One of the most common questions I’m asked is,”What’s your favorite part about Africa?” My response has been the same for the past three years: the kids. It’s hard to explain to people who have never been to an orphanage the emotions you experience while there. Feelings of anger, mostly directed towards the parents who abandon their children, feelings of sadness, and feelings of confusion abound, but are quickly overpowered by feelings of joy, by laughter, and by hope. The children in Jennifer’s home in Mozambique are some of the most incredible children I’ve ever met. They’re faced daily with huge obstacles yet have the most smiley faces and joyful hearts. They love with the purest, simplest kind of love that transcends any barriers of language or race. They work diligently and purposefully, never complaining about the hand the world has dealt them. They worship freely, purely, beautifully. They dance unhindered by the weight of the world or by the judgement of those around them. They are the reason I travel 9000 miles away to a country that is not seen by most as a beautiful one. They are the ones closest to the Lord’s heart, the ones who He speaks of when He says “pure religion.”Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset IMG_0016 Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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  1. Oh goodness…this makes my heart so happy! My best friend is getting ready to leave for Uganda to serve those in an orphanage there for the third time. I wonder how different Uganda and Mozambique are.

    It is so so difficult to not be angry at the parents who put their children in that situation…one of my goals for the future is to travel around the world and create documentaries that authentically show orphanages around the world. I would love to talk with you about your passion for the little ones overseas sometime!

    PS: beautiful photography! We should get in touch sometime and discuss techniques…:)

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