(which should now technically be called 33 days of birthday gifts since I took a week off, but whatever)
It was a pretty great week off.
And by great, I mean relaxing and exhausting and fun and amazing and hard and good. It involved much laughter, many tears, and a lot of thankfulness to God for what he’s done and what he’s doing.
In the meantime, let’s get back to GIVING STUFF AWAY!
Today’s give-away is pretty near and dear to my heart, because it not only involves the love of my life, but it involves him doing something he loves in a country we love.
And it wasn’t so very long ago that he was so anxious and depressed that he wanted nothing to do with 1.) his camera or 2.) Cambodia.
So these photos? Aren’t just beautiful to me.
One of my all-time favorite quotes is this gem by Frederich Buechner:
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
That’s what I see when I look at these photos.
Back in 2012, I read a book called A Certain Risk (I blogged about it here). I devoured it. It sang to my hurting, hungry soul.
A few months ago, I read it again. And tears came to my eyes several times, because all the underlining and writing I had done three years before screamed, “Gabe! God, I want this for Gabe! I want him to be released from his chains and set free to dream and run and create!”
Holy cow he did.
I’m putting the finishing touches on an e-book this week. It encompasses the two hardest years of our lives and is titled simply The Storm.
And ^ this picture ^ will be the cover.
“This book is centered in the awakening of faith, when the chains and barriers that paralyze a person are broken and that person rises up in response to the Spirit of God and is set free to breathe God’s life into our world. It’s what I call ‘faith on the edge.'” (15)
“Our days are filled with hidden opportunities to play on the edge, where God’s grace touches the world’s face. Edges are scary, but they are where change happens. Let’s discover together the art of triangulation–listening to God, responding to his voice, and worshiping him through our creative responses to the world around us.” (45)
“By nature, the artist is called by God to create, cultivate, and lead human cultures. Through storytelling and imagery, he or she is meant to articulate and clarify transcendent truth in ways that lift humanity closer to the dreams God has always had for his creation.
The artist is gifted with the ability to interpret events, inspire hope in moments of despair, confront hypocrisy, expose the systems and power structures that enslave humanity, and unveil existent meanings and purposes intrinsic in all reality.” (86)
Gabe recently opened a Photo Store where you can buy these images (and tons more) as prints, canvasses, puzzles, all kinds of cool stuff. We’re hoping his photography will eventually provide the funds we need for things like ministry opportunities & camera equipment & plane tickets for visits back to the U.S.
We know the prices are kind of high for the average joe, so Gabe also offers digital downloads of all the photos for $8 each. You buy the digital file and can get photos printed wherever/however you want (Target, Walgreens, Snapfish, whatever) and hopefully save yourself lots of money. (and we get 100% of the profits instead of sharing them with SmugMug)
All you need to do is:
1.) Like his new Facebook page.
2.) Look around his SmugMug store and pick your two favorite photos (and leave a comment telling me what they are).
And for a BONUS ENTRY:
And hey, why not ONE MORE BONUS ENTRY?
Tell me a creative way you’d use one of these digital downloads to get a gift made (or make it yourself) for someone special.
(Make sure you leave a separate comment for each one. Wanna know my secret to this random drawing? I check how many comments there are, then ask Nina to pick 3 numbers between 1 and whatever, and those are the winners.)
See you back here tomorrow for another fun give-away!