Photographers are not lucky to get such a photo. They don't simply happen to be in the right place at the right time with the right equipment.
Seeing a turtle on a fence post begs a question, don't you think?
How did that turtle get on the top of that fence post? Do turtles have the ability to climb?
Maybe a turtle can climb to some extent, but certainly not up a fence post. Those photos were staged. A turtle can never get to the top of a fence post on their own. The photo of a turtle on a fence post leaves a lot unsaid.
What happens in Uganda, under the umbrella of my responsibilities, is not the product of my effort ... regardless of the titles given to me by others. I find myself in some amazing stories because God has used others to get me included in them. I love the engagement, but it would be delusional and deceptive to take credit.
My recent 8 month tour in Uganda witnessed some remarkable changes. Three new projects were begun, with serious demands and rewarding results. These projects were NOT my ideas. They have not been maintained by me. The farm, the radio show, and the women's health clinic are all new developments and each is overseen and maintained by Ugandans of the next generation. These leaders are young adults we have been mentoring ... but, this mentoring would have never been possible without the hundreds of people that are a part of the NGM team.
|Ezra of GTS Consult, Jinja, Uganda|
What is my role then in the work of Next Generation Ministries? God has assembled unnamed hundreds to accomplish the mission of NGM in Uganda. Each plays a varied and vital role in an assignment that none of us can ever accomplish on our own.
One of my primary responsibilities is to be a connector. To be a communicator. To sustain the connections between the hundreds who are part of Next Generation Ministries.Social media is a critical tool that I use to inform, motivate, report, highlight, and praise.
This last tour was blessed to have Ezra join the NGM team. Ezra is a son to Pam and me, who lives with us, and he happens to be a media guy. Much of the current images and designs you will see on our webpage and Facebook are the product of his creative skills. The recent video posted on a previous blog was his project. It was his idea to develop a stand alone specific Facebook page for
|Masthead designed for NGM by Ezra|
I discovered that I could shoot a lot of photos of a particular event, post some selected photos on a Facebook page, write a description of that particular element of the day's event, and be finished with it in a relatively short period of time ... compared to writing a blog about it. This helped me inform, motivate, and profile some of the work you are involved with. It is efficient and less time consuming.
UNLESS, of course, YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE FACEBOOK NETWORK. After arriving in the United States, some people curiously asked me why I wasn't writing as many blogs as I used to. A brief analysis told me that I was communicating even more frequently through Facebook, but to a much smaller group.
It is not my objective to get you to join Facebook or to become a part of any media network that makes my job more convenient or efficient. I simply want to connect with you. There are SO many media options these days. We can't use them all. Until I know more, I think that a simple email with a connecting link to my blog is the best way to stay connected with as many as people as possible. If I don't ... I may just fall off that fence post!