Once in a while, an opportunity comes along to use what abilities I have for something greater. This past summer, I spent whirlwind week in Togo, West Africa, when an organization called the Chalmers Center asked me to come along to capture what they're doing there. Chalmers works with local churches in economic development, working to heal the broken relationships that are at poverty's root, and empowering people in community to help meet each other's physical and spiritual needs. They had seen the images I took in Uganda a few years ago, and so I accompanied a few journalists and other people who were interested in the Chalmers Center's work, trying to tell the stories of ordinary people taking part in God's redemptive work, and doing extraordinary things. I haven't posted any images from the trip yet as I didn't want to take away any impact from the publications that may wish to use them in their stories. But I'm posting a few now because an article featuring some of these images was just published in the Winter 2014 issue of By Faith, a magazine from the Presbyterian Church in America.
I'm excited about this, since it's the kind of work I'd love to do more of. Anyone interested in how and why the Chalmers Center does what they do can read more in the fantastic book, When Helping Hurts.
I'm posting just a few of my favorite images that appeared in the story. There are so many more I'd love to share, perhaps at some point in the future. I'm not posting the whole article here either, but if you'd like to read it, I'll be glad to send it to anyone who asks.