From the Field

2022 life frames: Storytelling from World Vision photographers

Six smiling children in Myanmar pose for a photo on an old green truck.

World Vision photographers capture stories of children and their families to inspire us to action and compassion. They capture those intimate moments that illuminate God’s grace and faithfulness as we follow Jesus’ example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed.

Discover what’s it like behind the scenes during some of these moments, published biannually in this year’s issues of World Vision magazine.

Reflecting with gratitude

Written and photographed by Saw Moo Kale, World Vision Myanmar communications staff member

Canon R

70-200mm lens at 145mm, 1/125 at f/5.6, ISO 100

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Finally, as COVID-19 and conflict restrictions have eased in her community in Myanmar, 11-year-old Khaing (in pink, second from right) is able to attend a birthday party for sponsored children.

She joins other happy children scrambling on an old farming truck parked nearby, content after a delicious meal and fun games. They’re modeling their new World Vision hats. During COVID-19 restrictions children had to stay home, so this party is an especially joyful time for them, a time to heal. The virus has been devastating here. I lost my own mother to it.

My favorite verse is Matthew 19:14, where Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Whenever I photograph, the first thing that comes to mind is that I thank God I can work with children in these challenging times. No matter how difficult it may be around them, children are able to forget sadness and troubles for a while and remind us adults that we can create happiness and fun for them.

I look through my viewfinder and pray that God will allow me to capture the emotions I see, to create beautiful images of children. I pray with the children, too, before I photograph.

Parents love to see the photos of their children, to see their happy faces. They are especially proud that their children are involved in these programs. I also want to share fun pictures with our supporters, to show them we are doing our best.

Saw Moo Kale lives in a community served by World Vision.

Read more stories from World Vision photographers in our life frames series.

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