Beauty and Need

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- Julie Salzman

We live in a world full of huge need. The need for clean water, the need for food, for medicine, and for some children, the need to be loved and taken care of.

God has wired me with two very different passions: missions and media. Because of this I have had the opportunity to travel the world and witness this need first-hand. I have felt the sting of guilt as I watch an orphan in Haiti look at me with desperate eyes, asking for my water bottle full of clean, fresh water. I’ve seen children in Bangladesh cry faces full of tears saying "don't go" with arms outstretched as I leave on our last day. I’ve had to say ‘no’ to mothers in Brazil who are handing me their babies asking me to take them home so they will have a better life. I’ve watched, in Nicaragua, a child’s eyes follow me as I walk by a huge pile of rotting trash that is his playground and try desperately not to make a face at the stench.

But there is beauty amongst the filth. There is hope among the needy… And there is MUCH work to be done.

For some reason, God decided to place us in the most affluent country in the world. SO the question is not, WHY did God place us here. The question is HOW do we use the resources, time and talents that God has given us to help the needy, the poor and the orphaned? When I look at these photos, I think, how can I make a difference in this huge world? And then God quietly whispers to me, that it’s not about me making a difference. It’s about me loving the people I come in contact with. It’s about being a light in the darkness. It’s about dying to myself, so that God can be glorified. It’s about putting a smile on a child’s face who may not have smiled all week. And it’s about asking God how He can use me to further His kingdom. THAT’s what its about. Here is a collection of some of my favorite pictures I've taken recently with my work in Bangladesh, Haiti and Sierra Leonne. 

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Julie is a freelance photographer and videographer working with non-profit organizations all over the world. She also is currently working with small churches in the United States helping them develop media teams. Follow her on twitter @salzer and check out more of her photography here.