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The WINNER IS…

Number 4 according to RANDOM.ORG.I assigned a number, starting at one from the very first comment being number 1, to the final comment being number 31. I entered the minimum number and the maximum number at random.org and clicked “generate” which gave me the number 4.The fourth comment made was in the first post by Patty.Congratulations Patty! You’re the winner of the Uganda basket in this weeks give away.I can even had deliver it, since I will be in Portland tomorrow.If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry… I’ve got more to come.Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement.johno~

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skimmers – queen elizabeth game park, uganda

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Limited Collection

Hey everyone… Many of you will or already have received a letter from Hannah and I regarding our journey to Uganda. As stated in the letter, I’m offering three limited prints on canvas for those who make a donation of $350 to King’s Orchard church of Christ with the memo Uganda Journey. I only have these three prints now, HOWEVER, my friend David Forester is willing to make more when the orders come in. What make these limited is my pocket. I can only manage to produce, (fund) 15 prints.

How it works:

You make a donation to King’s Orchard church of Christ buy sending a check for $350 with the memo: Thomas Uganda Gift… I buy the print with my money and I ship it to you. You get a tax deduction for 2010 and a nice limited edition signed canvas print. (These are also available on Fine Art Gallery Matte Paper, unmounted and unframed)

If you would like more detailed images feel free to send me an email and I will do my best to show the detail you are looking for.

These images are 20×30 canvas prints. If you prefer a smaller 16×20 canvas print, they are available too.





Canvas Image Close UpFine Art Gallery Matte Close Up

Just think about it… what a nice Christmas present these would make! Or anniversary present to your love! Better yet, send one to your facebook buddy on their Birthday so they don’t “unfriend” you! You could even cover that hole in the wall you’ve not patched for 6 months.

Lastly, you could tweet this page and help Hannah and I get the word out to your friends and family. This is a great opportunity to do good. Faith Quest Uganda has been an incredible blessing to many students. Now we have the chance to bridge the gap between two countries by bringing American students to Camp Saka and Faith Quest Uganda.

Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers. I will be posting our Uganda letter later this week for all.

Until the whole world hears.
johno~

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“About Me…” Contest!

OK, I’ve got another contest. This one will run for two weeks and I’m hoping for some fun input from a bunch of you.

One of the goals I have for 2010 is to work on my blog more than I did in 2009. (so far, so good) I want it to be a site that’s fun, informative, has to do with family, missions, photography and above all, Christ. As I dream about reshaping my blog, one of my most difficult sections is the “About Me” section.

Johnathan is a full time husband, father, youth minister and likes photography on the side.

Photography is his way of slowing down and taking in all of God’s wonderful creation. As St. Paul says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

To “clearly” see is what Johno tries to do in life and with photography. Every man, woman and child… every mountain, stream and flower are gifts that clearly show the fingerprints of God.

As a ministry servant, Johnathan has partnered with global community efforts, such as World Vision, to bring awareness, education and sponsorship to end extreme poverty.

Can you see my problem? You might have never even read it until now… It’s looooooonnnnnnggg! AND, I can tell that I wrote it. I don’t like talking about me in third person. It reminds me of something out of, “The 3 faces of Eve.”. So, I was hoping for a little, actually a lot, of help from those who know me and perhaps those who don’t know me except for what they see on my blog. This is a big step of faith and I will moderate most comments before I approve them to keep it fun. (although some of you are on the “white list” and can post whatever you want without my moderation… so be nice).

..::THE CONTEST::..
If you could write an “About Me” statement for Johnathan (Johno) Thomas’ blog, what would it be?

Try to be creative and fun… please no swear words… Keep it simple and to the point.

Post your Johnathan Thomas blog “About Me” statements in the comment field and I will pick my favorite one to post on my blog. The winner will receive a hand crafted African basket from Uganda.


How fun is that? This is a fair trade basket that I purchased in Fort Portal, Uganda. The name of the woman, Editta Karambi, who crafted the basket is on a piece of tape at the bottom of the basket.

I put my “About Me” in your hands. Many, perhaps 8, will enter but only one will win. I will send out another reminder later. Tell your friends, share with your boss. I can’t imagine what a complete stranger would say in my “About Me” section.

Peace.
johno~

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“About Me…”Contest!

OK, I’ve got another contest. This one will run for two weeks and I’m hoping for some fun input from a bunch of you.One of the goals I have for 2010 is to work on my blog more than I did in 2009. (so far, so good) I want it to be a site that’s fun, informative, has to do with family, missions, photography and above all, Christ. As I dream about reshaping my blog, one of my most difficult sections is the “About Me” section.

Johnathan is a full time husband, father, youth minister and likes photography on the side.Photography is his way of slowing down and taking in all of God’s wonderful creation. As St. Paul says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”To “clearly” see is what Johno tries to do in life and with photography. Every man, woman and child… every mountain, stream and flower are gifts that clearly show the fingerprints of God.As a ministry servant, Johnathan has partnered with global community efforts, such as World Vision, to bring awareness, education and sponsorship to end extreme poverty.

Can you see my problem? You might have never even read it until now… It’s looooooonnnnnnggg! AND, I can tell that I wrote it. I don’t like talking about me in third person. It reminds me of something out of, “The 3 faces of Eve.”. So, I was hoping for a little, actually a lot, of help from those who know me and perhaps those who don’t know me except for what they see on my blog. This is a big step of faith and I will moderate most comments before I approve them to keep it fun. (although some of you are on the “white list” and can post whatever you want without my moderation… so be nice)...::THE CONTEST::..If you could write an “About Me” statement for Johnathan (Johno) Thomas’ blog, what would it be?Try to be creative and fun… please no swear words… Keep it simple and to the point.Post your Johnathan Thomas blog “About Me” statements in the comment field and I will pick my favorite one to post on my blog. The winner will receive a hand crafted African basket from Uganda.

How fun is that? This is a fair trade basket that I purchased in Fort Portal, Uganda. The name of the woman, Editta Karambi, who crafted the basket is on a piece of tape at the bottom of the basket.I put my “About Me” in your hands. Many, perhaps 8, will enter but only one will win. I will send out another reminder later. Tell your friends, share with your boss. I can’t imagine what a complete stranger would say in my “About Me” section.Peace.johno~

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"About Me…" Contest!

OK, I’ve got another contest. This one will run for two weeks and I’m hoping for some fun input from a bunch of you.

One of the goals I have for 2010 is to work on my blog more than I did in 2009. (so far, so good) I want it to be a site that’s fun, informative, has to do with family, missions, photography and above all, Christ. As I dream about reshaping my blog, one of my most difficult sections is the “About Me” section.

Johnathan is a full time husband, father, youth minister and likes photography on the side.

Photography is his way of slowing down and taking in all of God’s wonderful creation. As St. Paul says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

To “clearly” see is what Johno tries to do in life and with photography. Every man, woman and child… every mountain, stream and flower are gifts that clearly show the fingerprints of God.

As a ministry servant, Johnathan has partnered with global community efforts, such as World Vision, to bring awareness, education and sponsorship to end extreme poverty.

Can you see my problem? You might have never even read it until now… It’s looooooonnnnnnggg! AND, I can tell that I wrote it. I don’t like talking about me in third person. It reminds me of something out of, “The 3 faces of Eve.”. So, I was hoping for a little, actually a lot, of help from those who know me and perhaps those who don’t know me except for what they see on my blog. This is a big step of faith and I will moderate most comments before I approve them to keep it fun. (although some of you are on the “white list” and can post whatever you want without my moderation… so be nice).

..::THE CONTEST::..
If you could write an “About Me” statement for Johnathan (Johno) Thomas’ blog, what would it be?

Try to be creative and fun… please no swear words… Keep it simple and to the point.

Post your Johnathan Thomas blog “About Me” statements in the comment field and I will pick my favorite one to post on my blog. The winner will receive a hand crafted African basket from Uganda.


How fun is that? This is a fair trade basket that I purchased in Fort Portal, Uganda. The name of the woman, Editta Karambi, who crafted the basket is on a piece of tape at the bottom of the basket.

I put my “About Me” in your hands. Many, perhaps 8, will enter but only one will win. I will send out another reminder later. Tell your friends, share with your boss. I can’t imagine what a complete stranger would say in my “About Me” section.

Peace.
johno~

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One man’s trash might be his own treasure.

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend who just purchased his first DSLR camera. We only spoke briefly about RAW’s capabilities before he exclaimed, “the files are huge.” Then he said, “I’m going to have to start deleting more pictures so I have room on my computer. I told him, “just buy another hard drive.” Here’s why.

Unless you’ve shot your foot by accident, you might want to keep ALL those pictures for another day. After my trip to Uganda in 2008, I had over 5000 photos to work through and it was overwhelming. Trying to pick the best shots for presenting in lectures and gallery shows, I could only take so much editing. I had made the cuts as best I could. No one wants to look at 5000 pictures all at one time because even good people can only take so much.

While working on a recent ebook project on poverty, I decided to take another look at all the photos that were not starred from the first run. No surprise, there were several images that I couldn’t believe I had left out of the original set. I’m not sure what I was thinking. What I do know, is my mind has been refreshed. I’ve also, upgraded a few software programs that have given me new techniques working with my photos. I’ve read journals and blogs of others who have challenged my creativity. The result was found gems.

trypsafrica
These are three of many photos I rediscovered and worked with in lightroom and photoshop cs.

With that, before you trash those photos, be certain you could NEVER do anything with them. And remember, never say never.

peace.
johno~

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One man's trash might be his own treasure.

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend who just purchased his first DSLR camera. We only spoke briefly about RAW’s capabilities before he exclaimed, “the files are huge.” Then he said, “I’m going to have to start deleting more pictures so I have room on my computer. I told him, “just buy another hard drive.” Here’s why.

Unless you’ve shot your foot by accident, you might want to keep ALL those pictures for another day. After my trip to Uganda in 2008, I had over 5000 photos to work through and it was overwhelming. Trying to pick the best shots for presenting in lectures and gallery shows, I could only take so much editing. I had made the cuts as best I could. No one wants to look at 5000 pictures all at one time because even good people can only take so much.

While working on a recent ebook project on poverty, I decided to take another look at all the photos that were not starred from the first run. No surprise, there were several images that I couldn’t believe I had left out of the original set. I’m not sure what I was thinking. What I do know, is my mind has been refreshed. I’ve also, upgraded a few software programs that have given me new techniques working with my photos. I’ve read journals and blogs of others who have challenged my creativity. The result was found gems.

trypsafrica
These are three of many photos I rediscovered and worked with in lightroom and photoshop cs.

With that, before you trash those photos, be certain you could NEVER do anything with them. And remember, never say never.

peace.
johno~

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Faith Quest Uganda 2008

Here’s a video from Faith Quest Uganda last year. Hard to believe it’s been a year.

These student wished to share their words with students in America. Enjoy.

peace.
johno~

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My video for the holydays.

I heard about a man killed in a human stampede on “Black Friday” in Walmart, by people trying to get the deal of the day. I’m embarrassed to be human.

Shawn McDonald song called “Greed” (which has really challenged my thoughts this Christmas), inspired me to make a video using clips of Black Friday I found on youtube. I’ll probably get sued… it’s worth the risk to help refocus the mindset in America the Christmas.

Consider giving the gift of a goat this Christmas.

Peace.
johno~

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