Your Story Matters

Your Story Matters

From Jon Stegenga

Back in July, I quit my job and took a leap of faith into a world very unknown to me - the world of self-employment. God led away from my job and towards sharing the stories of others. This campaign is to fuel that mo...

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Update #4

6 months ago

GUYS WE HAVE PASSED THE 25% MARK!!!
Thank you all for supporting me and launching me into the next stage of storytelling! Your donations are fueling a movement that is bigger then any of us. You are giving value to people and letting them experience love. I may be the one that will have the face to face interactions with these people and physically be the one to tell their stories but only because of you!
THANK YOU!!!
Now we reach for the 50% mark!

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Story Time! Back in July I quit my job and devoted my energies towards telling people’s stories. I jumped into these endeavors having very little direction and a lot of faith. Over the past 9 months, God has provided opportunities for me to pursue this calling in amazing ways. I have traveled to Charlottesville to document the KKK & Nazi intrusion. From passionate, talented artists to genuine, struggling individuals fighting homelessness, I have been able to share the stories of friends in my own community. I just returned from Puerto Rico where I was able to capture scenes of disaster relief work, shed light on the culture’s needs, and celebrate the Puerto Rican people. Moving forward, I am looking into several opportunities to share the stories of the marginalized including work with refugees overseas, projects with the local homeless community, and an opportunity to film a short documentary about 4 local DACA recipients who are going back to Puerto Rico.Everything I do with my work is towards the goal to humanize the dehumanized. To shed light on hard issues, provoke conversation, and to bring hope to those who feel forgotten. By contributing, these are the goals you are joining me towards accomplishing. Your contributions help me give voice to the voiceless

WHY? Most of the work I do to give voice to the marginalized is self-funded. After my personal camera bit the dust in November (RIP), God has provided cameras in amazing ways through strangers and friends, this campaign is to provide funds for gear, trips, and training. 

 WHAT? My urgent need at the moment is funds for a new camera. Also important at this time is first responders training. I’ve included other items so you can see some of the vision I have moving forward.(*) Priorities

  • A Canon 5D Mark iv or Sony a7iii*
  • Street Medic & First Aid/ First Responders Training* (I want to be able to be more than a story teller when in high risk areas and situations)
  • Canon C 200 or a secondary camera for video
  • Crane 2 (stabilizer) 
  • DJI Mavic Air (drone)
  • Business Branding
  • Trip Funds (working with Refugees, immigrants, dehumanized people groups, non-profits, and missionaries) 

Read more fully about this calling and why I do what I do HERE

See some of my work HERE

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Jon Stegenga posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #5

GUYS WE HAVE PASSED THE 25% MARK!!!
Thank you all for supporting me and launching me into the next stage of storytelling! Your donations are fueling a movement that is bigger then any of us. You are giving value to people and letting them experience love. I may be the one that will have the face to face interactions with these people and physically be the one to tell their stories but only because of you!
THANK YOU!!!
Now we reach for the 50% mark!

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Jon Stegenga posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #3

We have hit the 10% mark!! Doesn't sound like much but is such a exciting thing, So Good! As we continue this campaign help spread the word. Fax it, Tweet it, sail mail (whatever that is) so humbled by you all that have joined and for those yet to join! THANK YOU

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Jon Stegenga posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #2

Hey everyone!

We made it to the $500 mark guys!!! So greatful for you all. Humbled by your generosity and support of this calling on my life. We still have a long way to go. Next milestone is $1000. We can do this! I'd ask if you can help spread the word by sharing this page with friends and families. Together we will reach the goal! https://fundly.com/your-story-matters
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Jon Stegenga posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #1

Thanks for the Support. its been an encouraging morning of texts, messages, and donations. Excited to partner with many of you as we continue this work!

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