I recently returned from yet another trip to the village of Gbetnchal in Togo, West Africa and it was an amazing experience! I had the opportunity to put together a few videos to update people back in the States about what was going on in Togo this summer.
About This Video
David Whetstone of Mentor Leaders updates his home church, Conduit Mission, about what’s been going on in Togo this summer.
A little over a year ago I was inspired to start on a photography project I would have to participate in every single day for the duration of 2010. At first it seemed a little overwhelming, but after some searches online it seems that there are actually quite a few people out there that have successfully done this exact same thing. This was a huge relief to me to at least know that this was a feasible thing to do!
So I started a Tumblr blog and began taking photos every day. At first it came easy because I had so many ideas and it was new. I also was uploading these photos to Facebook so that people I see on a daily basis would know about the project and be able to see what I was doing. In hindsight this was probably the best decision because so many of my friends would say the most encouraging things to me about my photos. This was really big for me because, as you might imagine, forcing yourself to do a specific out-of-the-ordinary task every single day can become quite a burden. So a HUGE “thank you” goes out to all my friends in my life, and also to everyone online whom I’ve never met. You all were a gigantic blessing and encouragement to me.
So, to sum it all up: it was a success! I managed to take a photo every day of 2010 except for one (oops.) The one day I missed is something I can excuse myself for; I was in Africa and exhausted on that particular day. I made up for it by simply extending the project into the first day of 2011. Not ideal, but a fair trade off.
Overall, I’m so extremely glad that I did it, and I’m very proud of what I came up with. Of course some photos I like a lot more than others, a few I wish I could do over again, but in the end it is what it is and I’m happy with how it turned out. Would I do it again? NO WAY! This turned out to be an incredible amount of work! Much more than I anticipated.
Back in July I was blessed enough to be able to be part of a mission to Togo, West Africa through Mentor Leaders which was amazing experience! During one of our flight delays on the trip back home, a friend of mine go to talking with a man in front of him in line. This man turned out to be the missions pastor of a church in West Virginia! Ever since then the two of them have stayed in touch. It’s amazing how God even uses delayed flight to work His will! This pastor and his church are considering supporting Mentor Leaders in future endeavors, but first wanted to get an idea about what this past trip was like for the people who went. So they made a brief questionnaire for us to fill out and return to them. I was surprised at how much I liked what I wrote to them, plus I haven’t written anything about my experiences in Africa on my blog yet; so I’ve included it below. Continue reading →