As I knew pursuing missions was going to be a journey, I wasn't necessarily prepared for this.
After redirection from the Lord, He has made it apparent that my next step is to return to La Vega this coming school year. I have been offered the opportunity to teach dance during regular school hours and offer it as an elective at LVCS. In addition, I will be pursuing other opportunities for dance ministry such as doing dance therapy at New Hope Girls, teaching dance in Haitian Schools, and potentially offering classes at the Bridge location across from the university. My two focuses will be dance ministry and outreach with University students/the community. My focus for the outreach, will be to help start up a coffee house ministry and use my passion and talents for coffee as a way to create a welcoming and safe environment for students to study, be caffeniated, and hopefully have some gospel-centered conversations. I am overwhelmed that all of my passions and dreams I’ve had tucked away in my heart is actually achievable in this field. It is honestly beyond comprehension as it has been a struggle to get to the place I’m at now. Dreams stolen, put on hold, painful pruning and growth occuring, and redirection. Let me just say that although things have been aligned in such a supernatural way here, it threw me for a huge loop and was like a slap in the face when God redirected me here over Haiti. I was not happy with what He was doing in my heart, but knew I had to press in and remind myself that I am commited to the calling, not just a specific place. But the Lord is so good to me and ever so faithful. There is a big Haitian community here and working under the Martinezes gives me the opportunity to still work with the Haitians that are living here as refugees or immigrants. There is still a resistance between the Haitians and the Dominicans, and if you know me at all… you know that breaking down racial barriers and bringing unity is something I strive for in my life and is who I am. How fitting is it that the Lord would make a way for me to continue to do that and in such an uncomfortable way. I believe in justice, but I also believe in reconciliation and true beautiful unity.
I don’t know what the future holds, maybe I will find myself in Haiti one of these days. But man, the way the Lord’s hand has been in even the smallest of details is so sweet. Living for the Lord with reckless abandon has such a sweet aroma to it, as your daily reliance on Him draws you deeper into the secret places.
All I know is, I am going to continue to step into bravery and make this next transition, confident that the Lord will guide what is next.
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