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The Gift of Worship

I first heard about Renovate last year.  My friends were part of the leadership team and asked if I could come and take some  photos for them.   Renovate happens every other month, and their goal is to “help equip youth and young adults to live a righteous lifestyle that’s  full of boldness, yielded to the Holy Spirit &  fully consecrated to His direction.”

I look forward to Renovate because I love the worship.  The worship team may not have the greatest musicians but they are Spirit led!  I will take that over slick over-produced worship sets any day!

I didn’t take a lot of photos, I felt compelled to just sit and worship.  I have said often that as followers of Christ, seeking to use the gift of photography to help glorify Him, there comes a time when we have to put the camera down and just be in His presence.  So that’s what I did.  

It was fun watching God work in her heart as she was worshiping.

I believe we all have gifts that we can use to worship God with.  Some with their gift of music and a beautiful voice, others with their hands, and still others with their mind.  If God has blessed you with skills, like taking great photographs, use them for His Glory!

No greater blessing than being in the Spirit, using your gifts to worship the One who gave the Gift!!


Photopeeps Tonite

Photopeeps Tonite.  7pm in Rm 353 at the Rock

All are welcome.

Tonite is a sharing night, so please bring a few fresh photos that you would like to share with the class.  If you have any questions, feel free to email us at photoministry@therocksandiego.org or you can leave a message and we will reply.


Photopeeps this Wednesday…May 30th

Victory Loves Preparation!

Join us this Wednesday as we share what’s happening this Summer with Photopeeps.   We have tons of fun things planned, some new classes, photo outings and summer bbq’s…

All are welcome, with or without a camera.   If you do have a camera, please bring it with you…we might take some photos in class!

Photopeeps :: May 30th, Wednesday at the Rock, 7pm in Rm 353

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


Baptism :: Sharing the Moment!

Baptism at De Anza Cove, Mission Bay in San Diego.


Join Us Wednesday for an Evening of Fun with Dave Miller

Dave Miller, Executive Director of Adventures in Life Ministry

Dave Miller, in orange, is coming to town next week.  The photo above was taken in the middle of Oaxaca City’s main market at the world famous NIEVES OAXAQUEÑAS CHAGÜITA .  

I first met Dave back in the mid 90’s, after my good friend Grady Martine and Dave co-founded Adventures in Life Ministry.

MISSION focused first started going to Oaxaca with AIL in 2010, to help Dave document the work that God is doing there.  Since February of 2010, we have been down to Mexico with Adventures in Life several times.  The photo above was from February of 2011, with Dave is Cyndy Smith, Jim Wanglund, Terry Schwartz  and Brotherjoe

Wednesday, May 2nd, 7pm at the Rock Church in Rm 353

Dave Miller will be sharing stories with us about our most recent trip with Adventures in Life, along with photos that we took.  This will be a chance to learn what God is doing deep in the heart of Mexico and how you might partner with MISSION focused and AIL as we continue to help them photograph the work of God in Oaxaca.

Please join us, FREE fun, all are welcome!

You can learn more about Adventures in Life Ministry HERE

If you want to see what we have been doing with AIL, please go HERE


Photopeeps Sharing this Week!

Photopeeps this Wednesday, 7pm at the Rock, in Rm 353.  All are welcome!

This Wednesday, April 25th is gonna be a sharing time…hopefully yall have been busy shooting photos over the past few weeks.

Yall are cordially invited to come and share with us!  Sharing is Caring!!

Please bring 3 to 5 photos that you have taken this month, April, that you would like to share.  Be ready to talk about your photos.  It’s best to bring your photos on a thumb-drive, but you can bring them on a cd or on a memory card.

This is a great time to come and learn more about us.  We have some fun things planned for the summer and we will be sharing a little bit of what we have planned this Wednesday.

Photography is fun!  Sharing is fun!!  Sharing photos is extra fun!!


Photopeeps :: Intro to Photo Fun

Photopeeps:: Intro to Photo Fun!  Classes begin this Wednesday

The fun is about to begin…Our 6 week Intro to Photo Fun classes are beginning this week, in Rm 353 at the Rock.

All are welcome and classes are FREE!

Requirements:

~Please bring your camera and camera manual to class with you each week.

~A digital camera is preferred, but if all you have is a Polaroid camera, your more than welcome to join us.  ‘

~Each week we will be taking photos in class and you will be assigned homework assignments that you will   share in class the following class session.

~Be ready to share.  The class is meant to be fun and part of the fun is sharing photos we take and learning from each other as we share.

~Before you come this Wednesday, make sure your camera is ready to use and battery is fully charged with a memory card that is ready to use.

This Wednesday we will be talking about the Intro to Fun classes as a whole and what’s expected, and we will be talking about “the Camera.”   No camera, no photos.  No photos, no photo fun!

All are welcome, even those who don’t consider themselves as beginners.  There’s something to learn for everyone.

Any questions, please leave a comment or email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com


Observations, Ocotlan & Being Yoked

Walking down the street from Casa Arnel, on the way to Ocotlan and guess what I see in the car window…Go Chargers!

The view from the road to Ocotlan…

On the bus ride to Ocotlan….reading God’s Word! 

Pineapples!  Lots of Pineapples!

Walking through the market I saw this Dad talking to his son…it looked as if he was encouraging his son, he had a big smile as he was talking with him and gesturing and holding his son’s head in what can only be described as a loving manner.  Not sure who the other kid was, if it was his brother or friend, but he was smiling too, even though you can’t see his face in the photo.  Trust me, it was all good.

I love all the colors in the market, but unfortunately they use these blue and red tarps to cover and shield the market area from the sun…but it casts this blue and red shade on everything.  So when i saw these beautiful bell peppers in the sun I had to get this photo!  I wish yall could have seen this in real time…the colors just popped!!

I took this photo for Cyndy…since she couldn’t make it this time to Oaxaca and seems to only know how to take photos of flowers and her dog!

These guys don’t look so happy… after-all it is market day in Ocotlan and they’re for sale!

I love how big and colorful the churches are in Mexico.  Yes it is a Catholic Church.  But It doesn’t stop me from acknowledging the God I serve and having reverence and awe for how big He is and how small I am!  And remembering that He died on the cross for my sin that I might have life and breath…to serve Him with my whole heart.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
(Matthew 11:29-30 ESV)

What a great reminder…this yoke weighed about 40 pounds.  Can’t imagine trying to roll with this on my back for more than a few seconds.  It reminds me that I need to trust Christ first and foremost for all my needs.  That while I was the only photographer able to make it to Oaxaca this time, it is a team effort.  The work is made easier and less burdensome with the help of many hands.  I believe that’s why we are told in Hebrews

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
(Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)

I am encouraged by what I see in Oaxaca…and the main work hasn’t begun yet.  It was a great day with God!


Photopeeps this Wednesday :: February First

How many folks does it take to hold a ladder for a photographer?

Photopeeps this Wednesday, February 1st at 7pm at the Rock Church in Rm 353…Join the Fun!

Homework for this Wednesday is Shadows

Come join the fun as we share photos we took this week of Shadows.  If you weren’t able to make it last Wednesday but want to share in the fun…go and take photos of Shadows.  Please bring three(3) photos to share with the class, plus the photo you took and shared on facebook.  Be ready to share, since sharing is caring.

We are starting our Intro to Photo classes on February 15th.  Keep an eye on this site for more info…


Photopeeps this Wednesday…Join the Fun!

Photopeeps is back!  Come join the fun this Wednesday, 7pm Rm 353 @ the Rock, All are Welcome!

This Wednesday, January 18th, we will be sharing our calendar of events and photo field-trips for the year and talking more about upcoming classes.

Homework for this Wednesday…was to take photos of palm trees.  

Palm trees are the subject, beyond that it’s up to you…please bring three (3)  photos to share with the class.  Please bring your camera to class as well, because there might be a surprise in class photo contest…you never know!

All are welcome, with or without a camera.  Classes are free and photographers from all skill levels are welcome.  Come and share with us…sharing is caring!

Any questions…leave a comment and we will get back to you…


Photopeeps is Back!

Christmas has come and gone but the Gift of Christ still keeps on giving for

those who still seek HIM!  

If you didn’t know, it was snowing this past Christmas at the Rock.  Great photo Cyndy!

We like to have fun and 2012 is gonna be fun.

We will be meeting this Wednesday, January 11th in Rm 353 at the Rock, 7pm.  All are welcome!

Since we haven’t met since last year before Christmas, this Wednesday is gonna be a sharing night. Hopefully all y’all have been taking lots of photos during our break because we want you to bring your five(5) favorite photos that you want to share with the class.

Being the 1st gathering of the new year and the fact that we like to have fun, we will have some snacks for y’all as well.  Feel free to bring some snacks, soda or steak to share with the class and come learn about all the fun we’re gonna have in 2012.

Any questions feel free to email us MISSION.focused@yahoo.com or leave a comment at the end of this post and we will get back to you.


Sustainability Lessons from Oaxaca

This post was originally written after my first visit to Pastor Chable’s ranch in the Summer of 2010.  With my recent trip to Oaxaca and spending time on Pastor Chable’s ranch, I thought it would be good to show what God is doing in the area of Sustainability….I welcome your thoughts.

In this photo, of the farm of Pastor Chable, you can see left to right…the greenhouse where tomatoes and peppers are grown, in the middle 2 buildings that house chickens, turkeys and rabbits (for food), and on the right a field waiting to be planted with corn.

This is where the rabbits are housed.  The middle row of cages is where the breeding rabbits are.  in an effort to maintain the integrity and health of the rabbits, the University of Guadalajara’s agriculture dept has helped catalog and register the rabbits used for breeding here.  The male offspring are never introduced to any of the breeding females and unfortunately for the males, they usually are the first to be sold for food or invited to dinner…

What Pastor Chable is doing on his farm outside of Oaxaca, is selling rabbits for food to help pay for the upkeep of the rabbits, chickens, and turkeys.  He is also selling breeding “sets”.  A female will on average give birth to 10 rabbits, 4 times a year.  And if I remember correctly, each rabbit will yield about 4 kilos of meat.

For less than $150 US dollars, a farmer can purchase 1 male and 10 females, to begin raising rabbits for food and revenue.  With the formula of 1/10 a farmer will on average have 400 rabbits that he can use to feed his family, which means protein for life.  The rabbits also provide the farmer a way to help support his family, by the selling of rabbits.  The buzz word in missions lately is sustainability.  This is what Pastor Chable is doing…providing a way for locals to support their families.

While we may find it objectionable to eat Bugs Bunny, it’s a reality.  A friend recently reminded me that if we saw how most of our meat comes to the table, we would all be vegetarians.  If you would like to learn more of the process…and see photos you can go to HERE and enter the password: LIFE

**warning**     The images are graphic, showing rabbits that are being prepared  to be slaughtered for food.    If you are squeamish about that sort of thing, please dont go to the post.  But if you want to learn more about the good thats happening with the rabbits, feel free to go…

What’s sad to me is what I heard shared about churches in the states who are helping support the work in Oaxaca.  Some of the U.S. churches have stated that they would like Pastor Chable to only give meat to christians.  On occasion, famlies will come to Pastor Chable asking for meat to help feed their families.  He doesn’t turn down anyone needing help, with or without money.  Those of us visiting, thought it funny that these American churches in essence are asking Pastor Chable to not feed non christians, only to feed christians.  Those of us visiting thought this was funny…you want to help support the work in Oaxaca, but only to christians.  This is ridiculous.  But it happened.  Of course Pastor Chable  couldn’t abide by that request.

This opens up another can of worms that won’t be discussed here right now…that being, “do we have a right to tell those we are supporting financially how to use those funds?”

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He does raise chickens and turkeys as well.  I was surprised to hear that turkeys are hard to raise…they eat lots and take too long to get big and plump (naturally), so its not worth it.  He keeps a few turkeys, like the dude above, cause they look good.  But the most bang for the peso (or buck) comes with the rabbits.

Pastor Chable sharing with the kids about the rabbits and the tomatoes they are growing…

This is corn that will be planted.  Another way to help local farmers produce a product they can take to market and support their families.

Irrigation lines in the corn field.  Adventures in Life is helping bring new farming techniques to local famers in Oaxaca to help them get the most from their crops.  Dave has brought down some folks from the states who are farmers, to help them share ideas…the big picture is to help locals be self sufficient, so they can support their families while staying in Oaxaca.  Like many areas in Mexico and Central and South America, the men have left their homes to search for employment to support their families…many coming to the U.S.  as  the local church in Oaxaca seeks to provide means for the men to produce corn and tomatoes on a small plot of land, and to raise rabbits, the hope is that they can stay with their families and keep the family together.  Which is much better than having the husbands thousands of miles away.

Pastor Chable with his family (minus their oldest son)

This trip was definitely eye opening, and a blessing to see what God is doing in Oaxaca, through men like Pastor Chable.   I look forward to seeing what God does as Adventures in Life continues to work in Oaxaca.  If you’d like more information about Adventures in Life, you can go HERE, I’m sure Dave would love to hear from you.

If you want to see more about sustainability and rabbits, you can go HERE and enter the password: LIFE

warning…warning… these images are graphic in nature, showing the slaughter of rabbits for food.  It’s real and it’s life.  It may not be suitable for children.