As tempting as it is to create an April’s Fools post full of impossible-to-believe tales of Mission life, our actual week was incredible enough, so we’ll just stick with that.
As we mentioned last week, we hosted a team from National Geographic as they presented one of their photo camps for our kids. Twenty boys and girls had the rare opportunity to learn writing and photography from some world-renowned professionals. While the words and the images they came up with were fantastic, it was the commitment and hard work they brought to the opportunity that made us the most proud.
NatGeo Photo Camp director Kirsten Elstner who led the workshop has been all over the world presenting this unique experience to kids in dozens of countries…and in her words, this was her favorite group of students.
We’ll be putting together a complete and printed book of the work that’s been created this past week, covering stories of Mission life, village portraits and artistic experiments…but for now, here are a few examples of the creativity that was flowing around the farm this past week.
I am silver and exact.
Whatever I see, the eye swallows immediately, just as it is.
I am not fearful only truthful.
I am the bright light with pink and sparkles.
I have looked into the world for so long.
I think it is a part of my heart.
I draw others in and pull them so close that we touch.
I live in darkness until her face replaces my blank expression.
Excerpt from “Reflection” by Sonia Singh.
All artwork and photographs below attributed to the author
Seriously, these beautiful stories could go on and on. With twenty hardworking students in the class, the complete book of both the words and the images they came up with is going to be a masterpiece. Great job, everyone!