In October 2017, I had the opportunity to join a short term missions trip, along with 6 other ladies, to the villages of Mexico where we would join in with the locals and listen to their stories of heartache, oppression, persecution for their faith. There were a lot of tears but the most amazing, life-changing moment was to watch their joy. SO MUCH JOY! These people have been beaten, persecuted, risk their lives for their faith in Jesus but through it all.... joy. In addition to listening to their stories, we got to take their family photos for the first time, print them and give it to them as gifts to show them just how beautiful they are. A lot of them were very overwhelmed with a camera pointed at them and would remain stoic, expressionless. But eventually their friends and family would gather and make them laugh, smile and we would snap that rare moment of laughter. Photography is such an intimate gift and we were able to give something to these families to treasure forever.