Baton Rouge Flood Relief & What Remains (USA)

Baton Rouge Flood Relief & What Remains (USA)

In August of 2016, a state of emergency was declared in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prolonged rainfall resulted in a catastrophic flood that destroyed over 40,000 homes and killed over 13 people. One month later, I arrived in Baton Rouge along with a team of volunteers to aid in relief efforts. We teamed up with Operation Blessing, who sent us to a woman’s house with an address and a wheelbarrow full of tools. The first time we met Shantay, I could tell she was heavy with grief. You could sense the weight of the…Read more …
Through the Lens | Lincoln Vallett (Ethiopia)

Through the Lens | Lincoln Vallett (Ethiopia)

When I met her she was skin and bones, swimming in clothes that probably used to fit her before she got sick. She was then sixty pounds at age fourteen and looked like a child half her age. We took her to the hospital before she would go in for heart surgery. She’d clearly been there many times before, enough to trace her own way around the chaos of the city that surrounded the wing. Her skinny limbs took her until she was almost out of my sight before I called her name, “Amarech!”…Read more …
The Long Version: How Was Ethiopia?

The Long Version: How Was Ethiopia?

Confessions of a Missionary: After 11 months around the world, 10 months back in America & 1 month in Ethiopia "So, how was your trip to Ethiopia?"  There is always a quick hesitation on my lips as the past month races through my mind with scenes and faces in a blink of an eye, before I say something like…"It was good! It was hard at times, but I met some amazing people and I know that I was there for a reason so I'm glad I went. It was good." That's the short…Read more …
“AHope” –HIV Orphanage (Ethiopia)

“AHope” –HIV Orphanage (Ethiopia)

In the bustling city of Addis Ababa, houses are made of tin and barefoot women sell potatoes stacked into tiny pyramids on plastic sacks that cover the ground. Amongst it all pair of metal doors stand tall with a sign outside that reads: "AHOPE". Beyond the gate is an orphanage, inhabited entirely by children who are HIV+. They shake my hand and giggle excitedly as I ask to photograph them, posing in goofy ways like any child would. Truth is, I would never know they were all sick unless I were told, because…Read more …
Beacon of Hope (Mozambique)

Beacon of Hope (Mozambique)

When we first meet the boys, they all line up in a row and we are strangers who don't speak the same language. One day I sit outside playing my ukelele and fourteen year-old Daniel shuffles up to me with a curious smile. He is fascinated by the sound and we have a conversation in words we can't understand and hand motions. I hand him the instrument and his smile grows a mile wide. Throughout the month we teach English classes. Some of the boys don't know how to read, even at fifteen years old. One of them is further behind, and I…Read more …
India in Photographs

India in Photographs

I spend the month of March in India, where the heat of the days are gloriously unbearable. India sounds like truck horns, shouting people and the buzz of rickshaw motors. Chai milk tea burns my tongue when I'm already dripping sweat from the beating sun. Hot air brushes our hair as we ride through the veins of the cities, piling more people than can fit into a single  tuk-tuk by sitting on each others laps. Beneath the vibrancy of life in this country lies countless dark stories of its people, who commonly suffer from poverty, sexual…Read more …
The Orphan of the Town (Nepal)

The Orphan of the Town (Nepal)

When I fall in love with Nepal I am walking through a dream, surrounded by green mountains and the world feels hushed. I had no idea the world was capable of so much beauty. We ride in a van for hours going nowhere and seemingly everywhere. We drift deeper into the dream, always upward on mountainsides so high that I think we’ll reach the clouds. The roads we drive on are dirt and rock, paved by travelers before us. The mountainsides are terraced for farming and look like God’s stairs. At the top of…Read more …
Zoe    (South Africa)

Zoe (South Africa)

Zoe (A Journal Entry) Zoe* is one of the most beautiful children I've ever seen. She is ten years old and is in that stage of being still a child but almost a young woman. Her limbs are long and her face is young. She has light eyes and swollen lips. Freckles dust her face and her eyebrows are perfectly thick, with full eyelashes. She’s wise beyond her years and speaks in a low voice with the maturity of an adult. She tells me stories about the things she’s seen, many of which are disturbing…Read more …