What?! How did that happen?
Honestly, I have no clue. Ha. But I realize I owe you an update since I very suddenly dropped it on you all that I was headed halfway around the world for the second time in two months.
We recently wrapped filming of this youth curriculum about poverty and Biblical justice here at home, after a weekend of doing some filming similar to what we were doing in the Philippines.
It was wild, crazy-God-beautiful, unbelievably tough, mind-blowingly fulfilling and so much fun.
Each time I started a day of filming or shared a moment with a child in the Philippines or opened my mouth to speak, I could only think How blessed are we, that God would choose to include us in His Kingdom work?
Think about it guys... He doesn't have to, yet He does. That is the kind of God we serve.
I'll be able to tell more specific stories when the actual videos come out and I'm able to share them with you, which I absolutely cannot wait to do! [Really, this is the hard part for me now... Just waiting to see the finished product! ;) #patience]
But in the meantime, here are some photos [that you might've already seen if we're connected on Instagram or Twitter!] from our filming both in the Philippines and Toronto, from various team members. It was such a privilege to work with such an awesome team, who are all so passionate about Jesus and sharing His heart for the poor.
LoadingOnly two hours in... But filming has begun!!! #thisgirlisapro
LoadingSunset in Nagoya, #Japan, earlier today. Now happily resting in Manila, #Philippines. Thnx for the prayers, all!
LoadingHappy to finally be in Manila!
The team. :)
LoadingJeepneys. #manila #Philippines #jeepney
Loadingstolen from @allisonalley because I didn't bring my camera along yesterday. hello from cebu city, philippines! :) hit the ground running yesterday by going straight to that slum community from the airport to spend some time capturing stunning footage of the beautiful children that call that community home. what we saw was shocking, numbing, and absolutely heartbreaking, and i'm so thankful for the presence of organizations like @compassion and the local church in that community who are bringing the hope of Jesus to this community. thanks for all your continued prayers, friends! they are so needed and so valuable to us!! #thedifferenceisJesus
This place broke my heart. By far one of the most memorable places I've been. I still haven't stopped processing what I saw there, and I don't think I ever will.
LoadingShooting the standup with @_godsgal4ever #standup #cebu #philippines #poverty #hope
LoadingBoys playing in the mud. #cebu #philippines #boys #mud
LoadingSinging with the kids. #compassion #philippines
At our sponsored child, JD's Compassion Child Development Centre
LoadingWhat happens when @allanspiers lets loose. #cebu #philippines #bustamove
LoadingJohn & @_godsgal4ever spend a quiet moment colouring. #cebu #philippines #a5 #filmingtrip
Loadingloved hanging out with the youth at PH926 at church this morning! love that faith in christ can unite kids from opposite ends of the world! #bodyofchrist @compassion
Loadinginterviewing the pastors - past & present - of the local church that is the heart & soul of PH926. blown away by the grace & faithfulness of God! #inspiring #bodyofchrist #localchurch #hope #light @compassion
LoadingA portrait of John (or J.D, as he preferred to be called). #cebu #philippines #portrait #poverty #hope #a5
LoadingLoved spending two days around these kids. #philippines
LoadingJD playing some games on his mom's phone. #cebu #philippines #poverty #hope #a5 #angrybirds
LoadingStandup #2 with @_godsgal4ever. #cebu #philippines #standup #poverty #hope
Loading"what does this button do?" #sothishappened #waysupercool #delta [photo creds plus befriending-the-flight-attendant creds to @allanspiers!:)]
Don't worry, I didn't fly us home. ;)
LoadingShooting a standup with @_godsgal4ever. #toronto #ontario #canada
Loading#Graffiti Alley. #Toronto #filmingtrip @_godsgal4ever @allanspiers
Loved having one of my very closest friends and sister in Christ join me for an afternoon day of filming. :) #loveher
LoadingThe only thing she doesn't do is windows. #filmingtrip #latergram #Toronto
LoadingFeeling accomplished! This team just completed the final standup shoot. One more day of filming tomorrow and than it's a wrap!!! #1000gifts #TheDifferenceIsJesus
LoadingWorking on the last few shots and then it's a wrap! Excited to see the final product. #YouthCurriculum #1000gifts #TheDifferenceIsJesus @compassion
Aaaannnnnddddd... Wrap! :)
Thank you all so. very. much. for praying for me throughout this project. I wrote this in a thank-you note to people who have been praying, and I leave these same words with you all here...
I literally felt your prayers all the way through - I'm not exaggerating when I say that I don't think I've ever before in my life felt so covered in prayer and it was truly, truly a blessing to me.
If you would, continue to pray over this curriculum - for the people who will be working on it from here on out, for the hearts that will hear its message, and for big impacts to be made through it, ones that we may never even hear about this side of heaven! :)
Thanks again, so so so very much, guys. You would not believe the amount of times throughout this project I could only step back and say, "That was the prayer warriors' doing." :)
I mean it when I say I'm not exaggerating. It was something else. :)
I'll admit I've missed this blog, guys! Hopefully I won't stay away too long this time. Don't let me get away with it next time. ;)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. -Ephesians 3:20-22