15 11 / 2011
Wow, what an amazing place. I got to experience it for about a 20 hour period.
On the way home from Nepal, my flight into Seoul, Korea was delayed, which caused me to miss my connection to LAX, but in the end it was a huge blessing.
By god’s grace I ended up at the Hyatt Regency Incheon where I spent the night in a cozy bed watching Bear Grylls attack life. Woke up and had breakfast at the regency club (family hookups are a blessing) and then went into the city.
Was a fantastic experience riding the train towards the skyscrapers and over the bridges seeing Korea for the first time. I met a few great people who helped me find my way and gave me some suggestions on what else to do.
I let myself wander with no agenda and it was such a refreshing time just hearing God speak to me as I soaked in a completely new cultural experience. Little talking, no music playing, and rarely shooting everything gave some space to think - and it was so good.
More things I could share but I’ll post a short video eventually.
This world is a big place, and it’s always moving, always changing, and there are so many places to visit.
I am so blessed to every day, learn to appreciate it more - causing me to fall more in love with it’s Creator.
I really wanna go to Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Thailand.
14 11 / 2011
God’s grace is freaking fantastic and I can’t even wrap my head around it.
13 11 / 2011
"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."
12 11 / 2011
the 14 day shoot is over and we are finally back to the city of kathmandu.
the past two weeks have been a whirlwind, but filled with so many unexpected blessings and challenges. God answered so many prayers and provided for every single thing that we needed to get done.
a lengthy update is on the typewriting blocks, and will be delivered to the world wide web in a jiff, mate.
the word that would describe my physical and mental state is knackered - which is a new zealand slang for freaking tired, worn out, almost dead, etc…
05 11 / 2011
from the heart journal //
God is doing wonderful things in the work of INF, but even more particularly on my heart. He has placed two INF staff on this documentary trip doing the producing / directing / translating / logistics / finances / etc who are crazy awesome vessels for God’s grace, patience, and love — I am so enthralled and blessed to be around these men who LOVE Jesus and are so passionate about doing work for the Father. They make each day unique and fun, they assist and are so giving of their help in making my job so much easier as a cinematographer and storyteller. I am impressed and humbled and constantly being challenged in my own areas of patience, humility, and selflessness.
I have been so blessed with increased time to just be. I have had time to listen. I have had time to speak. All this time has been wonderfully spent with my Father. I am more and more aware of my need for more of Jesus and a daily complete and powerful filling of the Holy Spirit, whether I think feel or know I need it each day.. It is so evident that spending more and more time in the Word and prayer is so necessary even when it’s not convenient or desirable at the time.
I had been searching through footage today after our small shoot in the government hospital here in Jumla, feeling just kind of empty about the day, and I was like — the morning started so fast that just a few verses and short prayers seemed to only get me a few hours in, and immediately went back to the Word and spent time with my Father — instantly filled up and stoked to be His child and doing work for Him, no matter the circumstances.
If there’s one thing I can encourage you with — no matter how much time I spend reading or praying, I can always spend more, and it is always MORE than worth my investment. God’s presence “is so thick and tangible — God wants you to feel His amazing love - the love of God changes us - we’re never the same after we have encountered the love of God”[kim walker]
i love doing what i do. i love making films. it is my calling, and i love that its so intertwined and mixed up with missions, it’s the best kind of worship to the Lord that just speaks of a creative Creator who has orchestrated it all and painted a beautiful picture for us to capture sight of.
FATHER GOD - YOU ARE SO GREAT,
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to spread your gospel and incorporate my love for film, I am blessed, you are so gracious. Amen.
05 11 / 2011
from the travel journal //
If you have been following this blog, even mildly, you might know that I am in Nepal traveling around doing some documentary filming for an organization called INF (www.inf.org/nepal-documentary). Since Tuesday the 1st of November, we have been in a small remote district called Jumla. it’s made up of a number of smaller villages around the area, from a few hours walk to days of walking away.
we had two stories to shoot out here:
the first: a woman who had lost 14 of her children and wanted a good life for her last daughter left after her husband died while out gathering wood and fell off of a cliff. INF basically gave her a Bison to raise money for her daughter to goto nursing school.
the second: a woman who had lost her son who had a 3 month old, and then the baby was placed in her arms to care for and he quickly became malnourished because she couldn’t breastfeed him, and INF stepped in to support the baby and the boy is now 3 years old, raring and kicking.
it’s been really amazing being out here, in the rural-ness of it all. for three days we were in a few villages without power / running water, and for the past week we’ve been eating the traditional Dal Bat (rice, curried lentils, spinach) with a little chicken, bison yogurt and milk, and goat legs here and there.
we do sleep on wooden beds, the mattresses are a thick blanket with little cushion (in fact I’m sore just from sitting on it typing these updates) — i am excited for a comfortable bed back in Nepalgunj tomorrow night before we drive to Pokhara, Nepal.
YES, this is GREAT.
ps. it’s 32 degrees here. and Im about to jump in my sleeping bag and pass out. night!