As a technical director for a really great church, I have the awesome opportunity to see the most important message being shared with people locally and around the world.
Yesterday at FBC we were the host site for a 5K and 15K run to raise money for YoungLife programs in schools. These staff and volunteers do life with students in the Topeka area and are very effective at showing extraordinary love and changing these kids lives forever.
Today we had a video recorded just yesterday in Romania with our lead pastor and a pastor of a church in Romania that we partner with speaking of the strides in family ministry they have been working on this week.
Then today later in the morning I also had the pleasure of shooting todays picture of the day. These are our student mission team who are preparing for a mid-summer trip to the Dominican Republic to help with the Trash Mountain Program.
In 24 hours I got to glimpse into the awesome missions work our staff and volunteers pour into 5 miles from home to 5600 miles from home. In three countries, supporting reaching thousands of people. One Church.
Kudos to these students for following through on a vision to serve and share Christ with others, no matter where that may take them.
I count myself blessed to work everyday with these great servants. Today’s picture was taken on the playground outside our Nursery. It was an honor to have Plastico Heysus in the picture today. He has a very challenging travel schedule but was able to work this shoot in.
Nikon D7000 | 1/160 | ISO 200 | 50mm | f/6.3 | flash: none used
Moved to action near literal mountains of trash in Honduras, Cambodia, and the Dominican Republic, the Trash Mountain Project has been making huge impacts in these little known hobbled villages that pop up near trash heaps. Families live there on the banks of trash mountains and streams of “water” unsafe for consumption from the chemical by-products leaching from trash. The parents and children work in the trash, picking out what little recyclables remain, selling them for fractions of dollars to support their families.
Children are malnourished, many only consuming high-sugar junk food & flavored soda as it is cheap and available. TMP has moved in to the Dominican Republic recently and teamed up with Pastor Pablo in Santiago to support Kids with a Hope. They are providing education, nutrition, rudimentary health and dental care, and most of all, the Hope that can be found in Jesus Christ.
This weekend at FBC the director of the Trash Mountain Project, Brett Durbin, visited to share with us a unique opportunity to individually support children through the Kids with a Hope program, this image below is a sea of children waiting to be adopted. One of the unique things about this program is that a person could have the opportunity to meet their adopted child by serving on a short term mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Also, check out this article from today’s Topeka Capital Journal.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ (Matthew 25:35-36 ESV)
Nikon D7000 | 1/100 | ISO 800 | 50mm prime | f/4.5