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Photo workshop students head to Portugal

Jeff Raymond on May 18, 2014

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ABWE’s first International Missions Photography Workshop kicked off this week.  Students arrived here in Harrisburg, PA from all over the States to receive hands-on visual storytelling training. Our goal is to introduce students to the idea of a missionary career as a visual communicator.  For years, Jeff has had the desire to begin training photo students overseas on location, working alongside our missionaries.  Jeff left with the team of six students today to head to Portugal where they will meet up with one other student and two co-instuctors.

Jess and Amanda learning audio

We spent the last three days here at ABWE's Home Office & Training Center, preparing students for their time in Portugal.  The emphasis is on missions storytelling, so the need to capture good quality audio as the interview Portuguese believers is essential.  Here Jess and Amanda learn techniques for field recording of audio.

Session on missions

In addition to technical training, the students heard from many of ABWE's key leaders.  Key goals were:

  • Introducing them to the vision and purpose of the ministry
  • Answering questions to help them see themselves in missions
  • Giving an overview of the Portugal missionaries and ministries

Since we have several Portuguese speakers athe home office, the students even had an language lesson, complete with learning a Portuguese song that explains the Gospel message.

Jeff & David packing photo gear

Then it was a mad scramble to take seven peoples suitcases and find room for tons of photographic equipment.  We had suitcases all over as students helped shift weight and fit things in.  Here David helps Jeff finalize the studio equipment case.  Then it was into the van for a two-hour drive to the Philadelphia airport, followed by a relatively sleepless overnight flight.  We arrived in Lisbon, Portugal early Sunday morning.

See ABWE International Missions Photo Workshop Photo Gallery 1 here

Next Portugal blog post here