, and of course photographic storytelling.
MINISTRY I'M TRAVELING WITH
"I have but one passion — it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ."
WHAT'S IN MY EVERYDAY MISSIONS BAG?
My Bible of course!
Mercy (My Canon 5D Mkiii) with Sigma's 35mm ART 1.4mm, Canon's 135mm 2.0L, and Sigma's 85mm 1.4 ART lenses.
Book: "The Insanity of God" by Nik Ripken
Journal, 3 Pens, & Highlighters
MacBook Pro for Blogging & Editing
Picture of Hubby & Our Trio, Passport, Gum, & $86.
A Camelback of clean drinking Water
Hand Sanitizer. :)
..among the nations.
Please click the images below to view galleries from projects that I have had the humbling honor of working on and documenting.
I am asking for your prayers. For the Lord to prepare my heart and mind for the mission ahead, for the safety of the team I will be traveling with, for my wonderful husband and children while I'm away, and more importantly for the people the Lord has set us out to reach. We want nothing more than to shower this region with His tangible love and to share how much He loves them expressed through the sacrifice of His Son at Calvary.
MISSION TRIP UPDATES & JOURNAL ENTRIES
"The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become." —Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia
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