CEF European Regional Office
This was the view from Kilchzimmer at 8:00am this morning after an overnight rain. It makes for an encouraging start to the day when we can get above those dreary clouds in the valley. If we get caught in early morning work traffic, that really means we got behind a tractor or the cows were crossing the road after milking.
[Fuji X-T1, 18-55mm, LR]
Over the coming days I’ll be taking photos and putting together several promotional presentations (.ppt) for workers at the CEF European Regional Office.
Sometimes getting the right angle for a photo requires a bit of (physical) flexibility …I nearly got my head and camera wedged between the railings in the narrow space leading to the cellar.
Besides being drawn to the interesting colors and patterns in this scene, I took the photo to show all the work and preparations needed for serving the many students passing through Kilchzimmer. Sonja has quite the collection of home made jams and preserves in the cellar.
In CEF we usually need photos of children or CEF ministries. Wires, circuit boards and pipes are not normally on my list of subjects to photograph. Kilchzimmer is raising finances for three urgent needs and will be including an insert with the Kilchzimmer newsletter. Projects include a vehicle, regulators for the heating system and a new phone system.
My photo challenge was to make an old dusty telephone circuit board of wires and switches not only semi-recognizable but also visually interesting. The heating system with it’s regulators and control units had a few more photographic possibilities.
I needed to keep the photos true and accurate so Photoshoping smoke, sparks, or steam into the images wasn’t an option. 🙂
We were able to get most of the Kilchzimmer staff and volunteers together for a staff photo.
This is rare to have the workers in one place at the same time. After this photo was taken, some of us rushed off to different meetings and one worker arrived at the airport and just missed the photo.
That’s life at Kilchzimmer!
[Sue was another one of the absentees.]
As I write this we are nearing the end of another exciting CEF European Regional Conference with 350+ workers attending from around Europe, Russia, and Central Asia [picture 1.]. Nearly all the rooms were filled. The conference comes every three years and was held this year in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. This is a big event that comes every three years and lasts for a week. There are also other meetings and courses tagged on the end of the conference. I will stay until Tuesday evening to teach a seminar course in the Instructors of Preschoolers course.
[picture 2.] This is the main meeting room. We had excellent facilities at the Schönblick Christian conference center.
[picture 3.] One of the big events of the conference was the passing on of the baton, when the leadership of Europe (European Regional Director) was passed from Roy Harrison to Gerd-Walter Buskies. Here Roy and Ruth are standing next to a painting presented to them, painted by Aapo Pukk – a respected portrait painter from Estonia who has painted heads of state and leaders in Europe & US.
G.W. Buskies is holding the mic. There were all kinds of surprises throughout the day bringing laughter and tears.
[picture 4.] Our Multimedia department was busy for several months leading up to the conference completing projects to introduce to the workers for their ministry.
[picture 5.] From here Brent Hautle (the graphic designer at Kilchzimmer) operates the lights located in every corner and sets up the presentations for projecting on the wall. Brent gave an excellent seminar on giving effective presentations. You can view/download this from the Conference website at ustream.tv. If you want to view any of the services, drop me an email and I’ll give you the URL and password to watch any of the recorded services and messages.
[picture 6.] Markus (CEF Austria) was responsible for the sound system. They had an amazing sound system and Markus felt right at home with all the mics, knobs and sliders.
[picture 7.] One of my responsibilities during the conference was to control the video cameras and projector. Also, off to the side I had my laptop set up to control the video stream for viewing LIVE over the Internet. Getting this to work with the video console is a story in itself. There were quite a few people around the world watching the services live and another 400+ people watching the services later. Even though this kept us busy operating the console it was quite exciting (and fun!). 🙂
The 3-month Children’s Ministry Leadership Course recently started up at Kilchzimmer.
The Autumn course has 18 students taking the classes in German and 12 students taking the classes in English.
It can be a challenge waiting for a good photo day. This afternoon, I quickly snapped photos of each class … in between the big gusts of wind, blowing leaves and hair. You’ll notice I asked someone to hold down the flash and umbrella stand from flying away. The rain came as soon as we finished. That’s Swiss weather!
Photographer notes: I used the flash (manual setting) to help warm up the shadows on the faces and fill in around the eyes. The flash helped to counter the cool overcast day and surrounding green reflecting onto their faces. Because I used a single umbrella for a group shot, I had the umbrella center pointing toward the far end of the group, feathering the light across those nearest the umbrella and giving an even coverage of light across the entire group.
[From Right to Left]
For 14 years, Suzanne Jones was secretary to Roy Harrison, the European Regional Director. She will be returning to N. Ireland.
Paul & Audrey Reid have been with CEF for 43 years and in recent years were serving in Kilchzimmer as head of the European Education Dept.. They will be returning to Spain where they served as missionaries.
The Mayhew family will move to France where Philippe will be the National Director of CEF France. Philippe worked at Kilchzimmer in the Education Dept..
Lizanne Dumigan was head of the Multi-Media Dept. and worked as Administrative assistant to the European Director. She arrived in Kilchimmer during the mid-80s, shortly before we did and worked closely with Sue & I all these years in the Literature production ministry. She was a great asset to the department and will be missed. Lizanne returned to N. Ireland and plans to marry in August.