Josh Duncan, the owner of Vintage Spark Photography, is also a full-time employee with MountainChild as US National Director of Operations. MountainChild (www.mountainchild.org) is a non-profit organization that carry's hope to the children of the Himalayas. MountainChild mission statement is "MountainChild derives its values based on a biblical worldview and exists for the purpose of raising awareness, resources and financial aid for humanitarian work carried out among impoverished children living in the Himalayas". Children from these areas are counted fortunate if they live to see their early adolescence and the statistics are staggering; 1 out of 5 deaths of children is due to a water related disease and 24,000 children under the age of five died from water related diseases within Nepal in 2012. MountainChild is urgently working to improve the lives of these children by bringing food, medical aid, education and love to children who have little chance of survival amongst such hostile conditions. At MountainChild, they are hyper-fanatical about stopping the cycle of suffering. Their passionate purpose is all about enabling the mountain child to become a carrier of hope to their people. Five (5) core issues have been identified in MountainChild’s pursuit to meet our stated objectives and to carry hope to the children of the Himalayas. The five core issues are HEALTH, TRAFFICKING, ENVIRONMENT, EDUCATION, and CHILD LABOR. To learn more about MountainChild, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
To share with you a little more detail about this connection, Josh took his first trip in Nepal in November 2011 and he describes that initial journey and experience as a "crisis of encounter that turned his world upside right." Seeing children sick because they do not have access to clean water or a child vulnerable to human trafficking and preyed upon because they have no access to health care or educational opportunities struck a deep cord within him. This "crisis of encounter" resulted in great clarity - the journey exposed how God was using various individual passions that seemed disconnected from one another and intertwining them in an unbreakable bond. Josh was able to see how his love for photography, his knowledge of engineering and passion for clean water, his joy of trekking into remote areas and encountering vast mountains, his love of children, and desire to serve Jesus in sharing His love in powerful, yet tangible, ways would all culminate together in this initial trip with MountainChild. This initial trip culminated led Josh to ultimately abandon his idea of the 'American Dream', solidify his heart for serving those in Nepal, and ultimately shifted him from being an owner in an consulting engineering firm to serving full-time with MountainChild. Josh is passionate about the organization, utilizing his other talents and passions for making a difference in the children and villagers residing in the remote villages of the Himalayas. Ultimately, your support of Vintage Spark Photography provides direct and tangible support for the work he does with MountainChild.
Josh travels to Nepal often to serve alongside the world's greatest, most passionate, resilient, and dedicated staff who are joyfully, and sacrificially, serving those throughout the Himalayas. With each of his journey's, Josh utilizes his passion for photography to capture and share the story of the mountain child. His hope is that it highlights and advocates for those living in some of the most remote villages of the world. These are some of the images of the children who are the passion of MountainChild.
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