This is my inaugural Help-Portrait team. I couldn’t be more thankful for this group of people who rallied around me in support while the vision was still foggy, the outcome still unknown.
When I said I needed volunteers, I saw countless hands raised.
When I needed money for prints and supplies, it came—one envelope at a time.
When I needed backdrop fabric at 11pm the night before, tables moved, lights set up, workflow established— it happened.
When I needed to feed my volunteers, pizza was delivered.
There’s no way I can even recall all the little (or big) needs that surfaced on event day, and that’s due in whole to having a team of people who were willing to do whatever they could to serve the cause— even if it meant wiping runny noses or coloring with kiddos while parents proofed images.
December 12, 2009 is a day that changed my life forever.
We were blessed with enough resources and man-power to comfortably provide 24 families with a portrait experience. You know how many called to set up an appointment? 24.
I have similar stories from each instance of H-P— proof of the Lord’s hand in the details—reminders that He is so faithful. And while Help-Portrait is about giving hope and help to others, it helps me, too. It’s my loaves and fishes experience. Every time I doubt whether I can trust God to meet my needs, I think about H-P and cannot deny that when you pray in faith, God provides.
When I look at this picture, my heart does a serious happy dance. I can’t wait to meet my new H-P family in just three short days.
*I have to note that SO many people who were integral to H-P coming to life are regrettably missing from this picture.