Mission Trip in Shropshire, England

I recently went with 20 members of my church to host and manage a missionary's conference in England (T.E.A.M. All Europe Conference). I've been on some rewarding mission trips before in El Salvador and inner city Los Angeles to help the lost and needy, but it was certainly a first for me to minister to those who minister to others.

These missionaries to Europe are on the front lines--leaving their homes in the U.S. to serve overseas. My roll on this trip? The photographer. I photographed the missionaries and their families so that they could use these photos to send home to their U.S. relatives or use for fundraising letters. We weren't sure how much my services would be used--of even if there would be interest. Ha! I was swamped. I was outside by 7:15 every morning, ready to photograph couples and families before breakfast, after breakfast, and then all late afternoon and evening. When I wasn't shooting, I was editing (thank you, Wacom tablet--I do love you).

As usual, my husband was my trusty assistant (he played in the worship band when he wasn't helping me), and I was fortunate that my daughter could go as well. She not only assisted with the 3-5 year old little ones, but she also attended the youth activities with the missionary kids and made some lifelong friends. The rest of the team were invaluable whether they played in the worship band, tireless kept and taught the missionary kids, or humbly served as the doctor. What a blessing to be a blessing.

 Our Christ Covenant mission team serving at the TEAM AEC 2014

Our Christ Covenant mission team serving at the TEAM AEC 2014

 Pastor Jim Barnes and his wife, Jane

Pastor Jim Barnes and his wife, Jane

 I don't know what it was about those missionaries, but they could SING! Worship led by Gabe and his trusty team

I don't know what it was about those missionaries, but they could SING! Worship led by Gabe and his trusty team

 My  sweet daughter and a few of her kiddos from the 3-5 year old class

My  sweet daughter and a few of her kiddos from the 3-5 year old class

 Our team included a retired doctor so that the missionaries could get some medical counsel. That, and the fact that Dr. Bob was hilarious made a lovely addition to the group.

Our team included a retired doctor so that the missionaries could get some medical counsel. That, and the fact that Dr. Bob was hilarious made a lovely addition to the group.

 The camp was very well run and the food wasn't that bad. Except for those darn British sausages. Ugh. Who can eat those things? I firmly believe that the reason we conquered the British during the Revolutionary War was their food. Seriously.

The camp was very well run and the food wasn't that bad. Except for those darn British sausages. Ugh. Who can eat those things? I firmly believe that the reason we conquered the British during the Revolutionary War was their food. Seriously.

 The teenage missionary kids were a great group. It's hard to be a missionary kid--they're not Americans any more, but they're not really European either. Difficult to be somewhere in between...

The teenage missionary kids were a great group. It's hard to be a missionary kid--they're not Americans any more, but they're not really European either. Difficult to be somewhere in between...

And finally a few of my favorite shots of the missionary families...

And finally, a professionally done video that I had nothing to do with. T.E.A.M. employs their own talented videographer, Joel Hager. This work is all his...

England Missions Trip 2014