We're going to AFRICA! | Fishers on Mission
When my husband initially began looking into his options for residency training, one of the first things that drew us to In His Image was the opportunity to participate in world medical missions as a part of his training. Having come from a family of missionaries (my mom grew up in Haiti where my grandparents served for nearly 15 years of their 24 years as full-time missionaries), I have always has a passion for serving others through international mission work, and knew that the opportunity to live overseas for several months of our training would be invaluable in our journey as a family to embrace a life of contentment and courage as we seek to spread the gospel through medicine.
Thus, when we first found out that April 2018 would be our first "missions month", I was giddy, even though I had NO IDEA where the Lord would call us to go. Little did I know, God would orchestrate the beginnings of what I believe will be a beautiful friendship with the Jones family, a missionary family who graduated from In His Image, last June at the In His Image summer retreat. Ever since, Vanessa Jones and I have followed each other on social media, chatted about motherhood, medicine, and photography; and I have dreamed about having the opportunity to visit and serve alongside them.
So, what a joy it was to get confirmation from the Lord through some trusted mentors earlier this month that we indeed should spend the month of April living and serving alongside the Jones family in their home of Kapsowar, Kenya.
We are partnering with In His Image International and Samaritan's Purse for our trip, and will be traveling in late March to Kenya (on three separate flights totaling over 24 hours) and will be residing in Kapsowar for nearly a month at the mission hospital base where Jake will be dedicating his time and medical skills to bring both physical and spiritual healing to the Marakwet people native to the area. And to answer your question in advance... YES, we will be traveling on those loooooong international flights with BOTH kiddos (and covet your prayers as we do!).
While Jake serves at the hospital, I will be serving and assimilating into the community, and look forward to being a source of encouragement and hospitality for the full-time missionaries that live in Kapsowar. Our aim is to be a source of refreshment for them as we help them carry the load during our time there. I am also greatly looking forward to utilizing my skills in photography and videography to document the stories of the people we meet, and the Lord’s work in Kenya, with hopes that my work will serve as a way for both of our sending organizations (In His Image International and Samaritan’s Purse) to raise awareness and funds for world missions. (There is a possibility I might even get to capture a birth while I'm there! Goodness, what a joy it would be to support and celebrate some beautiful Kenyan mamas as they welcome their little ones!)
We are so humbled by this opportunity to serve, explore a little corner of the amazing world God created, and expose our kiddos to the great needs in our world, as well as help them to see others through Christ’s eyes.
We pray to come home tired in our bodies but refreshed in the Spirit, having seen first-hand God’s love for the nations, and the beautiful fruit that can come from stripping away what distracts and digging into the Kenyan “soil” that we know the Lord has called us to sow in during this season. We cannot even begin to imagine all that we will experience during our month in Kenya... but know that God will be glorified!
If you are interested in joining our support team as we serve the people of Kapsowar, we would be forever grateful. A gift of $100, $50, $25 or even $10 would be invaluable to the Kingdom work that is happening in Kapsowar that we are privileged to be a part of. To donate, click the link here. (The link will open up a new window to the In His Image International Donation Portal; please designate to Fisher. All donations are tax-deductible. You can also visit www.give2ihii.com directly!).
As a special thank you to any of my beloved clients, family or friends who wish to support us... I have some special gifts I will be including for our support team listed below!
8x10 Lustre Photo Print for donations of $25 or more.
Custom 6x6 Lay-Flat Photo Album for donations of $100 or more.
1 hour family lifestyle session + online gallery & print rights for donations of $250 or more.
1 hour family lifestyle session + family documentary film for donations of $500 or more.
These are just one small way I can say "thank you" for supporting the Kingdom through our mission work, and give me the special bonus joy of potentially getting to document your family in 2018! It would be my joy to capture some amazing memories for you guys, be it through a photo session, or by providing you with a family documentary film (a 2-5 minute video documenting candid, life-long memories for your family that are a new focus of mine for 2018!)
If you'd like to take me up on any of these offers... simply click here to join our support team by making a donation, and then shoot me an email at email@example.com to let me know so I can make sure to get you on my calendar, or get your gift ordered! And truly... thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support!
P.S. You can bet your bottom dollar I will be sharing many of the photography and videography projects I will be documenting and working on throughout the course of our time serving so if you'd like to have a peek at what we're up to... check out our missions landing page, and click on the "Follow Our Journey" button to join our email list! I can't wait to share some beautiful images and stories with you, friend!