Thursday, July 28, 2011

Peru - Day 6


Day 6 was our day off. We went into the downtown area of Lima and did the tourist things. We took a tour of a Catacomb Museum. We took photos in the square. Eventually we ended up in the market where we purchased our souvenirs.

This was my first missions trip and it was off the hook. If you have never done a missions trip I highly recommend it.

I had a lovely time and I hope you were able to enjoy the visuals through the photos. Thanks for sharing this journey with me.

You can view Day 6 photos here.

- J

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Peru - Day 5


Day 5 was the first day we had some relief. We worked double shifts Sunday through Wednesday with no real time to sit and process. On Thursday we actually had a relaxing afternoon. :)

Earlier in the day we visited the neighborhood near the main church to pray with people and invite them to attend the evening service. This was another great time of going door to door to meet with people.

For the afternoon we drove about 90 minutes up into the mountains. I slept for some of this so I have no clue what direction we headed. Anyway, the place where we went to was a property the church used for retreats and family crisis/emotional healing conferences. The whole time we were in Peru the temperature was in the 60s. Up in this mountain area in the afternoon the sun was beaming and it felt like the high 70s/low 80s which was a nice change.

You will see more landscape photos which were taken by Ezzy and myself. After lunch, we went to a river where four people from the team were baptized.

In the evening we went back to the main church for our last service. Personally this was off the hook because I had the privilege of preaching. God's presence truly showed up and there was beautiful ministering to those who needed emotional healing.

You can view Day 5 photos here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Peru - Day 4


On Day 4 we spent the entire day in the neighborhood called "Comite 8". With a huge soccer field in the middle, this neighborhood is poor and very drug infested.

From early in the day we went door to door praying with people, inviting them to the afternoon Vacation Bible School for the children, and also inviting them to the evening service.

This day my point and shoot camera had a low battery which I did not realize until I was in Comite 8. Needless to say I still got some great photos.

You can view Day 4 photos here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Peru - Day 3


This morning we visited a secondary school in Carabayllo which had a massive courtyard. After singing a few songs, we performed a dramatic skit called "Un Corazon Vacio (An Empty Heart)". Then a few people from our group shared their testimonies. It was beautiful to see how these young people were touched by the words which were shared. The time of prayer was wonderful to experience.

After lunch Team Awesome went to Antioch while we (Team Harvest) went back to Santo Domingo. We had another great afternoon of Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the children. This time we did VBS in a different park in Santo Domingo. Oh how I love coloring and playing games with the kids. Seeing their eyes light up and the smiles on their faces are wonderful gifts to experience.

After our little puppet show, Kayla shared a short preaching with the children. Again it is quite beautiful to see children make a decision for Jesus.

During the evening all of us went to Antioch to partake in the service in the drizzling rain. As always there was joyous dancing up front during the singing/worship time. I even got a little jump up of my

You can view Day 3 photos here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Peru - Day 2


Every morning we would gather together in the Lobby after breakfast to have a time of worship and teaching. Then we would head out for our destination.

This morning we met up at the main church where we were separated into two teams: Team Harvest and Team Awesome. Team Awesome went to Antioch in the afternoon while we went to Santo Domingo.

At Santo Domingo we went door to door speaking with people in the neighborhood. We prayed with them and invited them out to the afternoon Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the children and the evening service for both adults and children at the church.

The afternoon with the kids at VBS was so much fun. These kids really had a great time and truly shared their genuine love with us while we were serving them. It was amazing to see some of these children make a decision for Jesus Christ. What I miss the most about Peru is the VBS and the children.

In the evening some people from our team shared their testimony and Peter preached.

You can view Day 2 photos here

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Peru - Day 1


So I participated in a missions trip with Adventures In Missions last week. We spent all day Sunday through Friday in Lima, Peru. Getting there was quite an adventure as we spent 12 hours at the airport before we actually left NYC. The story is long so I will just circumnavigate it so you know Spirit Airlines really sucks. [We eventually flew LAN]

Anyway, I brought my Canon G12 so I would be able to take photos and video.

During Day 1 we arrived at our hostel at 7:30am. We had just enough time to check into our rooms and have breakfast. Please note we had running water, a shower stall, and a toilet in our room. However the toilet had no toilet seat. We made do. I'm just sayin'.

After breakfast we visited the local church we would be working with. They greeted us with so much love.

Then we went into the neighborhood and the market and handed out flyers for the event that was taking place in the evening.

Afterward we visited two daughter churches of the main church we had visited earlier.

At nighttime we went back to the main church and some people from our group shared a portion of their testimony of what God had/has done in their lives.

You can view Day 1 photos here.

- J

Friday, July 8, 2011

Portrait: Trini Groom


During our first day of photographing, Miranda and Ryan were dressed in traditional Indian garb as they partook in the Hindu Wedding ceremonies for both the bride and groom.

En route to the hall I took this portrait of Ryan waiting in the limousine.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Portrait: Trini Bride


Wow, I had a blast photographing Miranda & Ryan's wedding this past weekend. They are a cute Trinidadian couple from New Jersey. I actually met them at the end of last year through a referral by my brother.

My frequent trips to Trinidad (an understatement) and having a best friend who is Trinidadian helped me truly understand and love the culture. This definitely helped in my conversations with Miranda and Ryan.

After hanging out and talking we decided on May to take engagement photos which look amazing. I need to share some on the blog since they are already completed.

So when it came time to shoot their two-day wedding, I brought along my friend and photographer Wilnelia Velez to work with me. All I can say is there are way too many gorgeous photos. If you have ever been to a Trini wedding you know they know how to party.

Enjoy the beauty of the lovely Miranda captured by Wilnelia.