Bill and I volunteer at our church, and we’re grateful to do so in areas we are passionate about — coffee and photography.
One thing I love about our church is the diversity. On Sundays, the building is filled with people of all colors and backgrounds, joining together to worship. I’ve heard it said that the most segregated time of the week is Sunday morning. So I believe it’s even more special and important that a church reflects the diversity of people that Jesus calls his own.
A couple of months ago, I had a desire to make portraits of the diverse, beautiful, feisty, and joyful women of our Pretoria church. I was shy and tentative, and I kept coming up with reasons not to execute the project.
But I couldn’t get it out of my heart.
This week Hillsong will host their Sisterhood service, and I realized that maybe the project God placed on my heart was exactly what the church could use to encourage women via social media. I mustered my courage and prayed that somehow this project would honor the women of Pretoria, worship God, and show others the beauty of regular women. Yesterday, while making portraits and asking women about their Sisterhood prayers, I learned that Sisterhood will occur at campuses around the world. The diversity in Pretoria in only a snapshot of the great body of women who will come together to worship, to serve, and to learn of God’s love and purpose for them.
Here are the beautiful women from South Africa.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. –Proverbs 31:25