Explore: The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina. The very name makes me think of lighthouses and bird cries, the salty tang of sea air and the mysterious rhythm of murmuring surf. The Outer Banks is a regional term for a collection of barrier islands off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina famed for its dangerous ports…

Mexico: A colorful neighbor

I’ve traveled all over the world, but I’d never been to Mexico until a few weeks ago. Though most of the trip I saw the grittier side of the country due to my job filming a ministry to immigrants and trafficked persons, I still had a few opportunities to enjoy the beauty of this historic country. Plus, I…

Life on the Wild Side

I sit curled on a rock at the dimly-lit watering hole, the thick blackness of the African night settling over me. It’s silent except for the far-off cough of zebras and the quiet lapping of a pair of hyenas come for an evening drink. They pad away as silently as they appeared. A shadow flits,…

Tricycle Taxis and the Land of Pagodas

The heat could have peeled paint off a house. Fried a quail egg on a rubbish-covered sidewalk. Boiled whole chicken feet in a pot of oil. Sweat snakes down the curve of my back and dampens my palms as I switch a tripod case as tall as I am to my other shoulder. The clamor of…

Kayaking in the Desert

There are just some things in life that make no sense. Tuna in Mac ‘N Cheese. Ski slopes in the middle of a mall in Dubai. Kayaking in the Arabian desert. I live in that zone where I think my life has gotten as crazy as it can get, and then God racks up the…

Streams in the Desert

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert.”  Isaiah 43:19 I fell to my knees, legs and lungs burning from slogging uphill through sliding sand. Looking up, I realized I wasn’t even half-way up…

Haiti – Light in the Darkness

Haiti is a Caribbean island nation with some of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world. It’s also one of the poorest nations in the world, its people living for generations under the control of voodoo and spirit worship. That’s starting to change as the power of the name of Jesus sets Haitians free…

Top 10 Landscapes of 2013

1) Windswept Atlantic Ocean. The rocky coastline of Galicia, in northern Spain, stands impervious to the wind and rain the elements hurl against it. 2) Sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall. On a rare sunny day in England, I snapped this shot of the iconic tree in the gap. It presides over a section of the Roman Hadrian’s…

10 Reasons You’ll Love the American Midwest

* Author note: Photographs for 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 were borrowed for illustrative purposes. All other photos on this post and blog are my own.  When people return to their home culture after living or traveling abroad, it’s common for them to critically view many aspects of their home culture. This is normal. But…