2016 Videographer: Casey Ramirez

Meet Casey Ramirez! He is a senior in high school from Kennedale Texas and will be working as our videographer!
Tell us about your hometown and school.
I was born in Mazatlán, Mexico and moved to Kennedale, Texas when I was four. Kennedale is a small town in-between two huge cities (Dallas and Fort Worth). In Kennedale everybody knows everyone, though I am anxious to get out of Kennedale and move on to other things I can’t help but appreciate the years I have spent in this small town. I am a Senior at Kennedale High school, after graduating in the year of 2017 I hope to attend the University of Texas at Austin where I will pursue a major in Marketing/Advertising and minor in RTF (Radio Television and Film). With my degree and the talent God has given me I hope to pursue a career in Advertising/Marketing, and along the way I hope to help out various non-profits with their media and advertising.
What are your 3 favorite past times?
Though I stay very busy with school and work I find it essential that I carve time out of my day to participate in my favorite pastimes. One of my favorite pastimes includes making film. Whether I’m just capturing a beautiful moment with a just a simple camera, or I’m participating in my schools TV news station in which I serve as the original co-founder and Executive Producer, I find it amazing that with a camera we can capture our favorite moments and play them back for the years to come. I also really enjoy listening to music……… well that’s actually kind of an understatement. The power of music amazes me, how certain songs can take you back to different times of your life and totally change your mood, that is for sure my favorite thing about music. Some of my favorite bands include, Odesza, M83, Kygo, Foster The People and Tycho. Last but definitely my favorite pastime is exploration, not knowing what is to come and adventuring into that is a thrill that is hard to find any where else.
What is your favorite verse or passage of scripture and why?
My favorite Verse is James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Though this world is a beautiful one it is important that we remember that this world is not our home and that we do not get “polluted” by it and we remember that we were placed here to serve a loving God that is far greater than us. Service is something that I believe is very important, looking after those who aren’t as fortunate as us is a fulfilling experience that can help you grow in faith.
 
Tell us about your relationship with God. 
My relationship with God has been a wonderful story. I was raised in a Catholic home, but four years ago I decided to go with my friend to church on a Wednesday night. The devotional and singing of the night amazed me left me hungry for so much more. I kept attending this church, and soon I got my parents to attend as well, after about 6 months we placed membership at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ as a family. Since I have been attending this church I have been growing in my faith, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Over these past four years there have been many ups and downs and moments of doubt, but its the moments of doubt that help grow faith.
Why do you want to work with Wilderness Trek this summer?
The reason why I want to work with Trek is a simple one. Last summer I participated in trek as a camper and LOVED the experience, and I want to do all I can to help this ministry grow so that many more campers can get that same mountain-top experience. Upon this in my future I want to help various non-profits, so where’s a better place to start that then Trek? And last, on a more serious note, over the past couple of months I have been truly asking God where do I need to grow as a Christian to make me a better person, and He has been pointing out a lot of spots in my life that need improvement, I hope that this “quiet” time in the mountains can help me improve on these things.

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