Sunday, October 11, 2009

{Pics 4 a Purpose '09} saving lives with smiles...

Yesterday I had the honor of participating in my first "Pictures for a Purpose" event as a photographer! Last year I was an assistant for Carlee, but this year I made the "leap" to being behind the camera alongside 5 other amazing photogs!

I was a little nervous about having 24 mini photo sessions in one day, but boy was it an amazing day! We will not know until all of the print orders are in, but we hope to raise $10,000+ to FIGHT Child Trafficking in SE Asia, a cause that I feel incredibly passionate about.

I absolutely love seeing how God can use the gifts of His people to accomplish things we could never do on our own. I am SO proud of ALL the volunteers including the women from our Eastside Women of Purpose (EWOP) group as well as Joe - our tech support for the day (thanks Joe, we could not have done it without you)! Our planning team did an incredible job covering every detail so that all us photogs had to do was take photos...and lots of them! I feel so honored to call myself an "EWOP-er" :)

I am quite sore today and already feeling like going to bed (it's about 6pm) but it is a super small price to pay in comparison to what is happening to the children that are being sold, abused, tortured, raped and taken advantage of in SE Asia and ALL over the world.

Child Trafficking is a horrible injustice - I love that one of the ways that we fight it is with beautiful smiles like the ones above. :)

Is there a cause that YOU are passionate about? What is YOUR God given talent or gift that you could use to FIGHT for that cause? I would encourage you to find out! It is a pretty amazing feeling to connect those two things!


Alicia said...

Congrats on the big day! Is that top photo Levi? What a handsome devil! The little girl is just so delicate and precious.

ColleenBracy said...

Kara - I just got the email link today for our pics - you took the most wonderful photos of my 8yr old son. We had the best time and I so thank you for your energy and willingness to try anything. Liam rarely stops moving and you caught some glorious, pensive moments that I seldom get a chance to see. Thank you!!!

Kara H said...

Colleen - I am so glad that you like your pictures! I had a blast with you and Liam! Thank you so much for participating in Pic for a Purpose! You are helping to save lives! :)
Many blessings to you!