Monday, December 6, 2010

6 More.

I'm leaving for Zambia on the 26th.

After a team meeting tonight, I know very clearly what I still need.

Lots of things are going to happen at camp.  But for my part- a group of 10-15 students will be selected (out of a group of 500) to take a 5 day photography course with me.  Basically, I'll be with them all day.  We'll divide our time between learning lessons, working hands-on, enjoying some free time- and going out to put our skills to practice together. 

Every camera is property of the mission, stays in the possession of the mission, and is given to these children to use with great care- and supervision- this keeps the cameras, and the children safe.

In America, "everyone" has a camera.  In Zambia, "no one" has a camera.  This will blow these kids' minds- and I can't wait to finally get to them.

They will learn and discover- gain technical and creative skills, have the exhilarating joy of finding and creating photographs- and they'll be loved and empowered. 

Their photographs will be saved and organized as much as possible (by me).  We'll show them off at camp, and I'll bring them home.  We will share and print them, perhaps even raise funds via their sale to directly fund back into this ministry.  The students can also earn income by photographing weddings, funerals, and events as well.  They don't need to be experts- any pictures are valuable to the people of Zambia.

Because in America, "everyone" has a camera.  In Zambia, "no one" does.

I have 4 cameras.  I need at least 6 more (like this one).  And each with a 4 GB memory card.  I also need 2 additional 4 GB SD cards.

We leave in a few weeks- time is short.  Time for shipping and receiving, especially around the holiday is short.

I've learned over and over that when we're waiting on God, it helps to get down and real and make a specific list. 

I'm making my list public and throwing a pass to you- maybe this is for you right now.  Either way, before hundreds of people...

1.  I need as many people to become prayerfully involved as possible.  If you would like to be placed on our email prayer list, you'll receive updates before, during, and after this trip, keeping you informed, and giving you specific prayer needs.

If you would like to be placed on this list, email me at

2. I need $900 by December 20th, or six more cameras with memory cards (see camera details here)  if I'm going to be able to purchase, order and receive the cameras and equipment I'll need to properly equip this ministry to offer photography to these students for many camps to come, and possibly open doors for some to earn income with the ministry's help.

Cameras or checks may be dropped off or sent to:

The Ransom Church
5209 W 41st St. Suite 101
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

If you'd like to make a donation toward the purchase of cameras for this camp (this is the ideal option right now since time is so short), send your tax deductible donation to The Ransom Church, with Cameras for Zambia written in the Memo line.  Send them to the above address or hand it to me.
For those who have asked, if you would like to shoulder some of the burden of my own personal trip costs, send your tax deductible donation to The Ransom Church, with Megan Koch Zambia in the Memo line.  These checks may be sent to The Ransom at the above address.

I have some awesome information about Zambia and this camp I'd love to share with you.  Just send me your email address and I'll pass it on.


tim prust said...

I found your blog through Savor Photography posting this on FB. I think this is SO AWESOME! My wife and I adopted from Ethiopia almost 2 years ago and fell in love with this country. I started diving into photography about a year ago and am loving it. I would love to do something like this in Ethiopia, of course, once I become alot better behind the camera! You are in my prayers and I look forward to following along with you on your journey!

theKband said...

Could you use some Lego toys? A friend of mine came into a large number of them. I don't have a camera, but I have a way to get Legos to you. Maybe not a need, but I thought I would ask.