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Archive for May, 2008

Update

Bonjour!

We apologize for the long delay between posts, the last two weeks have been a real whirlwind! I (Chad) have had the opportunity to work with several local photographers in the last month. One opportunity has really been great as I have been working closely with a photographer named Jenny Wheat with Wheat Photography.

I met Jenny at a photo seminar about two months ago and things have really taken off since then. Jenny had two studios, one in DeSoto, and another smaller loft space in downtown Kansas City.

In the last week, She had found a larger studio space, over 5000 sq. ft. just one block from her other downtown studio. So…. she decided to consolidate her two studios, the one in DeSoto, and the one downtown, into the larger space. I have been helping Jenny by assisting her on shoots and doing all the editing and post production. We are now starting to work more closely together on several projects and we have quickly developed a good working relationship. Hopefully, this will lead to more contacts and greater ministry opportunities as I begin to work more in that area of town.

This is an area where a concentrated number of artists have their own studios so there is great potential to reach out to these artists and to try a number of ideas our team has had about using the arts to build relationships with other artists and to use our newly coined phrase… “Art as Discipleship.”

Pray for me that I would be able to make the most of the opportunities presented through this contact and that we could reach several artists who have studios in this area.

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Ok, so sometimes God just drops some opportunities in your lap and your like… “wow! how in the world did that ever come about?!” Im still in awe of the opportunity I had this week to be on location and in studio with Nick Vedros, one of the best photographers around and one of Canon’s “Masters of Light” (an elite group of photogs that represent Canon). Nick lives here in Kansas City and I had the opportunity to help out with two shoots this week as he was working on some new concept ideas.

To see some of his work, you can visit his website at www.vedros.com Some very cool stuff indeed. Nick has shot for just about every big name corporation or company you can think of.

Some folks in this industry wait quite a long time to work with a guy of his caliber, but most never get the chance at all. But our God is a big God and can make things happen.

I can’t share with you all the details from our sessions, so I’ll just say that it was one of the best learning experiences I have had in the photography world… and Nick, if you happen to stumble upon this post and are reading it, I just want to thank you again for the opportunity to learn from you this week. It was awesome.

Shouts out to “Bean” for helping me out this week. It was fun bro!

More to come.

Thanks!
Chad

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Some of you may remember that our teammates Kevin and Pat Mayer, who live up in Iowa, have been working through some health issues over the last several months. Pat has been experiencing mild to advanced tremors, and after seeing several doctors and specialists, they have determined that at this time, it is not anything that is treatable. You can read more about their experience from their blog here.

As a result of this latest development, it has been decided after many months of praying and seeking the Lord, that Kevin and Pat will continue to develop the Art as Discipleship ministry from their home in Iowa. 

They will also be recruiting artists for overseas missions as well as inviting foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to engage in learning how to begin an art ministry in their own culture.

So what does this mean for us?
Good question! 

We also have been praying and seeking the Lord over the last several months. We are still committed to our original goal of using the arts in Western Europe, to build relationships, share the gospel, and as a tool for discipleship.

Our ultimate goal has not changed at all, but our strategy to achieve that goal continues to be shaped and molded by the Lord. As many of you know, we have always wanted to be careful not to jump into this ministry with a predetermined blueprint of how things should be done, but to continue to seek the Lord and be open to adapting our methods and strategies as the Lord leads.

We’ll share more with everyone as we learn it, but let us say that there are many ideas and even bigger dreams that have resulted from these changes. For now, we ask you to pray for us, our teammates Kevin and Pat Mayer as well as Joe Hartsell, and our leaders at CrossWorld as we explore the many new opportunities that have arisen out of these circumstances.

While we continue to pray for Pat’s healing, we have already discussed many new possibilities with our team and are very excited for what God has in store for us and the great potential that will result from these changes.

We are so grateful for your prayers. We have more to share, so tune in next week for another update.

Chad & Traci Jackson

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