At the beginning of the month Philipson and I celebrate our one year marriage anniversary. I cannot believe how fast one year went by, but it definitely has been the best year of my life! I could not have asked for a better husband, better marriage or better best friend than Philipson Georges! We decided to celebrate by going for a night at a hotel on the beach. When we arrived at the hotel the lady at the reception had a gentleman take me to see the different types of rooms (Philipson stayed back in the lobby with the luggage). I asked the gentleman a question and he responded, “I’m not sure, I’m just the chef of the Kitchen.” Perfect! I quickly told him it was our 1 year anniversary and asked if he could put something special together for us. He said of course and he told me to keep it a surprise for Philipson. WOW in a matter of 2 minutes I already had a surprise up my sleeve!
We went to dinner and when we arrived they had set up a special reserved table for us. As we ate dinner Philipson had no idea what was going happen next. All of a sudden the lights went off and from the back corner came out the chef with a cake and candles on it. It wasn’t until they were right in front of our table did Philipson realize it was for us! The cake said Happy Anniversary on it too. It was the best surprise ever!
We had a wonderful time at the hotel, just relaxing by the ocean and also enjoying the air conditioning of our room. Philipson surprised me with a wonderful gift and a beautiful card – I could not be blessed with a more romantic husband. Our 1st year anniversary was definitely a time to remember!
To top off our anniversary week, Philipson and I went and spent the next week in our favorite town Montrouis. Justice Water, the group that Philipson had worked with for 2 years before we came here to YWAM St. Marc, invited us to be a part of a training session on how to build latrines. We spent the week at an orphanage building the children a new, clean latrine for them to use. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it!
In addition to getting to spend time with our friends at Justice Water, there was special guest named Sean Murphy. Sean had lead a Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2011 and Philipson was the co-leader. Philipson highly respects Sean and loves learning from him. Sean is one of Philipson’s best friends, and I finally got to meet him! We had such a great time and even had Sean come spend a few nights at our apartment. It was wonderfully to have him in Haiti and maybe someday soon we can visit him in Hawaii.
After our time with Justice Water we headed into a whole new swing of things as we prepared for our first Dance Camp ever to be done at the St. Marc base. The dance camp includes 30 youth ages 13-18 years old that came and stayed on the base for 10 days. They had dance classes, choreography classes, Bible study, class time and of course a lot of fun! The theme of the camp was “Royalty” and the focus was to help each of the youth come to see themselves as Princes and Princesses of the Great King!
I personally was involved by being a group leader of 6 girls: Chacagna, Charentine, Georges Marnie, Eline, Slande and Belmeda. Our team name was “La Fleur du Royaume” which means “The flower of the Kingdom.” I had the pleasure of leading a Bible study with the girls every morning as we studied the book of 1 Samuel. It was a special time of the girls seeing their value, learning about God’s voice and knowing that with a big God nothing can prevent them from accomplishing great things!
I also had the pleasure of being invited to speak to the youth about being the Royalty that God created us to be. I shared with them how they are created as Princes and Princesses of the great King. As a child of the King you are given access and intimacy with the King and you are a reflection of who he is to others. I shared what it looks like to live as a Prince and a Princess as one who is valued, honored, respected and loved. I really enjoyed speaking to them and also having my wonderful husband translate for me. My hope is that they will begin to live, walk and talk as the Prince and Princess they truly are.
We also had a group come in from Washington that teaches on how God has originally designed us to be. They taught on many of the deep roots of fear, self-hatred, curses and rejection. They walked all of the youth through a time of breaking off all these chains and now choosing to walk in freedom with Christ. It was an amazing and powerful time to see the youth of Haiti breaking off all the lies, curses, negativity and fear that has been spoken over them for so long and now walking in victory!
The team also took time throughout the week to pray over each of the youth and ask God to show them how He had originally designed each of them. They wrote them down and then Philipson and I translated all of them so that the youth could always have the truth of who they are. Then the team had each of the youth take the papers and write down “I am” statements that declared the original design that God had for them. After they wrote the statements down, each got up and read it out loud to the entire group. It was a very significant and powerful time and I felt it was huge act of spiritual warfare as these youth declared out loud who God has created them to be. Not only were they free from the lies but now they were also declaring the truth! May the youth of Haiti continue to rise up in truth and victory!
The last 2 days of the camp we took all the youth on outreach around the city. They did their dances, shared testimonies and prayed for those who came to watch. I was so impressed to see how bold they all were in praying for others, leading them to Christ and bringing healing. They took the transformation they encountered at the camp and were now sharing it with everyone on the street. These youth are motivated to follow God with all their hearts and to share boldly the love and power of the Almighty King.
Having the opportunity to spend 10 days investing in the lives of my precious girls and the rest of the youth was priceless. All of them encountered God in a whole new way and were completely transformed during the camp. God showed up in mighty ways and He moved in their hearts like I’ve never seen before in the youth of Haiti. I know God is going to use each one of them to be a huge transforming impact on Haiti and the rest of the world! I can’t wait for God to do more!
Philipson and I feel so honored and blessed to experience and be a part of the ways that God is moving in Haiti. Seeing God transform people’s hearts is the sweetest moments of our lives. We want to say thank you to everyone who supports us in prayer and financially. Because of you we are able to continue to work for God’s Kingdom and see the people of Haiti be transformed. Thank you so much!
If you would like to partner with us financially you can go to our Donate page above or click here to give online. Philipson and I are currently trying to raise a total of $750 a month to cover all our monthly expenses. Please keep us in your prayers and let us know how we can be praying for you too! God is Good and Mighty to be Praised!
Philipson and Kelsea
P.S. More Pictures of the Dance Camp below!