Photography is a beautiful way to illustrate attributes of God to others, but there is more than one way to do that! On Global Encounters photography mission trips, we bring cameras to teach basic photography to children in other countries and then relate our lessons to the Gospel. A portion of the sale of these cards goes to support ministry efforts in Myanmar and Ecuador.
The stories behind the images featured in South Asia- Collection 2:
Two Are Better – This picture was taken on a tea farm owned by South Asians who use it as a springboard for connecting with their neighbors, teaching them better farming practices, and sharing eternal hope. The two girls were giving us a tour of the farm, during which we got caught in a rain storm and had the privilege of waiting it out in a bamboo hut. Watching rain drip off a thatched roof is one of the best things in all the world.
Morning Song – The team rode bikes (a very common mode of transportation in South Asia) up a large hill in order to watch the pastel sun over the vineyards in the valley. What better place to reflect on the goodness of God and the gifts He grants every day that the sun shines on us again?
Be Still – This picture was taken on a lake where South Asian fishermen catch their supper. This was a day of rest for the team between children’s programs and teaching photography. I remember having been dissatisfied by something the day before and then having God totally woo me with His goodnesses to me on this day. Don’t forget to be still in the craziness of life and remember He is the one who calms the water and somehow loves us enough to pour blood so we could have living water.
Abide – As inadequate as this shelter seems, it is common housing for people in South Asia. We passed many huts like this throughout our time there and caught glimpses of housewives washing dishes and clothes in buckets. Yet, they are more likely to smile at us than the average New Yorker we might pass on the street with access to everything money could buy. Money does not bring lasting satisfaction. Abide in Christ and there you will find what you crave.
~ Atalie, 2014 photography team member