Ups and Downs
I've probably written a total of three blog posts and then decided not to post them. It's been a roller coaster of a few months. Let me catch you up.
First, you may have noticed that my URL has changed to cameronasa.co instead of cameronontheroad.com. This is due to the fact that I am no longer "on the road!" I had been praying for a while about having a consistent income. I had done full-time freelance for over a year and it was feast or famine. God answered that prayer in providing a job as Video Producer for an organization in Chattanooga, TN called Precept Ministries International. This required me to stop traveling and stay planted in one spot. This was a huge change and one that definitely had me a bit nervous. God is good though.
I had planned one last crazy road trip with my cousin Zsanae to get me to Chattanooga. That road trip ended up being the trip from Hell. Thorondor died, I got screwed out of $800 by a company called Car-X that said they could fix it and then just damaged my engine in the process. Then I got screwed out of another $700 by U-Haul trying to tow my van to Chattanooga and them renting me the wrong equipment... and then not wanting to refund me anything. That's a much longer story, but I'll leave it at that.
I then mad the move to Chattanooga without a place to live (as I had planned to live in Thorondor) and without a vehicle (as I had planned to drive Thorondor). Thankfully, the Lucarellis were my saving grace. God blessed me with the GREATEST family to welcome me into their home for over a month! Then Zsanae drove my car up to me all the way from Texas!!! What a huge blessing.
After all of this happened, I was on a work trip and all of the ministry's video equipment as well as my personal equipment got stolen out of our rental car. This was a personal setback of around $9K. At this point, I was pretty depressed. I was SO confused as to why I could not catch a break. It was just misfortune after misfortune, a glimpse of hope, and then more misfortune. After over a month of waiting around for insurance companies and investigation of the theft, the organization I work for replaced all of their equipment, AND COVERED MY GEAR REPLACEMENT!!!! Y'all!!!!! This was HUGE!!!!!!! This would have been SUCH an enormous setback for me had I needed to replace it all myself. I am SO thankful for this. I just about passed out when they told me my gear would be covered.
The story of the theft is actually completely insane and like something out of a movie, but that may need to be saved for another time.
So after all of this misfortune, it seems that the Lord has slowly redeemed almost every bit of it. I've also had an absolutely incredible spiritual community through this whole ordeal in the church I've been attending, Sojourn Community Church.
Thank you so much to all of you who have been praying for me. It's been one of the craziest seasons of my life, but things are looking up. I now have a vehicle, a house and a roommate who I have an awesome brotherhood with. This is a season of thanksgiving for deliverance.