Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ryan Tells the Story

I went to high school with a guy named Ryan who is a really, really talented videographer. You may remember him from our food drop and other adventures back with Anna and Adam in March. He has left Haiti, where he was working with Living Water International, and is now on a year-plus-long African adventure. He's spent a lot of time in Rwanda and Sierra Leone so far.

While in Port-au-Prince he lived for about 10 days in a tent city not far from Quisqueya. He lived with a family and interviewed one of its ladies. Here is her story.

182 from Five One Films on Vimeo.

Before meeting up with Ben and I in Port-au-Prince, Ryan was in another part of town. He spent some time with fishermen there and filmed this incredible piece.

Cabaret from Five One Films on Vimeo.

I mean, wow. If you click the "Five One Films" link above you can see more of his work, including more recent videos from Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

While Ryan was in Haiti I once offhandedly mentioned that Ben and I have an old camera and that one day we hoped to upgrade. This generous friend mentioned that he had upgraded as his photography/videography business has matured, and would we like his old camera? I picked it up today from his dad and was totally blown away. It is incredible. I am afraid to touch it. I can only hope it will help us tell the story of Haiti better, and that will help everybody who is not there to keep Haiti fresh in their thoughts and prayers. But first I'll have to figure out how to turn it on.

Thank you, Ryan, for telling the story, and for being a very generous friend.



  1. Seeing the trees instead of the forest is sobering. Unfortunately there are thousands of these trees in the forest of Haiti. So much need it can be overwhelming. I guess we should follow Scripture and pick one of those trees to help. Thanks to Ryan for this work and his generosity.

  2. Hi Katie

    you don't know me, but I think you know my husband, pretty well. I found your blog through Aaron and Heather Hendrick- we are pretty good friends with them. My husband is Brian Lopas- he was best friends with your brother Matt growing up.
    Anyway, Brian wanted me to contact you and ask if there is any way we can help you guys out and what we can be praying for. We are excited about the Hendricks moving to Haiti and will be keeping up with what is going on with them. Let us know what we can do to help you, and to help Haiti.

    Whitney Lopas



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