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 story behind the pictures featured in “The World through Their Eyes – Collection 2”:
This set of cards was put together from pictures that were taken by the kids and teens Global Encounters photography teams taught in Ecuador and South Asia. See below for the specific stories…
Looking Up: Taken by a boy in South Asia with a contagious smile. I watched him with the camera and knew he had an eye for photography. He always went for the interesting angles. I asked if I could use his pictures on cards to help bring teams back to the orphanage where he was staying. His eyes sparkled yes even before I heard the translator’s words turning his nodding into a definite, “Yes!” -Atalie, 2015 photography team member
Morning Glory: Taken by a teen at camp in South Asia. Teens have such a hunger for answers there. They grow up in a culture that doesn’t encourage question asking. Teachers are respected, not questioned. You do as you’re told. But when we come and use photography as a bridge for the Gospel, we encourage questions! The teens open up like flowers from tightly closed buds in ways they never have before because they have an opportunity to ask questions they have always had to keep to themselves.
All Things Beautiful: Taken by Dylan, an Ecuadorian teen helper at camp. Dylan was one of my photography students at camp in Ecuador. I remember when we were given our assigned students, I was given three of the older boys to mentor. I wasn’t sure if they would be all that excited about photography and thought I would have my hands full for the week, but it ended up that we bonded really well and I was able to tease them like brothers by the end. They all were interested in photography and put effort into their images. ~Atalie, 2013 photography team member
Geometry in Green: Some of the first photography lessons that are taught are fill the frame and rule of thirds. The South Asian teen who took this picture really learned these lessons well. Teens from this culture are very purposeful. They listen and try hard to implement what has been taught. It is a joy to go through their pictures with them and praise their work!