Hi, I’m Rachel!
My two absolute favorite things in the world are missions and photography. I’ve taught English in China, organized summer camps in Russia, and done village work in India. On all of my trips, my camera is constantly with me, documenting the moments I never want to forget. It hadn’t ever occurred to me that missions and photography had anything to do with each other. In the last year, however, God has given me a vision for using photography to inform the church. Through media I can help us to see the need for the Gospel all of the world and also the ways in which God is at work. My trip to Vietnam is the first step in that direction.
Over the next few months, I will be traveling across Vietnam, working my way from south to north. After flying to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), I will venture further south to explore the Mekong Delta, and then return to the city. After a few days of rest, I will journey to the Central Highlands and then make my way to the coast via Da Nang. From Da Nang, I will fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. After Hanoi, I will spend several days traveling further out to port cities, Ha Long Bay, and the mountains just south of the Chinese border. Finally, I will return to Ho Chi Minh City and prepare to head home.
Before God opened the door for this trip, I knew next to nothing about Vietnam. As I have begun to do more research, though, I am already starting to fall in love with this incredible country. I’m so eager to learn who the Vietnamese are, what their culture is like, and what needs they have. My hope is that through my photos and stories, more believers will want to get involved in bringing the Gospel to Vietnam.
I cannot wait to begin this journey, and I am so excited for you to share this experience with me. Are you ready?
Follow Rachel’s Journey from September to December this year as she travels through Viet Nam. We will publish a weekly email recap and you can follow more updates and see photographs through our various social media channels with the hashtag of #rachelsjourney.