Although Washington Journalism Center students often volunteer at the Capitol Hill Crisis Pregnancy Center (CHCPC) as part of the semester’s Neighborhood Engagement component, it is not often that we get to interact with the clients who visit the center. But on April 7, 2013, some of us were able to meet these people, hear their stories and learn about their lives.
The CHCPC photo ministry was inspired by similar projects, and it seemed like an outlet to serve the surrounding community while using God’s given passions and privileges.
On Sunday, April 7, three students and I walked over to Stanton Park on Capitol Hill. We photographed three families, but I think we provided more than just nice photos – we gave self-confidence, excitement for the future and an enjoyable afternoon in the sun.
Although the day was planned well in advance (I pitched the idea to the WJC/ASP professors, the day was organized with CHCPC and other student volunteers were gathered), the extent to which the ministry blessed each one of us was surprising.
We connected with each person and child, and we were also able to celebrate each family by showing them their beautiful photographs. The expression on their faces when they reviewed the photos on the camera was priceless — they were astonished and proud.
To see more photos from the day, follow this link.
*Photos by ASP student Jacob Bechtol