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Heroes

Choose Wisely :: Using Photography to Bless and Encourage

DSC_3499Our goal is to use photography to bless others, serve our fellow man, and bring glory to God in all we do.  Last weekend we had the honor of photographing Military Families in San Diego.  Many of the families hadn’t had formal portraits of their family in some time, due to the demands of Military life…

Dunhill has created a series of videos, Dunhill “Voices,” highlighting people who exemplify  “elegance and achievement.”

This video of photographer Don McCullin is quite extraordinary.  He is known in the photography world as a “war time photographer,” a term he hates.  His words are haunting and compelling.  A reminder of why we choose to photograph the good, the beautiful…things that encourage and bless.  You don’t have to be a photographer to appreciate this little video.  There a lessons to be learned on many different levels.  Thanks to David Sims for creating this beautiful video.


Rock Hero: Sean Burgess – God’s Healer…

Sean Burgess was honored as Rock Hero today and when I heard he was going to receive an award a flood of memories came back from Jamaica.  I may not know Sean personally but I had the occasion to talk with him a few times while in Jamaica.  If it wasn’t for Sean I would have missed out on some major life  changing experiences.

One of the days I was covering events for Miles Ahead, I had the pleasure of working with the med team assigned to the Flankers Bible Church serving the local community with their medical and most importantly their spiritual needs.  The med team partnered up with locals from the church and had a sign in table up front where people came who were in need.  They went through a triage process and after some basic information was taken as well as vitals, proceeded into  one of two makeshift rooms that were setup with blue tarp near the altar.  After receiving care for their physical ailments they then would proceed to get spiritual counseling and then medication if needed from the pharmacy that was setup in another room.  Watching this team in action blessing people who very much needed their care was truly inspiring.  I even had the opportunity to sit and pray with a couple of people during this moment in time that I will remember the rest of my life.

I am forever in Sean’s debt for having recognized and setup this ministry to care for people in need of medical care.  He provided me with experiences that only God could have provided through him.  Thank you Sean and thank you God for picking him to work through!  I hope to find myself working along side you again in the future, God willing!

Loading up the buses with medical supplies for Jamaica…

Sean giving some last minute direction before breaking up into teams for the four med clinics…

Rock Hero…

Sean receiving award…

Sean quietly giving directions in the background while loading the buses in Jamaica…

Can’t head out to do God’s work without a little prayer…

Makeshift pharmacy setup with over $250,000 in donations…

Girls from the Flankers Bible Church and one of them taking a rare picture of me…

Roxi showing the kids how to use a  stethoscope…

The Miles Ahead Medical Team @ The Flankers Bible Church

Want to learn more about how to help?  Check out the medical ministry website at http://iaomaimedical.org/

Blessings,

Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer


Military Mondays

We were blessed to continue with our Military portraits with the Bell and Marianaccio families. These shoots are an amazing experience that I hope some more of our photographers get to experience.


Lifeline Ministries

last week i went to take pictures of ken davis, who leads up lifeline ministries at the rock.  lifeline is a rock ministry that goes into convalescent homes, and ministers to those there.  ive know ken for several years, hes hard to miss, being 6’8″.  weve chatted several times about what God is doin in the homes, and that its to bad video cameras arent allowed in, for confidentiality reasons, since there are lots of stories of God workin miracles.  still cameras can be brought in, but all the pics have to be of the back of their heads, so they are un-recognizable….which doesnt lend itself to great images.  but i went anyways.

ken reminded me that less than 20%  of those who enter the homes, ever leave.  for most, its the last place they will ever live, and some folks have been in homes for over 15 years.  many have no families that visit, so those volunteering for lifeline, may be the only outside contact they ever have. 

lifeline goes into over 40 homes around san diego county,  they usually spend 2 to 3 hours visiting, hosting Bible studies, and spending time talking to those in the homes.  i spent about an hour there, and in that little time, i could see the genuine care the volunteers had for those in the home.  they gave hugs and kisses, held hands and showered them w genuine love and affection. 

i tell the photographers that sometimes you have to put the camera down and just watch what God is doing.  that some things are just meant for you personally, and to recognize that and give thanks and praise to God.   im still processing all i saw, and thanking God for the opportunity to see what ken and his team are doing in the convalescent homes of san diego.   praise God!

for more info about lifeline you can email ken at  lifelineministry@therocksandiego.org