A few months ago I received a message on my Vimeo account from a man named Jeff Arnold (vimeo.com/jeffarnold) (jafilm.com), who is a filmmaker for Compassion International.
He and his team were planning to visit a few areas in Indonesia to shoot a documentary film, and they've set their sights on Jakarta as one of their destination.
Jeff initially wanted to just meet up with me to get to know each other, but I volunteered myself to assist Jeff on his Indonesian trips. He agreed.
As soon as I was able to free up my schedule, I rendezvoused with the team in Jogjakarta, and we continued on to Solo and Salatiga. I wished I could've gone further with them, but I had other shooting engagements waiting in Jakarta.
The days with Jeff and his team, Chuck and Tony, became one of the most valuable experience I've had in my life. It was incredible to listen to stories of the children who were helped by Compassion International, traversing places outside of my comfort zone, listening to life testimonies of Jeff, Chuck and Tony, working as an assistant - carrying Jeff's heavy bags full of shooting gear.
I believe this experience was not a random coincidence and that there's a bigger purpose behind all this.
That one week had completely changed my life, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity.
(English translations for this description by Kenny Goh)