Back in Business

new_camera2In the last few weeks we’ve hosted a silent auction in Chicago as well as an online auction selling some of Micah’s photos.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support of everyone who participated and clearly saw God’s abundant blessings. We raised over $5,000 and we were able to purchase a Nikon DSLR, 2 lenses and essential audio equipment. We’ve been without a camera for 10 months, so Micah is loving having one back in his hands and already filmed for an organization the day after getting it!new_camera1

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and participated in getting Designed4 back in business!

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Silent Auction

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 3.09.00 PMOur Designed4 Silent Auction in Chicago last week was a HUGE success! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us and bought photos. We had 20 photos up for auction and every single one of them sold. By the end of the night we had raised nearly $4,000!

We saw God’s hand in so many things, and it was such a fun night! We are incredibly grateful for our loving and supportive community. Thanks for coming out!

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We know many of you missed the auction so we would love to have you join us on Facebook today and tomorrow to get some of these photos! The online silent auction is happening today, Cyber Monday starting at 6pm EST and ends tomorrow, Giving Tuesday at 9pm EST. Please click below to go to the private auction page and support Designed4’s work in East Africa!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1561373570760702/

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Recovery Plan

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.

cameraThis 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.

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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.

Where we have been…

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Well first of all, we clearly have neglected this blog 😦  But we have a refreshed design and will be to posting things on a regular basis again.

So where have we been?  Well, we returned to the States in June and have traveled around the country visiting friends and family, catching up on life and letting Porter meet his extended family for the first time! These are the numbers:

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It’s been an encouraging time of reconnecting and we are trying to enjoy this season of being with people we miss so much when we are across the ocean.

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Our biggest news is that in June we were officially appointed with World Venture as missionaries doing Business as Missions!  They have been an amazing organization to partner with and we love the relationships we have already built with the World Venture family.  We are set to return to Uganda in February for at least the next two years. We are thankful for this new partnership and opportunity to continue our work in Uganda.sleeping_car

We are currently meeting with people to share our story and what God is doing with us in Uganda.  We can’t do this work alone and are looking for people who would like to partner with us.  If you or your small group would be interested in hearing about what God is up to in Uganda, we would love to connect with you!

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