Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pictchuh? Africa thru Adrain's eyes, in part.

I have only a small portion of Adrain's 1500 photographs from his recent missions trip to Africa.  So be warned, there will eventually be more, because he has a great eye, and was using a lens that I've coveted for a year.  He traveled to Arusha, Tanzania, with a group from our church, to meet up with another group from our church.  They celebrated the dedication of an orphanage, and the baptism of the chief of the Masai, among other things.  (Hopefully those photos will be coming soon.)
 I think I fell in love with all these little faces.  Adrain said that the word he heard over and over from the delighted little ones was, "Pictchuh?"  Then they would reach for the camera to see their faces.  Over and over again.  I'm not going to add a lot of commentary to these photos, so I hope you enjoy them just the way they are.  Each one is a story. 









 


 








 


 Adrain stayed at a YWAM base, and saw first-hand, how hearts, and then subsequently, lives are being changed by the love of Jesus.  This little girl above, is named Tumaini, meaning, "hope."  She was dumped on the doorstep of the YWAM base a few years ago, and her only knowledge of people was that they were abusive and hurtful.  She didn't know how to play or even interact with people.  Now her life reflects her name, "Hope."  If you want to give a donation to the Arusha YWAM base, where people are bestowing God's love to those around them, you can do so, by clicking here.
Adrain also saw how a mission as practical as teaching kids soccer shapes character and transforms lives.  A man from our town saw a need in Africa, and his passion happened to be soccer.  So he did what he knew, and now it's actually changing lives for kids and giving them hope. This inspires me like crazy, because I often see others doing "something" and wonder, "Well, what can I do?"  Here's the answer I love. "Do what you can."  Simple, don't you think?  If you want to know more about New Vision Soccer, or help/donate/support, you can visit their site, here.




 



20 comments:

  1. Wow thats so powerful! I would love to be apart of somthing like that. What and amazing opportunity, thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Oh how awesome!!! Would love for you to link this up to my photo swap...:) Always LOVE your pictures...you should teach classes...and yes I know this is your hubby, but you know what I mean!! Hope you are feeling better!

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  3. Adrian does have a great photographic eye. Love the closeups. Their faces tell a story. Can't wait to hear more about the trip and see more photos.
    I have always wanted to go on a mission trip, but I really don't like flying and thought of having to be on a plane more than two hours kinda freaks me out.
    One day though....one day I will have a peace about it and just go.

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  4. ohmygawsh!!!! i'd have a wall full of frames with those beautiful faces.

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  5. Very powerful and breathtaking photos! Actually brought tears to my eyes. Such sweet faces. :)

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  6. What touching pictures!!! Oh to know the stories behind those eyes!!! All of them!!!

    Nancy

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  7. So beautiful. I miss Africa so much. I went with my church in 2006 to Kenya and it was the most life changing experience of my life.

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  8. Your husband captured those beautiful souls! Thanks for sharing with us. He has an amazing eye for photography, just like you!!

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  9. GIRL!! these images of his are amazing. what beautiful children on God!
    i'm blown away. what an amazing opportunity for him!
    thank you for sharing & can't wait to see even more

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  10. Made me think about our little boy Baracka from Tanzania whom we sponsor thru Compassion. Thank you for giving me glimpses into what his life might look like: )

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  11. Absolutely precious, may each face find the love of Jesus!

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  12. wow! what a blessing to see all that. i'm sure he had many awesome stories to tell.

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  13. What a great eye he has! You're correct in that the pictures don't need words. They are beautiful!

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  14. Beautiful, tender pics ~ your husband captured the perfect shots ~ looking forward to hearing the stories behind them all ~ thank you for sharing

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  15. Adrain has a WONDERFUL eye. His pictures are so moving and captivating. Wow.

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  16. Aaaaah these make me SO SO homesick. I try to distract myself by the fact that I live in an amazing firstworld country and everything is so much easier for us here, but this truely makes me so very very hungry for home!

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  17. Those children are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Oh how lovely! When I read Arusha, Tanzania, I gasped. We sponsor a dear sweet girl there through Compassion International. I loved seeing the faces of each beautiful person Adrain photographed.

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  19. pictchuhs are worth a thousand words.

    I long to go to Africa. Let it be, Lord, let it be.

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