A Relaxing Afternoon

Taking in the breathtaking sunset As a token of appreciation for all the hard work the staff has been doing here at HQ recently, Mr. Gothard graciously allowed for a staff outing on Friday afternoon and evening. I had been unusually busy for a few weeks and so it was really nice to take the time to relax a bit and build relationships with those I don’t get to work with as closely.

What's a zoo without tigers?One of the locations we visited was the Lincoln Park Zoo right smack in the middle of CHappy Birthday David!hicago. I let Clayton use my camera some of the time and we had  fun discussing photography while shooting live subjects.

Taking a stroll along the beach... In the evening we enjoyed the beach and breeze of Lake Michael photographing in ChicagoMichigan. Michael and I took the opportunity to photograph the sunset together. It  was refreshing to get out and do some photography again.


God blessed the trip: we handed some tracks, a few young men we met at the beach actually prayed to receive Christ, and I believe our goal of encouraging the staff was accomplished.


Isaiah 32:18 “And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;”

Panaramic of the outskirts of Chicago


  1. Esther May 21, 2008 at 7:10 pm #

    Salvations at the Beach! Praise the Lord! A relaxing outing doesn’t mean missed opportunities!

  2. Matthew May 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    James you definitely look like you were in your element. Awesome pictures!-especially the one with the glider. I’m encouraged also the other’s focus you all had. I need to remember that no matter the situation someone is in need and I might be able to help!

  3. Robert June 1, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    Beautiful photography, James. That was such a memorable and refreshing evening and you captured it very well!

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