My life has been blessed in many ways. I am free in a land of opportunity within the greatest country in the world. My health is good and I have friends and family that love me. This provides me with a wonderful opportunity to give back and share with others the abundance that I have been given.
One of my passions is mission work. It allows me to serve others and keeps me grounded and focused on the real priorities in life. Each year, I try to spend time in full time Christian ministry. The link below shares pictures from a few recent activities.
In 1998, hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras. There were an estimated 18,000 dead or missing, 90% of the roads had damage, and many of the primary crop exports had been destroyed. The massive mudslides caused hundreds of thousands of people to be homeless in one of the poorest countries in Central America. It is a country with poverty beyond anything we can imagine in the United States. Even today, the country hasn't fully recovered but the Methodist church is playing a very active role in supporting Honduras. I've had the opportunity to participate in construction trips and to travel the country to see the successes of what willing hands and a deep faith can create.
The construction work in many areas is exhausting since everything is done by hand with few tools. The footings are dug by hand, the rebar is cut with dull hacksaws, and the concrete is mixed on the ground yet it's some of the most rewarding work I've ever done. After 3 years of construction, in 2008 we dedicated a new church in Ciudad Espana.
Let me share a few words from my personal journal because it pretty well sums up my experience in Honduras. "The initial impact of the extensive poverty has faded and I’m left with a profound admiration of their close family bonds, their willingness to work hard, their thankful hearts, and their intense faith. I think that my life, filled with privilege and opportunity, has clouded my vision of the true treasures with which I’ve been blessed".
Even in our nation of abundance, I realize there are those of us in need. Sometimes simple things like photographs of your children, or of your wedding, or family portraits with aging parents are beyond what we can afford. Unfortunately, time doesn't wait and the opportunity to capture those treasured memories can be lost forever. To help with that I offer low cost services to anyone with significant financial challenges (job loss, single parents, etc.). This is not a joke or a scam. If you are in need, I will offer you my services at a price you can afford.
Some people think I'm crazy because it would be so easy to abuse this offer but I'm not worried about that. This is simply my opportunity to share with others my love of photography and the gifts and talents that God has given me. Please don't hesitate to call if I can assist you in any way.