The first three months is lecture phase and then in April we will be going on outreach. So far in our classes we have covered: spiritual warfare, God's heart toward us as a Father, laying down our rights in order to be used for His Kingdom, worship, intercession, hearing God's voice, and going back to the “roots” of our wounds to find healing. All of that in just 6 weeks!
Since the first week God has been speaking and showing me new revelations of who I am in Him. He is constantly opening my eyes and taking down the false perceptions I have placed on Him, so that I can come to see the heart of who He truly is. It has been a walk of revelation and of brokenness, as he shows me the wounds I have let sit in my heart and now, ever so gently, He begins to clean them out and stitch them up. Cleaning a wound is never fun, both physically and spiritually, but in the end the healing is totally worth the pain. I am so grateful that God loves me enough to take me through this process of healing and freedom. He loves me enough to not let me stay the way I am, but to help me grow to be more like Him.
Not only have I been on spiritual adventures with God, but also on some adventures around Haiti! For the “laying down our rights” week, the DTS had to pack a backpack and we literally went out the gate of the base and spent the whole day walking to and up a mountain. Now let me just remind you, this is not one of those nice backpacking trails in the Rocky Mountains or one you might take in Yosemite Park. Nope, this is Haiti where there is no real “backpacking” trails with the simple, gradual inclined switchbacks that we all appreciate so much; rather we walked the main road that goes straight up the mountain. I think all the Haitians, and sometimes myself, thought we were crazy for hiking up that mountain. All the Haitians that saw us kept asking, “where is your car??” - Believe me if I had one I would use it! But in all honesty, it was a huge challenge that I am so proud to say we conquered!
To add to the dynamic of the week, we were not allowed to bring any electronics (sorry no pictures) or watches – we weren't even allowed to know what time it was. We had to figure out how to do many things on our own when it came to cooking, going to the market and setting up camp. It was all focussed on us giving up our rights to live and do things our certain way – a challenging but valuable lesson in surrender. On a side note, they made each of us kill a chicken! A real, live chicken that I personally bought in the market and then had the not so pleasurable experience of cutting off its head. Lets just say I pray I never have to do that again!
The next week we all went up to Cap Haitian which is where one of the Haitian kings used to live. We went and saw the palace and we also got to see the Citadel which is a huge fortress built at the top of a mountain. The Citadel was built after the Haitians had already attained their independence from France and King Christof wanted to build a fortress of protection in case the French ever tried to take back Haiti. The Citadel is literally on top of a mountain, but luckily we got to ride miniature horses to the top. It was so amazing to see and hear more of Haiti's history, and to gain more understanding of why Haitians are the way they are. Part of the DTS outreach time will also be in different parts of Haiti and I'm really excited to see what other adventures and learning experiences God has in store.
My husband, Philipson, has been a busy guy as well. The primary reason we have come to this YWAM base is to receive training and to be equipped to start our YWAM base in Haiti in the future. Philipson is working directly under the national director, Terry Snow, as he learns the ins-and-outs of running a base. Currently he has been working in the Outreach department learning about what is needed for teams and ministry outside of a base. In just the past 6 weeks Philipson has already led 5 teams. With those teams they did a food and clothes distribution to more than 230 families, built a 5 bedroom house in one of the poorest villages in 4 days, have done prayer walks and evangelism around the city, had a Crusade in one of the outside villages, repainted buildings on the base. This past week he has a new project to strategize and implement a new system for the general maintenance, grounds maintenance and transportation departments on the base. This project has been an awesome exercise for him as he figures out what would be the best system for this base but also is gaining ideas and plans for how to run our future base. God's plans are so perfect and it is a blessing to know that He is giving us the tools we'll need to accomplish His purposes.
We would like to ask you to continue to hold us up in prayer. For Philipson, please pray that God would give him wisdom, favor and strength as he continues to work in outreach and with teams doing ministry. And that he would continue to be in tune and open to what God has to show and teach him. For me, that God would continue to bring revelation and teach me what He wants me to learn in this next season of DTS. I praise God and am so grateful that He already supplied $4,000 for my DTS! We are still believing that He would continue to show His faithfulness in providing the remaining $500. We are also praying and believing for God to provide $2,000 for Philipson to be able to join me during my DTS outreach. The outreach phase is 2 months of traveling around Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which would be a long time to be without my husband. We trust God and know that He is a big God who loves His children.
If you would like to help support financially, you can donate online at our Paypal account here or you can mail checks to:
Youth With A Mission Haiti PO Box 236 Akron, PA 17501
NOTE: Please make all checks payable to YWAM Haiti and include a separate note designating that you are donating to Philipson and Kelsea Georges.
Philipson and I have no doubt that this is where God wants us to be for this season. God is teaching and equipping us for the future and He is making it quite the adventure along the way! We are thankful and excited to have you join us in this adventure too! We are so grateful for all your prayers, love, support and encouragement. Know that you truly do make a difference in our lives and in Haiti.