<b>FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS | </b>By Katie Murdoch Herald writer
A young woman from Lynnwood wants to give “a voice to the voiceless.” And a combination of hard work and her Christian faith is what she trusts will get her there.
Brooke Griffin, 20, is raising money to attend photogenX Discipleship Training School, a six-month program that combines social justice issues and photography. The program is split into two phases: a three-month lecture in Hawaii and a three-month outreach to an impoverished area of the world.
She is scheduled to leave for Kona, Hawaii, on April 5.
“This has been on my heart for a long time,” Griffin said. “My faith is a huge part of this experience.”
The cost is daunting. The price of tuition, room, board and flights comes to $10,000. But she has stayed optimistic and confident that this experience is meant to be.
“I saw the price and dropped the idea, but I kept feeling a calling,” she said.
As of March 12, Griffin had half the funding to attend the six-month program, including a flight to Kona and a Canon EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR camera. It’s a big deal to her that Griffin has raised $5,000 within a couple of months.
“I believe and am trusting this will happen,” she said.
While searching for Bible schools to attend, Griffin came across Youth With a Mission, an international Christian volunteer group. She looked into the school’s discipleship training programs and discovered photogenX.
Friends, family and members of her church, Cavalry Fellowship in Mountlake Terrace, have donated money for her cause. In addition to working at restaurants and libraries, Griffin has sold bracelets that also help clean-water projects in Central Africa.
She plans to spend the program’s six months developing more of a passion for God and helping give a voice to people who otherwise might go unheard.
“I really hope to become more of who I’m supposed to be in life and become a better version of myself,” she said.
Griffin is equally nervous to be away from her friends and family as she is excited to spread her religion and help tell people’s stories.
“I’m excited to spend that time with God and learn where to go with my life,” she said.
How to help
To donate and learn more about Brooke Griffin’s cause, visit her blogs at: