Nicaragua Part 1

Nicaragua Part 1

This mission trip was so awesome that I can't even begin to tell you the story in one blog.... so I'm gonna split it up into a few! This trip was way too short but it was super emotional. I can't wait to go back, and next time I'm going to make it a longer trip!

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Grace and Reed Lathrop

This couple has been so unbelievably supportive of me and my business. Of course, they are my sister and brother in law so they kinda have to. Not only are they amazing models but they are amazing role models. This christian couple has helped shape me to who I am today. 

They have bought a house and now they are on their way to adopting a baby from Nicaragua. They are the reason why I love missions, they are the reason why I have a love for Nicaragua. They are the reason why I sponsor a child in Nicaragua. 

Working with them is always so easy and so much fun. If you haven't already been following their story make sure you visit her website to hear more about the adoption process and to also check out her art!

Follow Your Dreams

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To all the people who are too scared to embrace the gift that God gave you, too scared to show who you really are, too scared to be bold, God gave you a talent on purpose. Use it, embrace it, love it!

 

I'm so thankful for my new friend Reagan! Without her no one else would have pushed me to photograph what I love!

 

For the past 2 years I have been photographing what I thought my professor would like. She would constantly tell me to do nature photography because my subjects "didn't work well with me". Because of her I never put my heart into my work so my images were never very strong. Today Reagan reminded me that school is suppose to be a time for us to learn who we are as artist and photographers! For spring break I'm going to fully embrace the style that I love! I've mentioned before that I'll be traveling and sharing the Gospel during break, and I'm going to use that as my final project.

 

I'm excited to get rid of this fear of photographing strangers. I'm also really excited to be sharing His amazing Word! So what if my professor doesn't like my concept? This is where my heart is. I think my love for sharing His word and enjoying time with His people will show in my photographs.

 

I hope I motivate some of you to go out there and share the Gospel or to conquer a fear that you have. I pray that this helps someone embrace who they really are and to not let someone else control you.

How I'm Gonna Get to Nicaragua

 Hey friends! I'm so excited to be going to Nicaragua! Not only am I excited to be doing amazing things in the name of Jesus but I'm also excited to see the Lathrops! I'm so stoked to serve God along side Tucker and Mika! 

I can not wait to get there but I have to raise the money first! I have so many different ideas for fundraising and I can't wait to do them all! I'll come out with some more information about them soon, but in the mean time let me tell you what I'm planning!

  • Selling super soft, super cool T-shirts
  • Fundraiser night (location: ?)
  • Photo sessions (money going to trip)
  • Garage sale (not super successful, but I have stuff I don't need and it makes a little money!)
  • GoFundMe 
  • Babysitting (money going to trip)
  • Bracelets (I always buy cool bracelets for fundraisers so I think it's a good idea!)

Those are all my ideas for fundraising and I'm really excited to do them! Keep your eyes peeled for the amounts needed, our goal dates, our fundraiser and garage sale dates, and for the awesome T-shirts that we will be selling!

We ask that everyone prays that we will raise the money for this trip and that we will have faith that God will provide the money for us! Please pray that everyone will be able to go on this trip and that jobs or school will not keep us from going and spreading the good news!

Thank you friends for supporting us and for praying for us!

 

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Next Stop: Nicaragua

God is just placing one exciting adventure in front of me after the next! It's truly amazing to see what happens when you are faithful to the King of Kings!


3 things come to my mind during this exciting time

#1  "Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

-I have delighted in the Lord and he has given me the desires of my heart, which is to share His love with the world while using my talent, photography.

#2   "let God be your focal point and He will guide you."

-Boy oh boy has He guided me!

#3    "A dream comes when there are many cares." - Ecclesiastes 5:3

-Man alive! My dreams are totally coming true! 

My dreams of using photography to share His word are coming true as we speak!

First, I started a fundraiser with Doors to Freedom, where I am using my talent of photography and my love for giving to raise money for the organization. Second, I get to give AGAIN to Doors to Freedom by putting a photography session in their silent auction in April. Third, I get to go to Nicaragua in July!

God has given me the gift of giving and I absolutely love it! And I am so thankful that he has blessed me with the talent of photography because now I get to capture the amazing stories of God's children in Nicaragua!

I can't believe that I get to take my little brother, my boyfriend, one of my best friends from high school, and my amazingly talented friend to Nicaragua with me!

I can't wait to tell y'all more about this trip and the awesome ways that you can help us get there!  Keep your eyes peeled for more info!