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 missions efforts in Ecuador and Myanmar.
The story behind the pictures featured in “South Asia – Collection 3”:
Cast Your Burden: This group of women are carrying their burdens up a long set of stairs that lead to a buddhist temple on the top of a mountain. I couldn’t help but think about the spiritual burdens they bear. Buddhism is the overwhelming religion in Myanmar. If only they were introduced to the true God who cares enough to take our burdens on himself.
Planted in the House of the Lord: This image was taken at a missions compound. As we were shown around the property, I spotted this shy one grinning at us through the flowers. It is such a comfort to know that on this piece of property, kids are taught the Word of God. Seeds are sown. I hope many new souls are planted in the house of the Lord because of the work done on this compound.
Be Still: This image was taken at Inle Lake in Myanmar. The people here live in houses on the water, raised high on stilts. Their primary transportation are boats. Although the place itself is magical, most of the people are not aware of the Gospel of Christ. It can be easy to get caught up in the work that needs done, the ministry, and the never-ending needs of the world around us, but God calls us to take time to just be still and to know that HE, is God. The weight of the world is not on our shoulders. Be still.
Sing to the Lord: This picture was taken at an orphanage called Living Waters. The children here love to sing! They cannot get enough of it. When they sing for us, one of the older boys runs to the corner where the guitar is kept, tunes it, and starts to play, soon to be joined by many voices. But that is not the only time the guitar is used. If you watch closely, you might see one of the younger boys sneak in on a lazy afternoon when no one else is there, pick up the guitar carefully, and try his hand at a tune. I’ve caught them at this several times. They look up sheepishly and smile. But I encourage them to keep practicing. One day maybe they will be the older boy who runs to the corner where the guitar is kept, tunes it, and starts to play…