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An experience…

Two years ago was literally my first Rock Photography experience… I felt almost – well – lost… My shots were out of focus, off in composition, it was a learning experience… It was Toys for Joy 2007. I thank God for that opportunity. I grew so much as a photographer and truthfully got to see how documenting where God is working can be so amazing… Today– as a Rock Photographer – it has been unbelievable. And now, 2009, not only has our photo ministry grown, but so has Toys for Joy – in every way possible… I had a great time and it was truly great to be a witness…

That last one says it all for me – cut away all the distractions – the massive amounts of people, the piles of toys and clothes, the rain…. heck even the color in the picture!… to a child it didn’t matter… they are just so drawn by the one gift that they get to come away with… it was the feeling that whatever their personal situation, this is the thing that mattered in this moment… that was their moment.


MOTR – Men’s Church with Pastor Miles

Tuesday night – Men of the Rock. They are there every Tuesday night and if you are a man of the Rock and want to grow your faith, then you need to be there. Ronnie and Rick Holderby’s testimony regarding this ministry starts simply… The men’s ministry started only a few years ago with only a few men of the church. Through the beginning – they had wondered if this ministry is really what God had called them to do… Sometimes five, sometimes 12, sometimes just the two of them… In truth, to hear the challenges they had begun with encourage me… It only solidifies God’s power and work in this ministry. But, God moves in mighty ways… Moving from just a small room upstairs in the building, to the cafeteria – The Men of the Rock now face a problem – we have come to a point where they may fit nowhere else, but the main sanctuary – a “problem” we’d like to have…

I graduated from IRONMEN back in winter 2008 and – in a few words – it changed my life. A 12 month curriculum, 12 books, study, worship, fellowship, accountability, memory verses – it was real challenge. And honestly, through it all, I was so busy I didn’t even realize it – looking back, my life, my faith, and my love for God has grown like never before… I have been blessed…

Seeing men worship together – something is powerful about it…

This past Tuesday, MOTR had a special guest, Pastor Miles… and his message was on adversity… knowing who you are in God and understanding pain’s purpose in your growth – and it couldn’t be more appropriate… especially for me… praise God. At the end of the message he called the men forward to recommit to God…

Men, there are several ministries available – Again every Tuesday, Warriors meet… a new Ironmen session begins in March. And in addition, The Most Excellent Way, For Men Only, and Prayer Warriors are ministries for addiction, sexual integrity accountability, and prayer – respectively.

The sanctuary was packed with God-seeking men… praise God…Pastor Darren alluded to something past Sunday that was very telling. He said, he believed that the problems in our world do not have to do with TV shows, the media, or anything else – It is because the men are not being the men that God has made them to be… Men of the Rock, the momentum is building… The first lesson I learned in Ironmen – if you want to be blessed, if you want to know God more, if you want to grow – Go where God is working…


Truly Amazing…

Before I left for the Crusade, I was reminded by Nancy to not forget to put the camera down. Being a front row witness to the power of this event gave me a perspective I haven’t experienced in any place. The Holy Spirit was definitely present and moving at this event. I spent a lot of time shooting up front, but there were moments during the praise and message that I couldn’t help but stop and be in awe of God’s moving power. There were people farther than my camera could see.

 

During the Altar Call, I really wanted to capture the full crowd and see who would make a decision for Christ. But, when the time to raise your hands and make a decision came, I was so overwhelmed by the sea of hands being raised – and so was our staff. We couldn’t have enough people to counsel the number of people that raised their hands. I was one of the few people that, because I had a camera, was directly in front of the stage. There was definitely a huge need. God said, it’s time to put your camera down. I scrambled for pens and dedication sheets. I tried to help as many people as I could. Praise God. The Crusade was moving so fast I could barely process it. But, looking back the power of God was so strong and sweeping, it broke and exceeded any expectations that anyone there could have had. Truly amazing.

 

-DGalang

go to www.milesahead.tv for videos and pics from last night


All I Have…

 

 

We haven’t even started serving yet and I felt like God has shown me so much. Today, our entire group was divided up and went to experience church at 8 different places in Jamaica.  I tagged along with the Children’s Ministry group and went to a church called The Meeting Place.  I have never experienced church this way before and for me it was more than just an eye opening experience – it was almost overwhelming.  The service lasted for about two and half hours and for 90 minutes we worshiped – that’s right – more than the length of time we spend at an entire service back home, we spent worshiping God.  But, that wasn’t the reason why going to church here moved me.  What overwhelmed me was the presence of the Holy Spirit in this worship.  The regular attendees of this church felt free and so happy to praise – it was more than just raising your hands and clapping.  Voices were at their highest the entire time, people felt that they could dance, and if so moved, people came up to the altar just to fall to their knees in worship.

 

Worship and the way that I express it to God has always been somewhat of a growing experience in and of itself.  When I first came to Christian church, clapping was as far as I could get for me to tell God thank you for every single blessing He has ever poured out to me… wow.  Then I eventually moved from the alligator arms, to a full surrender – with my entire musically illiterate voice…  My worshiping of God, I felt, has been growing so much and has been really good.  But, to come to this space and realize that church for the people of Jamaica (I hear that almost all the services were similar at the other churches) experience their worship like this on a regular basis?! Let’s just say that it makes me feel like I haven’t even begun worshiping God with my full self.  Experiencing church here is showing me that in my worship – God is asking me for all I have, not just my voice or my arms, but all I have…

 

This picture was actually captured during our group worship times in the evening in our meeting room.  For me, seeing people worship in all different ways has helped me gain so much more understanding of what worshiping God can be.  Falling to my knees and humbling myself before God or closing my eyes and lifting my hands, God is as really asking me to give Him all that I have.  And given the blessings He endlessly pours out to me, that really isn’t too much to ask.

 

-DGalang 

  4.27.08


The Arrival…

 

 

The flight felt like it lasted forever.  In total it was about 13 hours with the layover in Newark (or something like that), but I think the cold that I was carrying into it made it feel longer…  The best part of the long trip though, was the fellowship.  I came on this trip essentially knowing my fiancé and maybe a small handful of others… In the airport, on the plane, and everything in between – Vaness and I got to know a whole bunch of different people from the church.  For me, starting the trip that way, was a blessing.

 

Speaking of meeting people, the people of Jamaica are beyond anything that the word hospitable describes.  Very giving and humble, each person that we met in Jamaica on our way to the hotel greeted us with an impressionable personality.  It was the type of encounter that made you want to know more about who they were.  Back home, we often brush shoulders with people and we don’t even think about it.  This picture was taken of the one and only guy assigned to help us load our luggage on the bus.  I put my luggage down and stopped.  I felt a bit awkward that he was loading nearly 80 people’s bags on to the bus by himself.  I offered to help and grabbed a bag to put in the bus, then the driver stopped me and said, “It’s okay mon, no worries, let him do it.”  He continued on, pouring with sweat in the hot and humid air serving our group.  He had a quiet way about him, but you could tell he had a servant’s heart. 

 

From the moment of the arrival of our group – God showed us the type of people we ourselves were going to serve – beautiful, humble, and hospitable.  The entire journey thus far had been full of amazing people – and we haven’t even started yet…

 

-DGalang

  4.27.08 


Blessed Are the Flexible…

 

My main assignment today was to follow the Sports Ministry as they went to Herbert Morrison Technical High School and capture workshops and a Soccer match.  This particular school was a much anticipated place of ministry for the Sports team.  You can just see the excitement and look of anticipation in their eyes.  As we waited in the lobby to meet the players and the students of the school, the Sports team spent their time passing out the Best Dressed 50 Fest fliers.  This was a very productive time for the team, but some news was about to come their way that was gonna test the first rule for all Missionaries – Blessed are the Flexible.  As it turns out, there was a miscommunication with the school and long story short – there was going to be no meeting, no match, no workshops, nothing.  From that point – we knew it has to be in God’s hands…

 

I noticed that our driver is playing Christian music throughout the whole ride.  When we prayed together, he joined our group in prayer.  Apparently, our bus driver has a son that attends Barracks Road Primary School, a school that was not on the list of places that we were going to visit this week.  He offered to take us over there to see if the Sports team could take their ministry there, join them, and work with the students.  Being the only real option (the other was to go back to the hotel) we drove over and the administration welcomed us in!  As we arrived we were greeted by some of the most energetic and sweetest kids you could ever meet.  We ended up catching them right as they were going to begin their daily devotional and were blessed enough to sing and pray with the entire school.  From that point, the team split to visit classrooms and many of them began to talk to students individually, sharing with them their stories and in numerous cases, sharing how to have a relationship with Jesus with these kids.  Amazing.  I was able to capture so many pictures of these moments – God was showing me so much through this experience.  But, one picture captures the theme of the day and the activities that the team and the kids shared, all in one.

 

This picture was of the soccer field that the kids play on every day.  Only one goal on one side, huge rocks everywhere, uneven ground, trash, hills, and these two large concrete slabs directly in the middle of what was their field.  Blessed are the flexible indeed.  They played on this field because it was their home – and loved every minute of it.  All these little bumps in the road just added character to them.  You truly did have to work with what was given to you, but in the end they were still able to play the game and have an amazing time doing it.  The Sports team and the kids ended up playing a very competitive and fun game.  This time was filled with so many smiles, so much interaction, and such an amazing blessing.  From there, the team joined the other half of the sports team for another set of workshops and games at another school – also very amazing.

 

God is so good, so amazing, and… so in control.  Blessed are the flexible – and besides – it’s all God’s plan anyways right?

 

-DGalang 

 4.28.08