Tuesday, August 31, 2010

iheartfaces - Photojournalism via gratefulness

I have been blown away by the entries to this week’s iheartfaces photojournalism challenge.  What an amazing theme with so many incredible captures!

We recently got a chance to be part of an amazing project.  Originally called The Hans Project, it morphed into “Small House, Big God” as more and more people stepped forward to repay a man who had invested in their families.

Hans is the kind of person who makes a difference: working with disabled citizens during the day, mentoring youth all through the week – a Desert Storm medic, loving husband and involved dad to his two boys.

Unfortunately, his home couldn’t keep up.  You could shower under a roof leak in the living room each time it rained (imagine… the Northwest!), and their real shower required pliers to turn on.

What touched me the most – during the course of a week while Hans was in San Francisco (taking a youth group to feed the homeless) - was the sheer number and diversity of people who just simply showed up.

Showed up to work alongside strangers who had also been helped by Hans.  Showed up with smiles and laughter and cheerfully teamed up:

demolition, roofing, siding, sanding, painting, flooring, electrical, cabinetry, building, cleaning, planting…

It was a beautiful demonstration of each person finding a way to thank Hans for the gift of his time.

I wish I could show you a hundred pictures (yes, I took that many) – and settled on five showing the profound sense of family as people of all ages and races worked with gratitude.

Those teens you see?  Yeah, Hans loves them and they love him.

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If you can’t wait – stop by The Hans Project to meet Hans and to see the results!

Visit iheartfaces for some incredible pictures with incredible stories:

17 comments:

~Brenda said...

That's totally awesome. Love the pics, love the story. :))

Britney said...

Wonderful photo collage! God bless you!!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Beautiful words, pictures, story, and people! Reminds me of the World Changers (US) mission trips that Josiah has done. I always love those pictures. The kids are sweat soaked, filthy, hot, tired, working harder than they ever have in their lives, and grinning from ear to ear! I'm not sure it's possible to be happier than you are when you're serving others! Too bad more people don't figure that out!

GunDiva said...

I remember you talking about this - I'm so glad to see the pictures and am thrilled that the community that Hans helped had the opportunity to help him in return.

Shana said...

Ah, this made me cry. it is so nice to know there are still kind people in the world.

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

Beautiful!! How wonderful it is to know that there are so many out there that are still giving and so much kindness and care.

trustandobey said...

Great story so worth telling!
Lisa

HeatherOz said...

Wow! That is amazing!

K- floortime lite mama said...

iHeart this post

Kmama said...

What an amazing project for a remarkable man!!

Great pics too!!

Rachel said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. yours is a great collage with a great story. nice work!

Together We Save said...

Wonderful pictures and wonderful story!

Foursons said...

Reminds me of an Extreme Makeover Home remodel. You'll have to post pictures of the reveal so we can all see his reaction.

Kelly said...

wow this is awesome! great pictures for a great story!

Killlashandra said...

What a great project for everyone. It's good to see community coming together. You aren't secretly planning to take over for that Home Improvement show are you? ;-)

Michelle Pixie said...

Oh Rachel, what an amazing thing you all got to take part in and the captures are phenomenal!

And thanks for spreading the word. XXOO

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

WOW!! This was INCREDIBLE! And I loved scrolling through all the pictures, it was like you were THERE!

OK, next project: Dana's Orphanage! :D LOL