Tag : Communication
I was working in Denver this week, and I took a walk down the 16th Street Mall. This gentleman was sharing the gospel with this young lady as busy folks rushed by on their way to lunch.
This photo was taken with my iPhone, processed as an “instant” photo with the Camera Bag app and emailed to my computer. I’m pretty picky about the gear I use and the image quality of the photos on this site, but as they say, “The best camera is the one that’s with you.”
This was written by Chase Jarvis, who is a cutting-edge photographer and definitely my favorite. Chase is not involved in Christian missions, but this guy inspires me. He is creative, pushes the envelope, encourages other photographers and continually gives to others. He wrote the above statement, and I added the title. I actually printed this statement 8×10 and framed it so I can see it everyday. These are words to live by, and it pretty much sums up the reason my daughter, Waverly, and I are doing this blog devoted to Christian missions.
Thanks, Chase. You rock.
This is me. I have been praying about this blog and thinking about why I’m doing this. God has given me a deep passion for missions and photography, and I hope to make missions “real” for Christians in developed countries. It has always seemed to me that when missionaries speak at church or at some presentation, they fail to effectively convey what God is really doing in the field. It’s like the audience hears, “Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, blah blah blah….” Such presentations are sometimes followed by a few statistics meant to impress and some (terrible) photographs of groups of nationals and a missionary standing under a mid-day sun. Boring, boring, boring. The audience sits politely and wonders how long the presentation is going to last. The mission work sure does not seem “real.” The heart of the matter is lost. It certainly does not compel people to action. The bottom line: most of us Christians, with our busy lives and worries, don’t really care about missions.
Oh, sure – we want to see the Gospel preached to all people on a theoretical level, but that vague desire fails to motivate us to do anything. We feel like missions is for “those people” – not us. We’ve got jobs here at home, kids to raise, mortgages to pay, games to attend, errands to run and conflicts of our own to handle. So, why should we care about missions?
To me, Christian missions, is sharing the Gospel and meeting the human needs of people in America and around the world. People who need Christ. People who are just like us and live real lives just like us. Our God is a a God of love, and God calls us to love each other. How can we not have a burning desire within our souls to see others find true life in Christ? How can we ignore the real needs of people just like us? We can’t solve all the world’s problems, but we can each do our little part – the part that God calls us to.
So, that is what my daughter, Waverly, and I are doing with this blog – trying to do our part to give Christians in developed countries a heart for what God is doing in the field. To make missions real. To show the beautiful souls of people all over the world. To help support and encourage missionaries who are so often beat down and discouraged. And to hopefully be used by God to move Christians to share God’s love with others.
You are looking at two answers to prayer, Matt and Jenny at VisionTrust. For years, I have longed to volunteer time photographing VisionTrust’s awesome ministry to orphans and very poor children around the world. The problem has been that VisionTrust needed communication/media specialists that could take my photography and incorporate it into a comprehensive campaign. I kept hoping and praying VisionTrust, which is based here in Colorado Springs, would put together a communications/media team. The years rolled by, and I thought about this every time I drove by VisionTrust’s building along I-25.
Recently, I felt God was calling me to focus my photography on Christian missions, and I called my old friend at VisionTrust, Matt Storer. When I told him what I felt God was calling me to do, he said VisionTrust had hired a communications manager, Matt Reed, and he said the organization was in real need of my photography. I also learned that VisionTrust hired Jenny Stoecker as a communications specialist. The communications/media team is now is place.
I am extremely excited about the prospect of serving as a volunteer photographer for VisionTrust. We are currently discussing when Waverly and I can go on trips given my work as a lawyer and Waverly being in the middle of her junior year in high school. I can’t wait to see where God takes us during the coming years.