Sep 30, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Those of you who follow our blog, or me (Rodney) on Twitter, know that I have been in Kenya for the last two weeks documenting a five sign language Scripture celebration. I don't recall when I picked up the idea that deaf people don't want to associate with the hearing, but my time at DOOR International completely laid that, false, notion to rest. The people I met at DOOR were very friendly towards me and eager to teach me some of their language. As it turns out, I picked up on sign language easier than I do French.
The DOOR center here in Nairobi is kind of magical place; you can't leave there the same person who walked in. There is something about the people that causes you to willingly leave a piece of your heart there, and I hope that I have opportunity to some day return. Below are some random photos from my two weeks in Kenya.
Sep 15, 2014
Part of DOOR's ministry is to women who, because they are deaf, have had great difficulties in life and most of whom are single mothers. At SASA Designs, making jewelry (sold locally and exported to high end shops in the US) provides them a means to feed their children, but also restores their dignity within a community where compassion for those who are deaf runs deep.
Sep 9, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
Here are two 360x360 interactive panoramas from my trip to Ndu. Once on the website, click & drag to see fully up/down and left/right.
Jun 10, 2014
With only 26 hours of electricity that week (24 one day, 2 three days later), it was especially challenging since the tools of my trade rely on batteries (cameras, flashes, phone, voice recorder, computer etc).
I got little sleep and worked hard gathering photos (lugging 30 pounds of camera gear around) and interviewing people from the President, adjunct faculty and students. In the photo above I was interviewing Vice President Johnson of the seminary.
Jun 4, 2014
This time of the year there are no shortage of thunder storms in our area. And for this Southern California boy who is used to a mere 12"/yr of rain, I welcome violent storms. During a power outage on Monday I looked out the window to see if the next quartier had electricity, and I noticed this storm south of our house. But what caught my eye were the stars. It's not often that I am able to witness a storm and see the stars at the same time. This meant a mad dash for my camera, tripod and all the other little bits I'd need for long exposures. Et voila!
May 22, 2014
May 12, 2014
I leave in the morning for Ndu on my first solo trip for work. I'm working on a story of a Bible translation degree program largely taught by Cameroonian's as part of the curriculum at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. Then I'll head back down to Bamenda to visit an orphanage before heading home.