Iris Ministry

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A couple weeks ago I was able to visit Iris Ministry here in Tana. I was able to learn more about what they are doing here in Tana. 

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They help and support close to 150 children. They have 5 houses; one is for the infants and toddlers, one for the boys and three for the girls. I was able to visit 4 out of 5 of the houses.  

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My highlight of the visit was spending some time with the little kids, watching them play outside and taking their photos. They loved getting their picture taken. 

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They also have a school for the kids to attend.  

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Every Wednesday morning they have their milk program ministry. Local families with babies come to receive some powdered milk. They also weigh the babies to make sure they are getting enough food.  

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Every Friday afternoon they also have a ministry at a local dump. I’m hoping to visit them during that ministry

I T A O S Y

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I first came to Itaosy back in 1999. It was when I was in Madagascar for my DTS with YWAM. One of my friends, another student, would invite me over to her house from time to time, in Itaosy, to visit her family. 

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From that time on, they took me in as one of their own. They treated me like family.  

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If I was sick, they would take care of me, they made sure I had all I needed, they cared for me.  

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I’ve seen so many of these kids grow up before my eyes. I love seeing them again. 

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These are just a few shots from my Itaosy family. There will be a lot more to come! 

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F I T A

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This guy right here has been anticipating my coming. He’s been wanting to do photos again and hang out since the last time I was here.  

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I hope to spend more time with Fita, as well as the others, taking as many photos as I can. 

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We need to do photos again soon Fita!

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a boy named Darrell

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I love this kid!! He's so much fun to work with. For every session, I get exactly what I am hoping for and more!! I love it that he also gives me ideas for the photos!! He has an amazing creative mind!

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I've wanted to do this session for a couple of months now, and finally got the chance yesterday. 

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I got the trucker hat from my dear friend Kelsea, when she was visiting. And the jean shirt, we actually found when we were doing some thrifting in Nashville. Kelsea actually eyed it first, and I'm so glad we got it!!

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I knew I had to do some type of photo session with J, using that shirt and the cool trucker hat. Add on the sweet glasses, cut off jean shorts and the name tag...perfection!!

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This kid is a natural in front of the camera!!

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He had the idea of leaping into this field!! 

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Darell, you're awesome!!

Moonstone Beach

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Even though the wind that day was crazy, we still loved walking around Moonstone beach in Cambria, and searching for some cool moonstones. 

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Everyone was digging around, looking for the best moonstone!

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We went across the street and had a nice cup of Joe at a cool little spot!

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I could stay at this place forever. I love the sound of the waves, I love the color of the water, I love how calming it is. California, you always have my heart. 

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