Tumaini Children’s Home, Nakuru, Kenya

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Zablon Kuria, director of Rock Bridge Ministries, was commissioned by Roswell Presbyterian Church, Georgia to go back to Kenya as a missionary.
His main calling is to build a bridge between the USA churches and Kenyan churches, in order to reach out to the community with holistic gospel in areas such as medical, educations and orphans.
Zablon says, “This bridge will help the under privileged in the society like the orphans, poor and the sick whom I have a passion for. Also both countries will learn from one another and share the same God who wants us to share in His goodness, His promises and resources and at the end, eternal life in heaven. I do all these things not for prestigious purposes but because it gives me great joy and satisfaction. It also pleases the almighty God whom I glorify.”
Why sponsor a program/project

Tumaini projects cost $1.2 million. However, three years since their inception, they have operated only 47% of their targets. Sponsoring towards a project will be a step towards fulfilling the dream of creating the right environment that favors growth and sustainability for a targeted 400 orphans that they cannot take care of due to lack of adequate resources.

Every dollar you donate towards a project/program, Tumaini Children’s Home gets double. Early January 2009, they got a matching grant of $250,000. This means every dollar they get; they access another from the matching grant.

Here is the website for the ministry http://www.RockBridgeMinistries.org.
Here is Zablon talking about that gift and opportunity at Roswell Presbyterian Church on May 3, 2009.

Ice Cream Weather

Well we went out for ice cream tonight and saw lots of friends from our church and community. I think the weather was just perfect and had everyone thinking ice cream.

Here is Chelle and Dorie enjoying a cup of their favorites.

As you can see everyone was lining up for some of their favorite flavors.

Peak into planning for a internal corporate website


This is the internal website for Chick-fil-A. Well actually this is all the material we have in the works and scheduling when it will go up on the website. We are finding managing so much content and being sure it is timely and presented in digestable amounts takes a lot of planning. For now this is our system of post-it notes.

Invest in Preparedness with a Point-and-Shoot Camera

The making of great photographs requires an investment. We need a camera, computer, software and, possibly, we need to attend classes to learn how to use all this equipment.

Should we buy a Mac or a PC? Which camera should we buy — Nikon, Canon, Leica, Hasselblad? Which workshops or photo books do we require? We’ll need to read reviews of these products before making the investments.

However, the No. 1 investment a photographer can make isn’t about gear or training. It’s to invest your time and, as the Boy Scouts put it, “be prepared.”

Always Ready

National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg moved to the forest edge in order to have more time photographing wolves and other animals. He wanted to be ready when the time came to make those outstanding photos.

National Geographic photographers and writers usually spend three months on an assignment. They take a break in the middle of the shoot, come home and review their work. This gives them time to pause and reflect, so they can go back and fill in any gaps or expand parts of the coverage.

We can’t always devote three months waiting for great photo ops, but like Jim Brandenburg, we can be ready when the time comes.

How? By always having a camera with us.
Point and Shoot

The problem, of course, is that the size, weight and bulk of the best-we-could-buy camera we own, not to mention the ancillary gear, can make that difficult.

That’s why many professional photographers have invested in point-and-shoot cameras. These small, pocket-sized cameras are as tiny as the old Kodak Disc cameras introduced back in 1982. Today’s point-and-shoots have resolutions that rival the medium format film cameras, enabling you to enlarge to mural-size prints.

About a month ago, I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 — and I have been busy learning all that it can do ever since. In the process, I have rediscovered the excitement I felt when I first began taking pictures.

It is so small, I now carry it everywhere. While waiting for my food at restaurants, I enjoy playing with the camera’s cool macro mode. It is fun just photographing saltshakers and other small objects on the table. Discovering interesting compositions and watching how the light affects these objects is a joy.

The depth of field is much greater than with larger 35 mm digital cameras. The ƒ-stop of the ƒ/3.3 on my little Lumix (wide open) compares approximately to ƒ/22 on a 35 mm.

On the other extreme, this little camera has a 10 to one zoom! That’s equivalent to a 300 mm lens, and it fits in my shirt pocket. A 300 mm lens for a 35 mm camera weighs six pounds and is over 10 inches long.

At times during the past month, I have wondered why I have all this professional gear at all — because I am able to do so much with this little camera.

Pros and Cons

As I’ve used it more, however, I’ve gotten a clearer sense of the pros and cons.

For example, even with vibration reduction, these cameras are exceptionally tricky to hold steady. A tripod is a great help.

Additionally, for most of these cameras, obtaining a shallow depth-of-field is impossible. My advice: learn to live with it.

The camera manuals are not written as they are for traditional cameras, either. You will need to not only read the manual, but practice what it preaches using all the available functions to discover what each mode will do. These cameras have many modes that take some time to understand.
Having said all this, I’ve found that carrying this camera helps me to see and make photos more often; it fine-tunes the eye.

Of course, carrying a camera all the time can cause some minor problems with your family. As my son joked last night as I took his photo at a restaurant, “It’s like having your own personal paparazzi!”

Don’t forget anything


It is critical when I go on photo shoots that I remember anything I might need. It is very frustrating when you are on a photo shoot to realize what you need you not only own, but you left it at home. Backups are also very important. You need a backup camera, lenses, flashes, backgrounds and the list goes on.

Tomorrow I have two major executive photo shoots. In the morning I will be photographing the Executive Committee of Chick-fil-A and in the afternoon the CEO of Merial.

Not only doing I have equipment packed and ready I will have two photo assistants to help me through the day. I need to have eyes on each flash to be sure it is working throughout the photo shoot. I need people helping me make the clients feel they are being taken care of in every possible way.

I need assistants also to help me unpack all this gear and set it up and then take it all down and pack it back into the van.

They key to being successful is like being a good boy scout–be prepared.