The last session of the day was led by a photographer called Jendella Hallam Benson. She shared how she had been inspired to start a photography project focussing on young mothers by things that she had heard at the previous gathering. She had been thinking about it for a while, but was also thinking about the direction in which she wanted her career to develop, as a newly qualified photographer. She had initially wanted to ‘follow the money’ and take shots of celebrities, but then realised “I wanted to do something that makes a difference, tell stories that matter.” Jendella described how, once she had made this decision, all sorts of doors opened for her. It was still very tough to get the project funded and off the ground, but she really felt she was answering God’s call for her. “It is important to get into your groove. You were made for certain things. No-one can do that for you.” When we are doing what God is calling us to do, we are not the imposter, we are in our own unique groove. God needs us to be ourselves, not anyone else, answering our own call, and we will be blessed in it.
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