Fowler Group 2019 – Day 3…

Before today even began, the lovely Rosie scared Liv by knocking on the door in the night and crouching in a bear crawl position.  It was a great time 🙂

Today began at 8:00AM, breakfast which consisted of some bread, peanut butter, bananas and pineapple. After breakfast we had the opportunity to walk through downtown in the Mole where we ran into quite a few polite locals, one woman in particular who asked us to pray for her health and children. 

Then it was off to Karenage where we met some amazing school children who Caitlyn and Sara led in an epic dance class. We also met some locals who Emma had created really close relationships with over time. Side note – we got to meet her beautiful godbabe and he is precious. Extra shoutout to Kenson and Olmy for being bomb translators. 

After Karenage, we walked back along the beach to campus where we were treated to lunch and left for Jody’s living room for a talk about some of the hard-to-grasp cultural aspects of Haiti. We were all hit really hard with the information we were given and have gained great amounts of knowledge from that experience. 

Next, we headed up to the dance studio where Tia Santi led the orphanage dance camp for the little kiddos. They were FULL of energy and loved every minute of Tia’s choreography. Next, we did the Dames Danse. This is the group of older women in the community that were invited to come together and share the joy of dance. 

We played multiple dance games (including “Americk Says,” a conga line, and a soul train). Shoutout to Americk for translating. During dinner, Liv did a devotional for the group about pushing against things that stop us from speaking out about injustice. Lastly, we met up with the Our Generation competition winners to learn audition material for tomorrow’s audition. They are SO GOOD. Today was a PACKED day. 

I loved that we were able to experience Haiti outside of the campus on our walk to Karenage this morning.  We were able to meet many of the locals and see how they lived their lives in this beautiful country.  One of the most memorable moments of our walk was when we were just about to leave downtown and a local asked us to pray with her.  She asked for prayers for her children and their health as well as for her own.  She said that they were experiencing headaches constantly and it may be from dehydration because if they drink the water without having food/electrolytes in them, they end up throwing up the water.  So if you could keep her and her family, as well as many others, in your prayers that would be amazing.  

I was also able to teach the school kids at Karenage with Sara during their recess time.  This was a challenge for me due to the language barrier, but the whole class just showed even more that dance can connect people as a universal language.  Another event from today that I absolutely loved was learning the audition combo with some of the Our Generation dancers.  They are all so so so talented, and they move so naturally.  Dancing with all of them reminded me why I love to dance.  

I cannot wait to see what the rest of the week holds for all of us in Haiti and to make more memories with all of these amazing people!

~Caitlyn 

P.S. Hey there fam hope y’all are doing well J also thanks for the comment mom hope to see more ❤

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There were two things that stood out to me today above all else. The first was dancing with the school children in Karenage. How could I not be enamored by squealing little ones dancing around and using my body as a jungle gym? I met one little boy named Letony who made his way right to the center of my heart. Maybe helped me realize one of my callings. Still discerning. I’ll get back to you on that. 

The second thing that got to me today was the conversation we all had with Jody about Haiti. We were introduced to some pretty hard topics of sexual assault and voodoo, and were told many stories about the struggles the Castillo family has triumphed through with the help of God. I was inspired, but fragile thereafter. 

I talked to the girls later about how frustrated I am that our time, and therefore impact here is so short-lived. I was reassured upon later reflection that I am supposed to be here, and that this may be something I am made to speak out about—sexual injustice that is. Today left me feeling emptied, filled, and gifted with new passion for all that is to come. I am so thankful for this place, these people, and God among us. Mesi Anpil for all the support you each have been sending us. We feel God’s presence here and hope to spread that joy to the people we meet. 

-Liv 

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The girls (and Rob) loved hearing from you all! Please feel free to leave comments! We will read them at dinner. 

11 comments

  1. Hi everyone this is Kendra and this day sounds like it had great impact. I love the pictures, they are pure Joy! I’m so thankful for the ministry and grateful for the experiences you had. And for the locals you met and especially the one family asking u (and us of course) to pray for them. How amazing God truly is!
    Of course to hannah h.—I love you honey and I’m very grateful u r in Haiti for God!

  2. Caitlyn and Liv—beautiful words! I get teary every time I read about all of the amazing things you are all doing and experiencing! You are all very special! Amazing pictures too! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone! We look so forward to hearing more about your wonderful experiences!
    Love,
    Marianne Walsh

  3. Hi Caitlyn, nice article. It’s a trip you will never forget. Keep giving back, it’s a great reward. Question: is it the custom for the ladies to wear long skirts. I noticed in all the pictures they were wearing long skirts. Grandma Peggy

  4. I think the whole group is going to be exhausted after this eventful week! I love hearing about the impact you are making by sharing your love and talents for dance, as well as being impacted by the love of the Haitian people for dance. Tia, are you presenting a baby blanket as a gift?! 😊 i can’t wait to see the combo you taught to the adorable little kiddos!
    Monica

  5. Wow Caitlyn! What an amazing experience you and your friends are having. You will probably never truly know the depth of the impact you are having on some of the locals, but never doubt you are. Once again, Caitlyn, you have inspired Megan to want to be like you. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  6. Another great day! Thanks for the updates and the photos. (When I was your age and overseas my parents just had to pray and wonder until I got back!) It is so apparent God is working in Haiti through you and all around you. It’s a great day here too – the sun is shining and the snow is melting!!
    Megan – I LOVE the picture of you with the little girl. So PRECIOUS!

  7. You are all such a blessing to this community and its people! May God bless you during your time here and as you take this experience with you. Continue to serve Him!

  8. The Lord’s work is most often done in the ordinary moments: walking through town and praying with a woman, sharing a smile, giving a hug, playing, holding a hand, and listening through an interpreter. May you act on God’s nudges throughout your time there. ❤️
    “Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    Look at that sun, the water, the dances, the smiles and the joy in your eyes! Thank you for sharing each day, ladies! This warms and directs our prayers! This time is like no other! ❤️
    Holly O (Hannah’s mom)

  9. Love seeing and feeling these experiences through your honest words and beautiful pictures. One thing is for sure, there is pure joy and harmony in the smiles in each of these delightful faces. God is blessing you all through this experience. Embrace the questions, frustrations, and difficulties too. The Holy Spirit works through these struggles. Sending you all prayers and hugs.
    Rhonda P (Liv’s mom)

    PS Liv…sending you a kissing hand.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing. I am amazed at all you are experiencing. I am praying for each of you. Love and hugs. Sandy H. 💜💜💜

  11. Thanks so much for the detailed updates…it really paints a wonderful picture of your Haitian experience. Keep spreading the joy and hope to all. It is obvious from the photos that you are all committed to give your very best and learn as much as you can. Please know you are touching the lives of so many in need. We, back home, are with you in spirit. Love and strength to you all.
    Paul Santi

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