Ryan: senior ’15 | Gulu, Uganda portrait photography

The bush of Northern Uganda is an enchanting place. Words cannot describe the beauty…nor can a camera capture it fully (trust me, I tried with little success).

Perfect calm at sunrise.  Red clay roads.  Rays of light bouncing off the dew drops, making the tall, reedy grass sparkle as if decorated with Christmas lights.  Melodies of worship in tribal tongue rising from within the nearby chapel.  Little children walking down the road waving their hands and singing ‘HELLO!!!’ to every passer-by.

But for Ryan this is more than just a lovely destination for travel.  To him Uganda has become home since God replanted his family there a few years ago.  He’s told me over and over that he wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Not just the location, but working alongside neighbors who are rebuilding their lives from the devastations of war.  Offering a listening ear to struggling youth.  Sharing Jesus love with the children in difficult circumstances.  That in and of itself is a beautiful thing not many can understand.

During the 2 months I got to live in Uganda this summer I was honored beyond words when asked to document a recent milestone in Ryan’s life…his graduation from high school!  All those hours pouring over books and taking exams behind him, we woke up super early one morning to make a full round about Abaana’s Hope, incorporating so many meaningful places into pictures celebrating his huge achievement!

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The football (soccer) field.
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The production well.


How cool is this, guys?  I bet not many of you got to climb a water tower for your senior pics 😉

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The new family home under construction (which has been completed since taking these pictures!).

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And the bore hole, where most of the local families come to pump clean water each day.

Ryan, I’m so proud of you!  I hope you forever remember this year.  This accomplishment.  This place.  These people.  Treasure up the memories within your heart and keep them safe as you transition back to the States to serve our country!  Continue to look toward the future with joy and excitement knowing that the Great God who has promised to make straight your paths holds every tomorrow.  Trust and obey…whatever the cost.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

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