Spur On Love’s first official project will be to photograph an adoption in China. Allow me to share how this project came to be.
Why China? Why Adoption?
I have been struggling to write this post for days now. I knew I wanted to share how Spur on Love’s first project came to be, but I was not sure how much to divulge. Do I get all spiritual and emotional and explain how I heard from the Lord? Or do I just introduce the awesome family who has agreed to let a complete stranger travel with them to China? How much do readers really want to know? After praying over it, writing and then deleting many times, I finally decided to go back to my journal where this all began. I knew there was a specific day that I took a risk and got real with the Lord; a day where He answered a very raw prayer. Please allow me to take you back to that day because I believe that those ‘the moment’ vulnerable words say it best.
Journal Entry from November 9, 2013
“Prayed today that God would give me His heart for something. I do not know what that “something” is, but I am praying to have God’s heart, God’s love, and God’s passion for something greater than myself. Something Kingdom worthy. I’ve been feeling a stirring this year. God’s moving in me. Changing me. And honestly it frightens me because I can sense it leading me out of my comfort zone. I have no real idea what it looks like. I just feel like I can’t live the same way any more. As much as I want to run and hide I am declaring now that I want Jesus more than I want to cling to fear. I am pressing on. Sticking it out to see where all this stirring leads. “
It was that day that I felt the Lord lay this on my heart.
“China. Use your gift of photography for orphans in China.“
That was it. Just two small phrases that God placed before me as an answer to my heart cry. There were no details. No road maps or instructions on what to do next. Just a simple leading. Since that day I’ve been taking one step at a time. Making this up as I go really. Just trying to trust that even though I have no clue where this is all going I am following a God who does.
Now that I had a directive I began looking for ways to make it a reality. Initially I just assumed that since I was already planning to be in China in May that God would line things up so that I could do this project during that time frame. Silly, naive me. I started emailing adoption agencies and offering my services at no charge to them. I just wanted to be at their disposal. Not one agency even responded to my emails. Trying not to get discouraged I took a different approach and reached out to my community. Using Facebook I simply asked if anyone was adopting from China or knew someone who was. On December 2nd my friend Mary sent me a message stating that her friend Megan was adopting for a third time from China. I briefly, in two sentences, explained my idea to Mary. She presented it to Megan and I got a message almost immediately confirming that Megan was interesting in partnering with me. People connecting people!
The Family and the mission
I have never met the Christofferson family, and yet they have agreed to let me accompany them to China. They’ve given me permission to photograph the events that unfold as they go to pick up their son. They are allowing me to tell their story. I am honored that they are willing to let me journey with them and be apart of such a beautiful thing. My hope is to bless them with images that they can cherish forever. I also hope that these images will spur others on to serve and care for orphans. Ultimately my desire is to be obedient to God’s call. In doing that I trust that the outcome, even if they are not what I envision,will be fruitful.