2010 + africa + asia + BHW = me

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First let me apologize for the long hiatus in blogging.  It’s crazy how if you don’t make a point to blog, time will fly by so fast.  But I’m back and have several shoots coming up that I’m excited to post.  Maybe I’ll even post some of the stuff from this summer that I never posted… but lets not get too crazy just yet.

Now, I reckon you are wondering about the title of this blog.  I’m super excited to let you know that God has blessed me with the opportunity to work with an organization called Bright Hope World for about 9 months next year traveling throughout Africa and Asia with pen and camera learning, observing, and capturing the stories where they are involved in order to help tell those stories more effectively.

Bright Hope World is a Christian humanitarian organization based out of New Zealand that works with the worlds poorest people groups doing holistic ministry.  Be sure to check their website for more info about the organization.

Two years ago this week I was coming back from Kenya after spending a month there with a team running a summer camp for Maasai children in the bush.  It was there that my love for photography began.  As well as the Lord opening my eyes to missions, people, culture, and trying to capture stories through pictures.  Ever since that trip God has continued to grow this passion for both photography and missions and has ultimately led me to the task ahead.

I will leave next March and return at the beginning of December, traveling through 8-12 countries.  I am extremely excited about this opportunity and excited for what the Lord will do through it.  This is something that I without a doubt feel the Lord’s direction in.  This trip does require me to raise support and because of the extensive travel of this trip, the amount needed to raise is $25,000.

I could write so much more, but I want to keep this post somewhat condensed.  I will have a page set up here in the next week or so that tells the story on how God has brought me to this and what some of my role will look like.  In addition, I will be sending out support letters in the near future.  If you would like to receive more information and/or possibly support me in this mission (whether financially or through prayer), let me know.  Just shoot me an email with your contact information so I can add you to the list.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

To HIM be the Glory.

In addition… I will be staying here in Dallas through the end of the year in my current job.  However, my apt lease is up at the end of this month, so if any of you know an alternative to avoid getting into another lease when I’m only in Dallas for 4 more months let me know.  My apt complex’s month-to-month option is not cost effective and really more than I can afford.  So I’m moving out at the end of the month.  Ideally, I’m looking for some place that’s not expensive so I can save more money for this trip.  Perhaps one of you people out there knows someone with a garage apt, guest house or spare room or something that might work.  Shoot me an e-mail if you do.  Thanks.

UPDATE (10/6/09): to view the support letter online click here.  also check here for an update.