Last fall I had the opportunity to reconnect with Roderick, an old friend who was just a little kid when I saw him over ten years ago, and go to Mile Rock Beach in San Francisco for a photo shoot.
A couple of years ago I decided to pursue a video series that highlighted artists who are not only great at their craft, but also view their creative pursuits as part of their responsibility to make a positive difference in their world. Enter Cameron Moberg, also known as Camer1. A gifted graffiti/urban artist and rapper, Camer1 and I met up in San Francisco to spend a couple of days hanging out, working on a wall, and talking life, art, and ministry to youth in the 6th Street corridor of SF. Here's his story.
This morning we traveled about an hour east of Trujillo to the Andean city of Otuzco, home of the Virgen de la Puerta (Virgin of the Door). Our purpose was not to visit the Virgin, but rather to visit the poor living on the outskirts of the city.
We have completed day three in Trujillo, Peru, having traveled to a number of impoverished communities in order to tell the stories of the people who live there. While the people live in difficult circumstances, I've been so impacted by their kindness, generosity, and beauty that shines so brightly in their bleak environment.
It has been over two weeks since I returned from Haiti, and with a long recovery from the sickness that I developed while in Haiti, along with moving to our new home, and in the past few days preparing for a trip to Peru, only recently have I had the time and energy to sit down and reflect on my trip.