"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." (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 dropped this photography company in my lap, 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. 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 I first boarded a plane to do Missions Photography with a team of 4 other photographers to South Asia. We served the people of various villages by teaching photography to 50-145 teens and young adults daily. We taught photographic concepts and connected each one to an attribute of God's character. This platform proved to be a phenomenal way to build relationships to share the Gospel!
Why? Here's my why! Because everyone on earth deserves 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. And because there is no greater satisfaction than following Jesus wherever He leads.
I had often thought to myself, "I'm a wife and mother. I can't do missions." I remained faithful in prayer, desired from a distance, and committed to do His work where He placed me. So when He gave me this gift of photography and I began to see the world through my lens, it provided more opportunity for exploration, to engage more people, and to travel to use this medium to display His glory in creation.
My heart, mind, and mission remains set on Acts 1:8; 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 through the language transcending art-form that is photography!
NEXT DESTINATION: GHANA, 7.9465° N, 1.0232° W
LOCATION, DEPARTURE & DURATION
Accra, Ghana — March 19, 2018 (2 weeks)
Previous: South Asia // August 10th, 2016 // 3 weeks
WHAT I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT
Sharing Jesus with everyone I meet, building the restroom for the school we've adopted, 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: "Let The Nations Be Glad!" by Dr. John Piper
Journal, 3 Pens, & Highlighters
MacBook Pro for Blogging & Editing
Picture of Hubby & Our Trio, Passport, Gum, & $86.
A Half Gallon of Clean Drinking Water
Hand Sanitizer. :)
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.
PARTNER WITH ME ON THE JOURNEY AHEAD!
I asking for your financial support if you're able. No amount is too small. He will provide what I need to accomplish His work. The resources I obtain through fundraising will cover the costs of my flight, food, housing, transportation, medical insurance, trip admin costs and ministry supplies..
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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