Sunday, October 31, 2010

NZ2010 The Beginning

NZ2010 The Beginning

The 2010 New Zealand Experience has begun in typical "God loves photography" fashion. The leadership team arrived in Auckland a couple days early to prepare for the rest of the teams arrival. One of the challenges we faced was that our housing for the first 2 days of the trip still had not come together. Our primary contact still had not gotten back to us and our secondary housing had just fallen through! We weren't sure what to do and were beginning to beat the bushes for other options when Neil Hamilton from Beachlands Baptist Church shot me an email that they would love to host our team again.

IPS has a good and long history with Beachlands Baptist, so I was quite excited to return once again to camp on the floor of their facility. As we chatted with Neil he gave us some ideas for the next few days…

We picked up the students at around 2:45pm on Saturday. By 6pm that night, three of them were already on assignment at the Beachlands Fire Brigade Annual Awards ceremony. Through their cameras we were able to come alongside Neil to support and encourage his fellow fire brigade members and the community.

Beachlands Light Party
Krissy Pucek runs a game at the Light Party

This morning (Sunday), Michelle and Krissy spoke in church. They both gave powerful testimonies of standing strong in the midst of adversity and the faithfulness of God. There were many tears in the eyes of those who heard, and many people who came up to them and to me afterward thanking us for the encouragement. One woman even came back and presented Michelle with a photo book of New Zealand in appreciation for her word this morning!

One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill

This afternoon we went to one of my favorite places on earth simply to hang out and meet with God. We each had the chance to pause and think about the weeks ahead and what we're asking God to do in us and through us. Oh, and One Tree Hill offers some pretty cool photo opportunities as well…

Tonight was the Light Party. Beachlands Baptist Church hosts a fun alternative to Halloween for the local community with over 500 kids and parents in attendance. We joined in the fun by running games, taking pictures, and hosting a photo booth. The family portraits that we took at our booth will be printed and given back to the church so they can share them with the people from their community. Two years ago we did this with Hastings Baptist Church and they had 7 new families join their church!

Light Party
Matt Derrit runs a game at the Light Party

In the 36 hours they have been here, these students have changed New Zealand. They have demonstrated the love of Christ to a diverse audience of Christians and the general public. They have come along side a church and furthered their ministry within their community. They have encouraged a local body of Christ by joining in their ministry wholeheartedly. They have already seen the mighty hand of God at work in them and on their behalf.

This is going to be a great trip.

R

Beachlands Light Party
Courtney Martin photographs at the Light Party

Beachlands Light Party
Madi Conrad runs a game at the Light Party

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lausanne Final Day

Lausanne Final Day

Out of Africa

Out of Africa

Communion at Lausanne

If you follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/rowangillson) you've already figured out that Jocelyn and I are safely out of Africa and embedded in New Zealand for the next few weeks. I apologize that I haven't been able to get my final Lausanne video posted... we haven't had sufficient bandwidth to get a video up yet!

Cheers!
R

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lausanne Day 5

Lausanne Day 5

Rowan Gillson shares his thoughts on day 5 of the Third Global Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa. Today Rowan met a man from South Africa who inspired a novel idea for taking IPS global...



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Friday, October 22, 2010

Lausanne Day 3

Lausanne Day 3

Rowan talks about the third day of the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism and introduces a German friend who is doing unique things in his community with a video camera and a taxi van.



R

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lausanne Day 3

Lausanne Day 3

Today was another amazing day. I'm really encouraged by the spirit of collaboration and unity expressed here at the conference. There are more than 4000 delegates from 198 countries and untold numbers of ministries and businesses represented, yet I have encountered no one who is stuck on their own ministry, church, or denomination. Instead, there seems to be a genuine desire to learn from others and to form long-lasting ministry partnerships with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Perhaps this is because Lausanne is a movement, not an organization. By its very nature, this gathering is about the effective collaboration of diverse organizations around the centrality of Jesus Christ and the need to share the good news of the Gospel with those who haven't heard.

Today I was able to meet up with a bunch of people, some who I've been trying to connect with for a while, others who I didn't even know I needed to meet. Today I also met people that I knew from outside of Lausanne for the first time. Yes… after being involved for over 6 months and seeing thousands of people I finally met up with pastor Charlie Koh from Malaysia who is an IPS graduate and the pastor from New York (whose name I have lost) who married Faith and Joel in July.

God continues to move in my heart and confirm that this is where I am meant to be. I'm not sure what to DO yet, but perhaps that is OK for now. I feel like a kid looking at a hundreds of presents under a Christmas Tree, I don't know which to open first!

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Lausanne Stage

Broadcast Cameras at Lausanne


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Lausanne Day 2

Lausanne Day 2

Rowan talks about the unique challenges and opportunities facing IPS at the Third Congress for World Evangelism in Cape Town, South Africa hosted by Lausanne.



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Lausanne Opening Night

Lausanne Opening Night



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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Opening Night at Lausanne

Wow. The opening session of Lausanne was amazing! Its hard to describe or imagine being in a room with 5000 Christian leaders from 198 countries and eagerly expecting God to do something great together. That's what I did tonight...

R

Rowan Gillson

Institute of Photographic Studies
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

The View from my Window

The View from my Window

Here's what South Africa looks like from our balcony in Cape Town.

The View from my Balcony

The View from my Balcony

The View from my Balcony

The View from my Balcony

The View from my Balcony

The View from my Balcony

Monday, October 11, 2010

RoJo Pack for Africa

RoJo Pack for Africa

Monday, October 04, 2010

Road to Lausanne

Road to Lausanne

A week and a day from today Jocelyn and I leave for the third Global Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m super excited and totally stressed! This 10-day event runs back-to-back with IPS’s 7th New Zealand Experience, meaning that Jocelyn and I will fly straight from the congress to New Zealand to meet up with staff and students and embark on a month-long adventure exploring cross-cultural and missions photography. This, of course, means that almost everything for New Zealand has to be completed before we leave for South Africa… ouch. Hence the stress!

I’m super excited about Lausanne! I’ve been able to attend two pre-Lausanne events and have connected with other Christian leaders from across the United States. So far, I have been the youngest person I have seen connected with the Congress. I feel honored to be invited to attend, and extremely blessed to be networking with some of the leading Christian businessmen, ministry leaders, and thinkers of our day. I cannot wait to join those from around the WORLD in doing the same. Worshipping with 4000+ Christians from 191 countries in a huge auditorium will probably be the closest thing to heaven I experience on this earth!!

Our “road” to Lausanne is crazy. We leave on October 12 but don’t arrive until the 15th after traveling through Portland, Los Angeles, Nadi (Fiji), Auckland, Sydney, Johannesburg, and finally Cape Town. Please pray for safety and endurance as we traverse 5 countries, 5 airlines, 7 cities, and, uh, a lot of miles!

We are still raising support to help cover the expense of this trip. Use the PayPal button below if you feel led to contribute.








Blessings!
RoJo