Yes, I’m Still Alive :)

Yes, I’m Still Alive :)

I have tried 1,000 times to write a blog post this summer, but I have yet to do more than open a blank draft.  Anything you have read in the past two months was scheduled content,  and I can’t pinpoint the exact reason for my absence on this blog .

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Yes, I work at camp 6 days a week, but I could easily find the time to type a few lines.  It is not for lack of content; I have taken photos, created videos, and written articles for camp all summer.  Spiritual dryness is not the reason either; God’s Word has become more and more precious to me every day for the past two months.  Perhaps my only excuse is that I haven’t really wanted to blog.  I have enjoyed the time away from personal social media (although I am on social media every day for my job).

Celebrating the 4th of July with some epic water balloon fun! Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

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So here I am, simply to …

  • check in.
  • let all of you know that I am still alive.
  • share some images from the summer.
  • promise that the absence won’t last forever.

I just need one more month at camp before I fully re-emerge to the outside world.

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Summer 2017 Plans

Summer 2017 Plans

In August 2014, I had no idea the power of a simple Google search.  All I knew was that I didn’t want to spend another summer working a desk job, so I began hunting for other options.  I typed “Christian camp photographer” into the search bar, and the rest is history…

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What Google Won’t Tell You About Pine Cove

What Google Won’t Tell You About Pine Cove

In 2014, a Google search introduced me to Pine Cove, and I accepted a job as a camp photographer a few months later.

However, there are a few things that Google did not tell me about Pine Cove, and when I walked onto Pine Cove soil for the first time, I was a little surprised.

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Let the Little Children Come

Let the Little Children Come

Christy is a teacher-trainer for the Baptist schools in Togo.  Every week, nearly a hundred children pile into her yard to sing, play, and learn about Jesus.

 

The Village of Tsiko

The Village of Tsiko

In Togo, we stayed at the ABWE guest house near the hospital in Tsiko.  One morning, I went on a walk through the small village just outside of the compound walls.

 

Djamila

Djamila

My assignment in Togo was to make a short video about a girl named Djamila.

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Djamila is a tenth-grade student at a Togolese Baptist school.  She was born and raised in a Muslim home in Lome, but she eventually moved to live with her Christian mom in Tsiko.

When Djamila moved to Tsiko, she found herself in a struggle between her aunt and mother.  The aunt claimed that Allah is god, and she could get to heaven by obeying him.  Djamila’s mother said that Jesus was the only way to have eternal life.  Djamila could not decide who to believe.

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Two of Djamila’s teachers came to her house to read the Bible to her.  They told her that there is someone who loves her.  She was amazed and asked, “Who loves me here on earth?”

That is when the teachers explained the love of Jesus.  Djamila came to understand that Jesus loves her.  He died on the cross for her sins.  He forgave her.  With the help of these two teachers, Djamila turned to Christ.

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Before Djamila was a Christian, her life was filled with anger.  She said, “If my aunt was not kind with me, I was led to steal…I didn’t care a bit.  And back then, lying also was my life…No one told me that I was wrong.  That was my life.”

With Jesus, Djamila’s life changed a lot.  She learned how to forgive, how to love, and how to accept someone’s mistakes.  She exclaimed, “I have joy deep in my heart.”

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Before I left my interview with Djamila, she stated,

My dream is that God will help me to live for him, to work for him, and to do what he wants me to do….I feel it deep in my heart that God calls me to go back and to… share gospel to Muslims.

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