Storytellers Abroad to Togo West Africa is wrapping up

Hannah Teramura is working on a voice-over for her video. The man doing the voice-over is a Ghanaian who lives in Tsiko, Togo, and works with the Hospital Baptiste Biblique. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 5600, ƒ/8, 1/100]

What a week this has been. I am now flying back to Atlanta through JFK airport in New York. By the way, we had around a four-hour delay. Not sure right now which flight I will take to get back to Atlanta. It appears I will miss the scheduled flight. It was delayed, but not as much as my flight.

During this week with Storytellers Abroad Missions Multimedia Workshop, I have worked with Pat Davison and Jeff Raymond as we led ten students through their stories.

Cy Hayden, another one of the students, interviewed his subject with the help of Mrs. Gail on translating from French to English. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 100, ƒ/8, 1/125]

Each student would do a pre-interview with their subject and then a sit-down interview. Then, after we reviewed it most, everyone would do a follow-up interview to help fill in the holes in the storyline.

Pat Davison works here with Liz Ortiz on the left and Keziah Khoo. Each student spent much time with Pat going over their stories. I also met with each student. We would help by helping them through the storyline process and helping them understand how to use b-roll more effectively to tell their stories. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 7200, ƒ/5.6, 1/125]

Each of the students then spent a lot of time massaging their stories in Adobe Premier.

Stacey Schuett [left] and Hannah Saxe [right] work hard in the classroom on their projects. [Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG Art,  ISO 1000, ƒ/1.4, 1/125]

One of the students was Stacey Schuett, who had been in the Atlanta Ballet and even lived near me during that time in Roswell, GA. We believe that my family saw her dancing in the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker when she was in Atlanta.

That was a cool thing to discover and made the world seem that much smaller.

Another surprise was Wilson, on the left, and his friend came to listen to us several times. They are local and part of the YWAM base there. Wilson had been to Kona, Hawaii, and we had a lot of friends in common. Keziah, another student, had taken the same film classes in Kona but at different times. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 8000, ƒ/5.6, 1/125]

The students stopped on Saturday night, and we showed our stories in whatever stage they were in the missionaries and to the subjects before we left the next day.

Everyone gathered who was in the stories or part of the Baptist Hospital in Tsiko, Togo, West Africa, to see our progress. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 7200, ƒ/4, 1/100]

Since we started doing this workshop in 2014 with our first workshop in Lisbon, Portugal, two students have decided to do this as a full-time career in missions. We have had a few others who have made more trips to tell missions stories using multimedia. Some of them are exploring this as a full-time career as well.

Here is our team. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 100, ƒ/8, 1/200]

Check out Storytellers Abroad for our trip next year. We are going to Lisbon, Portugal, and will have the date posted soon.

If you want to do this sooner, you can still join me in Honduras for a similar workshop. Here is that link.