Our Journey “As we prepare to move to Zambia, I was thinking about just how unlikely I would have imagined today to be…back on August 1, 2008.”
As we stepped off the plane in Zambia on that cool winter day, little did we know that our lives were about to be forever changed. To go on that mission trip meant that I had to forfeit a photography event that was usually very profitable. I was in a real “catch-22”. Karen was my new bride and I felt compelled to be with her as her husband. That was the reason I went. We were cautioned not to make the trip if we did not feel called (by God) to go. In my case, I did not feel called…I simply felt a sense of duty - as protector of my family that I should go.
For 2 weeks, we did what most teams do on a mission trip; we worked with the children, we ministered to the villagers in the bush, we helped put a roof on a church, etc… Suddenly, it all seemed very exciting. I began to realize I was loving everything about this trip, the people, the mission, the needs there, the opportunity to help meet those needs…suddenly, I found a tremendous heart for that work. Where usually, my mind was completely fixated on the business of Photoline - what we were doing next; how to get better at it; how to maximize the profit potential of the business; etc., I was now captivated with the idea of becoming a full time missionary. The business I left back in the states just never entered my mind on that trip. How God took the intense interest I had in my business and transferred it to missionary work will forever be an amazement to me. I understand that He can plant a seed in your heart and help it grow. But, for it to absolutely replace any and all previous interests and desires about life and how one wishes to complete it…it just has to be a sign to that God is a mighty and powerful god who is real and still wields a miraculous hand.
I woke up one day and discovered God wanted me to quit what I was doing for me...and start doing something for Him.