An Evangelical Church in the Heart of Thatcham

Photos in conflict

There are a few jobs in life, when you survey them, especially the dangers, that make you seriously wonder why people do them. I can identify with those in the military that go on dangerous tours in places like Afghanistan and yet there are others that go within a very short distance of the front line in order to take photographs and to capture moving images.

The sights they see are so often truly heart-rending, to say nothing about the natural fear they experience just to be there in situ.

So why do they do it? It certainly isn’t so that they can put food on the table. One testimony I read spoke of the need to tell people’s stories, that through their cameras they are able to take up the role of storytellers, and in this way, they can keep some hope alive that their plight will not be overlooked or forgotten.

Mankind’s plight has been a sad one since the earliest of times, sin has been a plague that we have just become used to, now even feel immune to. And yet God in His own prototypical way took up his camera and filled the Bible with shot after shot, story after story to show us both mankind’s misery and God’s sufficient mercy to match.

Why has He done so? Well, so that we would not lose hope in the knowledge that there is a Christmas Saviour, one born to die on our behalf leaving a glorious global hope behind.

Pastor Hedley

I am the Pastor at Thatcham Evangelical Church in West Berkshire. This is an FIEC (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches) affiliated church.