The waiter came up to our table and timidly said “Excuse me, but some children told me your car was just broken into.” I immediately jumped up and ran to our car that was just across the street. It was 6pm, still light out and on a public street but the bold thieves had only left shards of glass on our back seat. The bag we kept our macbook pro, two cameras, and audio equipment was gone. Just gone.
This happened back in February and they say time heals, yet the knot in my stomach still remains. There was nothing we could do to recover the bag. The police would be of no help, and insurance agencies had been uninterested in insuring thousands of dollars of camera equipment in a developing country. So the equipment we had invested our personal saving into was now gone with no hope of getting it back.
As Betsy and I settled into this new reality we felt the best option was to step back and pray. Was this a signal to end Designed4 as a business? Should we stop working in Uganda? The answers to these questions we heard from God and others was no. This was a painful event but not outside of God’s sovereign control. So we pressed forward.
Since our plans had us back in America within a few months, we decided to wait until we were back in the States to purchase new equipment. We had some kind friends who allowed us to borrow equipment for film projects during the last few months in Uganda.
Now we are finally ready to replace the equipment that was stolen, but simply don’t have the resources to re-purchase it all. So we are having a silent auction event on Thursday, November 20th. We will be auctioning off 18 photographs and a few crafts from Uganda at Derby Bar & Grill in Chicago. All funds generated from this event will go towards equipment and get Designed4 back on its feet.
Please join us if you are in the Chicago area! We would love to see you and it’s bound to be a great event! If you can’t make it in person and interested in joining in, we will have an opportunity for you to buy photos in the future! Stay tuned via our facebook page.