It’s Sunday night, our third day at Into Abba’s Arms, and I am sitting on my bed listening to rain drive hard against the metal roof. We tried twice today to shoot Jane’s interview and both times we got all set up only to have the rains begin before we had even 20 seconds of footage. I’m glad we have two more days to do this.
It has rained so hard this afternoon and evening that it is like all the rain God held back during King’s Feast has to come down now.
We managed to get some interview footage from Lydia and George, siblings who grew up at IAA. We shot that indoors and that’s how we will do the remaining interviews, if we have to. But the best room has dim fluorescent lighting and only passable acoustic quality, so we will be praying for no rain in the morning. Besides, the site is so beautiful and peaceful, it would be shame to not have it featured.
The girls have had a great time. They’ve both been playing with the kids and spent a good bit of time talking to and getting to know Lydia. We brought some bottles of bubbles to blow and that was a huge hit with the younger kids (note to self — always bring bubbles on project trips that feature kids). Both have been good sports about letting the girls braid their hair. At the moment I am listening to them giggle and sing "The Greatest Showman" soundtrack with two other girls who came with another family.
This project has been a real pleasure to work on, despite the loads of advance planning I had to do, and knowing how many hours of editing probably await me back home (initial guess: 60-80). And it has been a good opportunity for me to practice the mental exercise of constantly remembering exactly who it is I work for. Not for people, but for the Lord. I say this not because anyone has been annoying, thus requiring me to inhale deeply and recite a mantra. Rather, it’s because I know how I get when I am tired. And for some reason, shooting video for hours on end in rain, bad lighting, rough acoustics, or all of the above is really, really exhausting. I get cranky and don’t want to go on. It happens on a lot of project trips and it’s the part where I sigh and say, “This thing I call my dream job doesn’t feel like much of a dream.” But when I think of God as my “boss” it becomes a lot easier to press through exhaustion and work hard, work well.
P.S. Obviously, I wrote this on site in Kenya but now we are home. I am happy to report that the very next day we had ideal conditions for video. The sky was bright but with just enough cloud cover to create a good filter. The birds were chirping, creating a lovely ambient sound. In fact, the weather was so nice and warm and sunny that I got burned. So if you see me with a bad farmer tan this summer, blame that one morning in Kenya.
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