Our HR genius, Josh, has been shooting video daily and creating a compilation of 1 second from each day of his life since April. That inspired me to do the same with a project trip, which in turn made me think another fun thing might be to give you a sort of “random moment” peek into typical project days. All times are approximate, because you don’t really think I wrote all this down the second it happened, do you?
Saturday, May 28:
You know what is pretty awesome about a project trip experience for me? I am never off. Not for one minute unless I go to sleep or everyone else does. And I LOVE it.
The point of sending a photographer on a project trip is to document the whole experience. I take that seriously. So for nearly every minute of our waking hours, my camera is never more than arm’s length from me. I may sit down to do some editing or journaling or begin the downloading process, but I am always ready to grab it and shoot if something, anything happens.
I thoroughly loved my recent project trip to Mexico. I think this trip had a common theme of how God orchestrates lives, times, places and meetings for our good and His glory. How do I start to describe this?
Maybe the first thing to say is the way that Love in Action heard of us. Daniel was a project volunteer on an EMI trip about 5 years ago. Then, as one of 10 children, he felt led to work with kids and took Spanish language school and eventually moved to Chapala, Mexico to do a 9 month internship at LIA’s facility. When we arrived, he found out about the ministry’s vision for the campus and connected them to EMI. It was a real pleasure to work alongside Daniel over the course of our time there and to see where God has been leading him.
This post will be short. Because I am telling you about how sadly lacking my French is. I could make it really long by telling you just how annoying that was, but you wouldn’t want to read that diatribe. I’ll just tell you about my two dorky experiences.
“Do you have peace? Does your village have peace? Does your family have peace?…” They can go on and on for a long time, these Senegalese greetings. In a culture that places a very high value on peace, it makes sense.
I never really experienced this greeting directly since I don’t speak French or Wolof and people knew that (go figure). I got the shorter, but equally warm version which displays the other prime Senegalese value: hospitality.
From the Keiters:
Here is where we share our daily experiences of how God is using our life in the US and abroad with eMi to draw us closer and to make Himself known.