Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Special Family

One thing I have been thinking about since Circle of Life came about was in what way I wish to "give back." Not wanting to simply throw a donation at an organization, I have felt called to provide a service through my work, and the idea came about to provide family pictures for missionaries to use in their ministry. I greatly admire families who have heard the call to uproot themselves to follow God's will and have seriously taken on the challenges that go with it. If you know of a missionary family who will be in the area and need an updated photo, please let me know!

This evening I spent a little time with the Grosh family. The kids may look a little familiar from a previous post, and this time we were working on getting some family images for Tom to use for his South Central PA ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. IVCF reaches out to college students and professors~ their vision statement is to see student & faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed. Tom does a lot of things, but his area of emphasis is "to identify, encourage, and equip Christian scholars to be redeeming influences among the people, ideas, and structures of higher education." They are a wonderful family whom I appreciate greatly for their Christian example. I did have to put one here of the twins, just sweet girls~ Enjoy!


  1. Dear Marci,

    Thank-you so much!

    Your desire to offer your gifts in this manner is a great encouragement to our family and our ministry, simplifying our efforts to communicate well with many across large distances.

    May God's blessing be upon you as you offer your gift of photography and presentation of image to the praise of his glory,

    Tom Grosh
    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
    Graduate & Faculty Ministry

  2. As always I love looking at your work. It is great when 2 friends have such passion serving God is reflected in their work. Blessings to you Marci and the lives that you touch!

  3. Once again, thank-you Marci! Having the photos 'ready for use' enabled preparing a bulletin board at our local congregation so much smoother. Your brother in Christ, Tom


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Giving Back~ Organizations supported by Circle of Life Photography

In giving back, Circle of Life Photography's main goal is to help those experiencing extreme poverty and nourishing them with food, shelter and spiritual guidance. Education is a big part of helping people learn how to help themselves and change the downward spiral of poverty for a better future for themselves and their children. Locally, a more tangible way of giving back is through using my photography gifts to serve others who are experiencing crisis (see NILMDTS and Pillows of Love.)

Compassion International~ Haiti's Child Survival Project

In 2011-12, Circle of Life Photography makes a monthly $30 donation to the non-profit organization, Compassion International, whose goal is to change Haiti through the rescue, nuture and discipling of children during the critical early childhood years.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart for families overcome by the grief and pain of the death of their newborn or infant. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives. I am an active NILMDTS volunteer photographer for Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Lancaster Women & Babies Hospital.

Joni & Friends Family Retreat

I am honored to be a volunteer photographer at the Joni & Friends Family Retreat in the Poconos (Spruce Lake Retreat) for a week each summer (click here for past blog post.) Joni & Friends seeks to serve as a ministry of outreach to people with disabilities and their families across the US and around the world. Families from around the country attend Family Retreats seeking relaxation, encouragement and a time to strengthen their family.