A case for Him, them, and photography
We live in a day and age of immediacy and social media.
As a photographer for OM I have the pleasure of directly impacting those being reached while enabling those doing the reaching. I've travelled to the far reaches of the globe, deep into the Himalayan mountains to photograph the unreached people and those being reached by teams living in these locations. Driving up the steep mountainsides till encountering an impassable section of road, we would then travel by foot up the unimaginably steep hillsides to visit and photograph the work being done there. As we travelled from team to team, I was continually surprised by the age of the team members living in these remote areas. They were often younger than I and had given their entire lives to ministering among the least-reached. What struck me even more was that often they were young girls aging from around 17 to 25; living in extreme conditions and trusting the Lord with every aspect of their lives, right down to where they would sleep as they trek from village to village, either collecting Bibles or dispersing them.
I often thought back to young girls in America, too often worried about how many 'likes' the selfie they posted will get or whether they look as cute as their friends. I remember specifically one evening as I followed the young group of women down the side of a mountain and across a river, for mile upon mile in the pouring rain. They were going to a town where other members of the team had dropped off Bibles for them to pick up and carry back up to the remote villages. It was dark as we entered the town and without pausing the eldest girl and the leader of her team began asking around for lodging for the night, as they would not be able to carry their loads back up the mountain until day break. When they found lodging we parted ways and my group continued on to the next village. The courage and strength of these young women would continue to resonate in my brain. They truly know what it means to die to yourself for the the sake of Christ and the obey of the great commission.