Before Cory and I started our business, we had a heart for missions. We had a big dream to serve and show others the love of Christ. Once we began our business, God refined our vision to use our gift of photography to build relationships between full-time missionaries and the people they serve. You can read more of our story here. The first years of our business were used serving in the US while building our business.
In January 2012, God gave us the go ahead to pursue our mission photography calling. We spent that year perfecting our vision and seeking guidance from those who mean the most to us. In November 2012, we became official short term missionaries with Globe International. We spent the 2012 serving in the United States and praying about where God would lead us overseas. With that said, I am excited to announce our first international mission outreach… the country of Zambia in Africa.
For this trip, we are traveling with Grace Klein Community. The focus of the group is to serve at the Kwathu Children’s Home. The children’s home has been burglarized several times and needs a fence to protect the children and workers. We will be helping with this project as well as loving on the children and encouraging the workers. Cory and I will also be photographing the orphanage to better tell the story while producing a 2015 calendar that will be used to raise funds for the home. In addition, we plan to take portraits of each Kwathu Children’s Home child showing how beautiful they are in print and how much they are loved by God. And last, we have plans to go out into the neighboring villages to photograph their children and families.
Photography seems like such a simple thing, but we all know the feeling we have when we see a portrait of our own child. To document in print the sweet face of a child brings a very unique joy. We want to build community through photography.
You can help! We have been sharing now for almost two years about our vision and so many have wanted to join in. Not everyone is called to go Zambia, but you can partner with us and make a difference. For this trip, we are raising funds as a group. We plan to travel January 16-29, 2014 and our fundraising goal is $30,000 for both travel and the rest of the project needs (like fence supplies) for the group. Already people are joining with us, but it will take a village to make this happen!
We would love for you to help us in this journey by: 1) praying for us, 2) spreading the word about Kwathu Children’s Home, 3) helping raise funds to care for the children and improve the conditions, and by 4) contributing funds to help us go. As a community of friends, we believe that if we all share what we have we will all have what we need. The early church provided us such a beautiful picture of how the body worked together and had everything in common.
“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” – Acts 4:32-33
I am going to challenge you. What can you give to join us in loving on the children and families in Zambia? What do you have to share? We hope you will consider that your gift of $5 or $500 or $5,000 will encourage brothers and sisters in Zambia who are laying down their lives to obey Christ. In light of what we know and imagining how we would feel if we were in their shoes, we ask you to step out in faith with us and be a part of something that is bigger than all of us.
Make checks payable to:
Grace Klein Community
1678 Montgomery Hwy #104
Birmingham, AL 35216
Or donate via PayPal at http://www.gracekleincommunity.com
-All contributions are tax deductible.-
Seriously, we are at the end of the year and I know that MANY people need tax deductions!
The best thing… when you partner with His Hands for our first overseas mission trip and then we come back and show all the pictures, you can share that you were a part of something big! Don’t wait…don’t put it off… don’t say, “I will do it tomorrow,” but instead just go, now, right now… and be a part of something awesome!
Cory and Samantha Ferguson