One of my greatest passions in life is to travel, but a few years ago it turned into something more. I remember being a part of a film for my old church, and listening to the people they were being interviewed about a new building that they helped finance, and the woman said, "Missions are such an important thing for our church, but we don't always get to see the results of that firsthand, but this, we're here, we'll see it, day in and day out, the effect that this will have on the people right here."
When I stood there listening to those words, everything just clicked in place. I felt like my soul started to sing, and my whole body trembled. I literally whispered to myself, "That is what I am supposed to do." From that moment on, it had became my big, Godly dream to travel with missionaries, film their experiences and the work they do there, and then bring it back to the USA to show in churches and social media to encourage people to either go on missions or support them financially. You can say that I basically have found my calling. Almost 3 years later, after much prayer and complete devotion to the Lord and his Word, I finally got my opportunity.
Within the course of 3 months, I have been to 5 countries. Yes, 3 of them have been layovers in China, South Africa, and Switzerland, but besides that I have been sent to Japan and Mozambique so far to film these stories.
Even though I have traveled a lot already, I am still very much open and willing to go again. If you are a mission or a church getting ready to go on a missions trip and have been looking for someone to film and photograph the journey or story that has already been taken place, the way this works is very simple. This type of work on its own without travel fees can be up to thousands of dollars, so I understand the hassle and burden of this reality when it comes to nonprofits. That being said, as long as my transportation, food, and housing is paid and taken care of, I collect no commission for my work. This is my way of giving to God what he has given me, and I don't want these talents to go to waste if I can somehow use it to make a difference. Plus it gives me the opportunity to travel and see God's good works in the world.