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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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Welcome to the new site!

Hey everyone… Welcome to my new website, lightexposure.org. Well, you might also notice that it’s still johno.org but the lightexposure will point here for now. Much of this site is still being worked on, but I like the look and I think it has potential for future projects. Future projects I would like to finally see take off.I’m making this change because I need a fresh start. I’m not sure that I have fully developed my idea but that’s ok. What I really want to do is write more… everyday really. However, I know that sometimes my schedule prevents it. I believe that’s no excuse. I could schedule blog posts for days I know will be more hectic than others. I don’t have to write a novel. I just need to write. Alas, I have a fear. Fear that what I have to say is worthless. Have you ever felt that way? I have a fear of writing something and someone thinking, “what an idiot.” Ever think that?I love the ending of Robert Mckee’s book, “Story” where he says,

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Keep Story at hand. Use what you learn from it as a guide, until command of its principles becomes as natural as the talent you were born with. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.

Oh, that’s what I want. I want courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure.So here I go! I’m launching this site with a challenge to myself and a reward to those of you who find yourself getting involved here with me.This week, I’d like to know your thoughts on what topics you think get talked about to much on social websites, i.e. blogs, twitter, facebook, etc… and what topics don’t get much attention on the web.My promise is to choose one topic from the comments and blog everyday this week about something you think doesn’t get much attention.Here are the rules:1. Since this site is viewed by some of my children, your topics must be family friendly.2. You can post your ideas once a day. You can comment as much as you like on things suggested by others or even your own ideas… but, only one post with your ideas will be count.At the end of the week I’ll throw your name in a bucket for every post you made and draw a name at random. That name will WIN a nice basket from Uganda, Africa.If I choose your topic for the day, you will get two shots… One for posting and one for having your topic chosen.I’m just trying to have a little fun and get a bunch of folks over here to my website. I have some great ideas for the future and I don’t want to keep them to myself… and I have no shame bribing folks to read my blog or visit my site.So there you have it. I’ll post a picture of the basket on my twitter account. If you are not following me on twitter, you can do so at lightexposure or you can find it on facebook.Peace.johno~

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skimmers – queen elizabeth game park, uganda

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Hannah and Zakalyia

Here's a photo of two of my kids.

peace
Johno~

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Faith Quest Uganda

Hey everyone! It’s only hours now before the team of six board a jumbo jet and head past Eyjafjallajökull to Heathrow airport for NINE hours and then fly off to Entebbe, Uganda. I’m not sure how this will work, but I imagine we will have the opportunity to write an email or two, so I’ve set up a blog for the Uganda team and support staff to post their thoughts, updates and reflections on the trip. You can follow us on twitter too.

So jump on over to: Faith Quest Uganda @ Posterous.com

There are already some great thoughts and writings. So jump on over and spread the word to the world… or at least your neighbors.

BTW, it’s a new month here real soon and I’m not sure that I will be able to post much while I’m away, so I’m including in this post my May Desktop for 2010. I thought this was a fitting picture, since I hope to visit this little church again in Uganda, where this small boy peeked in at the Muzungu’s.

Help bring awareness to our trip. You can find the original download HERE. So tell your neighbors… or at least a co-worker.

Thanks everyone for your prayers. We are feeling a peace like we’ve never felt before.

Blessings to you all.
johno~

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A letter to our friends and family

By now many of you have received a letter from Hannah and I regarding our trip to Uganda this April and May. If for some reason you’ve not received a letter, we apologize. We want to include you in our journey so we’re posting our Uganda letter here.

Hannah and I have been very encouraged by many of you who have already responded through your support and prayer. Already, nine limited prints have been sold. If you are interested in purchasing a print, act quickly before they’re all gone. You can find them HERE.

Again, thanks so much for your prayers. If you feel like sharing this with your community, church or neighbor, please feel free… You can also retweet or share as a facebook link if you’re a cyber junkie.

If you would prefer a hard copy of this letter with a photo of Hannah and I… please email me your address and I will send you a letter in the mail.

To our friends and family,
I am so honored and proud to share with you that Hannah and I are planning to journey to Uganda, Africa this April to work with a youth camp that several others and myself began in 2004, Faith Quest Uganda.

In 1987 a small camp began in Oregon called Faith Quest. It was started by a couple of youth workers who saw the need for spiritual growth and action among teens in the northwest. For 23 years Faith Quest America has impacted thousands of teens to share and impact their world for Christ. One of the former students from the church that began Faith Quest America answered the call to be more to his world and became a missionary in Fort Portal, Uganda. That student, Jeff Cash, has been serving the people of Uganda for more than 15 years and has done amazing work for Jesus and the community throughout Uganda. Jeff has partnered with local authorities and government agencies to bring aid and relief supplies to many in need. Jeff is answering the call to make a difference in the world.

So you might understand my excitement for the opportunity that Hannah has. She is stepping up to make a difference in her world like Jeff. This will be the first time, since Faith Quests beginning, that a current student from Faith Quest America will travel to Faith Quest Uganda. We are prayerful that Hannah will not be the only student from the United States to travel; however, things like school schedules, sports and financial support have already made it difficult for other students to attend. As a home school family we are afforded flexibility where our schoolroom is located. Africa is an incredible classroom. Our biggest roadblock however, is the financial. We estimate $8,000 budget for our trip to be successful. This is where we trust in God and look to you as partners with us.

Both Hannah and I are working to provide our financial contribution to the trip. Hannah was offered a job, by the owner of Wendy’s, in Wenatchee on Saturdays cleaning tables and refilling sodas for customers. I’m working on selling some limited edition prints of my photography locally and through the internet. Our goal is $1,000 each. We are looking for both prayer partners and financial partners to help us fulfill our financial and spiritual goals. Hannah and I are asking, “Will you sponsor us with a tax deductible gift?

We are trusting that Jesus will provide… He has so abundantly given in the past through generous gifts like yours. With your financial gift, we will also be able to help provide for the needs of many students at Faith Quest Uganda. Everything cost money and your support helps provide for us as well as many students who will be attending camp. My first year in Uganda, through the generosity of many, we were able to supply housing for a displaced family for six months. Busessa and his family are doing well and ministering in the Dominican Republic of Congo now thanks to the generosity of many like you.

I’ve shared a lot, but I would like for Hannah to share some of her thoughts. She has written a letter to you expressing her thoughts about this trip.

Hi everyone, Hannah here.
This year I would love to travel to Uganda, Africa. I want to make a difference in this world… I want to show the love of Jesus to the children I meet in Uganda. I would love to be Jesus to the children I meet whether orphaned, in some village or maybe sitting in a clinic waiting for someone to show them the joy of the Lord.

I’m excited because I will be among the first Faith Quest campers to attend Faith Quest Uganda and Faith Quest US in the same year. That’s pretty cool. However, the only thing that stands in the way is the cost. My costs will run about $4,000. For my Pop and I about $8,000 total. That’s a lot of money. I’m planning on doing a few jobs to contribute to my trip, but I still need financial support so that I can go be with the widows and the orphans just like Jesus told us to.
Thank you for always being there in the past and God bless.

Hannah K. Thomas

Hannah and I know it’s been a difficult year for our nations economy. We are doing our best to be faithful stewards of the blessings God has given us. Breaking it down, we are asking for a $1 a day for the next 30 days or a special gift helping us reach our goal. On April 28th, 2010, Lord willing, we plan to board a plane with several others to begin a two week mission in Uganda. However our financial needs are arriving sooner than that. Our airfare is $1,531.00 per ticket. That’s a total of $3,062 total so your gift of $30 would help us lock in our trip.

One last blessing I want to share with you, our family has sponsored a child with World Vision for four years now. His name is Zakalyia and he lives very close to Fort Portal, where Hannah and I will be staying. His birthday is May 10th and we are working with World Vision to visit him and celebrate his 8th birthday. On my last trip I was unable to connect with him because of an outbreak of the Ebola virus. We are prayerful that God will bless this opportunity for Zakalyia, Hannah and I.

Hannah and I are so thankful for you. As we conclude this letter, we covet your prayers. Jesus is leading every bit of this mission. He will be glorified no matter what. Second, we are seeking your financial support. We cannot do this without your support. Your gift of $30, $50, $350 or whatever amount is placed on your heart will be a huge blessing. Thank you so much.

“Until the whole world hears.”

Johnathan and Hannah Thomas

PLEASE SEND GIFTS TO: KING’S ORCHARD CHURCH OF CHRIST PO BOX 1019 WENATCHEE, WA 98807 / Please sign checks to: King’s Orchard church of Christ with the memo UGANDA FUND

peace.
johno~

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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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Purposeful.

I’m really trying to do this blog thing better than I’ve done in the past… I realize I have far to go. It’s not that my spirit is not willing… my flesh, well, it’s not weak… just easily distracted.

In one short week I will be headed off to Guatemala with World Vision. I’ve still hundreds of things to do before then. I can tell it’s affecting me, because the other night I had a dream I was on the plane to go to Guatemala and didn’t even have my luggage packed. I kept saying, “I’ve got to get off this plane… I’ve got to get off this plane.” Strange enough, my next dream was driving to base camp getting ready to climb Mt. Everest. I seemed kinda stoked in that dream.

Perhaps someone, with a degree in counseling, can tell me if I’m losing my mind or facing giants… I’m not sure, however, I’m very thankful for my friends and family… mostly my wonder and sexy sports loving wife.

I know many of you are very purposeful with your finances. I’m thankful for the stewardship each of you have and for the many things you choose to bless. Soon many of you will receive a letter from Hannah and I discussing our efforts to journey to Uganda for Faith Quest. Please keep us in your prayers and consider how you might partner with us. There are so many ways we could partner.

One of my friends has partnered with me to print a limited collection of some of my work. I’ve chosen three prints.
1 CHILD
BLUE DOORS
ORANGE DRESS, GREEN DRESS

A donation of $350 or more will get your a 20×30 signed canvas print of your choice. I’ll pay for the print and shipping… you get a tax deduction for your donation. Does it get any better than that? YES!

If you prefer, you can have a photo printed on fine art gallery matte. The matte is incredible. I’ve seen a print and it showed more detail in the print than I saw on my screen. Amazing. If 20×30 is to large, a smaller 16×20 canvas print can be made.

If you are interested in a limited print, send a donation to:
King’s Orchard church of Christ
Uganda Mission Journey
P.O. Box 1019
Wenatchee, WA 98807

Send me an email or give me a call if you have any questions about getting a limited print. I will try to get some real pics of the prints up soon.

Hannah and I are so excited. We will keep you up to date.

Until the whole world hears.
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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