harnessing the power of photography for good

Posts tagged “travel

We Are MISSION focused

mf petco

June 2016

Travelling, photography, people, missions, a good cup of coffee are just a few of our favorite things…We love Jesus!

We believe in using our photography gifts, talents, and creativity to bless and serve others.

We are ready and willing to go anywhere, domestic or international, to photograph and serve.

We are in the process of retooling and relaunching our site so we apologize if it’s a bit dated.  If you are interested in learning more about us, we invite you to check out our           Facebook page HERE for the most up to date info about what we are up to.  You can also email us at MISSION.focused@yahoo.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

5945344318_338674bfba_o

Serving in Oaxaca, Mexico with Adventures in Life Ministry

mf hope mf rezcueHelping the San Diego Rescue Mission celebrate 60 years of ministry


Fall in Oaxaca

We had the blessing of photographing Adventures in Life Ministry’s first Fall Medical Mission in Oaxaca last week.  The photo above is the Team that traveled from the U.S. to serve with Dave and AIL.  You can read a great re-cap of the week at AIL Ministry’s blog HERE.

We will be posting more stuff and photos from the week soon.


Guelaguetza Parade…a few photos

One of the great things Adventures in Life is does, is they encourage those coming on mission with them to engage and experience the culture of Oaxaca.  The Guelaguetza is the biggest cultural celebration in Oaxaca, some would say all of Mexico.  It’s a chance for the different communities in the State of Oaxaca to come into the city and celebrate “being” Oaxacan!   The last 2 weeks of July every year, the city is alive with music, color, art, food and dance…a cultural kaleidoscope!

These are just a few photos of the Guelaguetza parade.  If you ever get a chance, and I highly encourage you to…come visit Oaxaca during the last 2 weeks of July!  You won’t be disappointed.


In Oaxaca, Serving with Adventures in Life Ministry

Brotherjoe is in Oaxaca once again, photographing Summer Camp at Pastor Chable’s.  He will be there till August 4th, then he will spend the next week in Guadalajara photographing camp there.

There is no internet at the camp, but when possible, photos will be posted on our Facebook,  https://www.facebook.com/MISSIONfocusedPhotography and on the Adventures in Life FB page, https://www.facebook.com/AdventuresInLife

This was the great team of folks who were serving the kids at the camp this past week.  Please keep brotherjoe in prayer…Thanks

team group


Travelling Light to Oaxaca :: Gotta Love Think Tank Photo!

It was a  long day of travel…it all  started on May 16th at 830pm San Diego time and ended in Oaxaca, Mexico at 630pm local time, May 17th.  I’ve been to Oaxaca 8 or 9 times in the last 4 years, photographing for Adventures in Life Ministry.

The first time I came I had my Shapeshifter and Airport International, along with a smaller roller with clothes that I would checkin.  I’ve learned over the past few years what works for me, and in the end that’s what matters.  I have also learned that the airlines in Mexico don’t care what’s in your roller. If they want to  be sticklers for the rules, they won’t let you bring your rolling case on board.  Especially if it weighs 24kg and the limit is 15kg!  Oops!!  

I love my Shapeshifter pack, it holds what I want and with some coaxing, I can fit it with the gear in the photo in the overhead bin of an AeroMexico Embrear Jet.

So this is my Think Tank Photo Shapeshifter…I love it!  I love Oaxaca and can’t wait to see more of the beautiful city.  I will be posting as much as possible, but come Tuesday, I will be up in the mountains above Oaxaca for a few days shooting in Tlaxiaco…not sure if I will have wifi.  We will see….


Back in Mexico!

untitled-8799Greetings from Casa Arnel.

I’m ( brotherjoe) in Mexico for the next week doing some photographing and planning for this Summer with Dave Miller, executive director of Adventures in Life Ministry.

Please keep us in prayer…for safety, good weather to photograph in and patience.

What was to be a relatively simple flight from Tijuana to Oaxaca, via Mexico City, turned into a long day of travel on a bus to Oaxaca from Mexico City.  This time of year the local farmers are burning off the corn fields to prepare the land for planting of the next crop of corn.  The airport in Oaxaca is downwind from many of these farms and was closed down yesterday due to the thick smoke coming from these farms.

We had to re-schedule or cancel some meetings since we weren’t able to get to Oaxaca til about 630pm.  Our original flight had us arriving in Oaxaca at 930am.  That’s ministry in Mexico.  Things change, stuff happens, you have to be patient and flexible.

Thankfully, I’m used to it now so you just roll with it.

I’m excited to be in Oaxaca.  Praise God!

You can keep track of what we are doing here and on Facebook  www.facebook.com/MISSIONfocusedPhotography

Adventures in Life  www.facebook.com/AdventuresInLife

 


Oaxaca 2013 :: Serving Alongside Adventures in Life Ministries

medteam 101_5294

L to R: Raquel, Claire, Jolene, Cyndy, Arlene, Judy, Linda with Ty in the middle

MISSION focused has been actively serving in Mexico with Adventures in Life Ministries since February of 2010.  It has been a real blessing to see up close the work Dave Miller, executive director of Adventures in Life, and their ministry partners in Mexico are doing.

The above photo is of the 2013 Adventures in Life Spring Medical Team, posing for a photo in San Diego, before heading South for Oaxaca.  They are in Oaxaca this week seeing folks that they saw last March, and attending to new people who come to their clinics this week in the different towns and villages.  Please keep them in prayer.

MISSION focused photographer Cyndy Smith, is photographing this year’s Medical Mission.

The photo below is of this year’s Adventures in Life FMO Men’s Ministry Week Oaxaca, that just finished up in February.  It was a busy week, unfortunately they didn’t have any internet connection, so we are working on photos now and hope to have some to show soon.  The photo was taken by Jim Wanglund, friend of the Mission who was photographing this year’s Men’s Week in Oaxaca.

2013 FMO Men