Acts 1:8 - "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
“Telling stories of life change to produce life changing stories.”
Using media, I want to illustrate the way the Gospel has changed the lives of others. Allowing others to tell their stories has greater impact on viewers than if a third party were to tell it for them. Hearing and seeing a story of a life that has been changed through the work of the Gospel should challenge the viewer to be involved as well. Through this involvement, their own lives and even the lives of others should be changed. Life change is necessary. As challenging and scary as it may be, it is almost always good. Every story produced should compel each viewer to do something that will make a difference in both their own life and the lives of others.
Share the Gospel of Christ with the people of Africa
Disciple believers; seeing them saved, baptized, and growing
Use media to communicate stories visually
help missionaries communicate more effectively with their partners at home
provide resources for missionaries and their field teams to aid in awareness and recruitment
provide resources that help spread the Gospel locally
promote needs to others in order to affect change
Train nationals to use media to share the Gospel in their own language and culture
Be involved in local ministries to share the Gospel, disciple believers, and plant churches
At age 14, the story begins on a missions trip to Thailand with my church. Upon returning, I distinctly remember a woman having a conversation with me after church one day. Honestly, I could not tell you anything about the conversation except for one thing she told me; one sentence that is forever burned into my mind. With a huge smile, she said “I am so excited to see where God plants you.” At the time, I just agreed. But as I continued to go on missions trips I thought to myself, "What if He doesn’t plant me?" It wasn’t a hopeless or doubtful question, I just am not a person to stay in one place for too long so the thought of being in one place for a while just did not seem to make sense.
To make a long story short, I struggled on and off with the call to missions and my own desire to pursue photography as a career. At age 21, I was introduced to other creative professionals desiring to use their skills on the mission field and I instantly understood what God had been doing. My passions were finally able to be put together. God gave me the ability to be a photographer and He gave me a passion for serving people in other countries. Finally, at age 26, God allowed me to see His strong vision to utilize media and missions together to further His kingdom. I understand now, God will likely never plant me…permanently. Even now my journey is not a singular destination. As I serve in West Africa, there may be stationary for periods of time but I am going to be working in different countries with different teams while using media to communicate the Gospel and how it is changing the lives of others.
I am so excited to see God's hand at work. My only goal in all of this is that He is glorified by the works done through me. I can do nothing on my own. I must bloom where I am planted. And as I do so, I can only pray that the buds and blossoms glorify and reveal the beauty of my great God and King. Soli Deo gloria!
Fields I may be working in:
West Africa (red)
The Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cameroon
East Africa (green)
Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique
South Africa (golden)