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Haiti Dance Ministry

$1,060 of $1,400 goal

Raised by 23 people in 13 months
My favorite quote is, "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet."
— Frederick Buechner

For me, this has come to mean using dance, the gift that God has given me, as my ministry tool in Haiti. In September, I will head to Haiti to serve with Northwest Haiti Chrisitan Mission for six months. My ministry focus during this time will be to use dance as my avenue to share the love of Christ with individuals in the community of Mole St. Nicolas! 

The missionaries at the Mole campus of NWHCM have been tremendously generous and have given me a space that I will be able to transform into a dance studio on the mission's campus! My hope is to replicate what the dance studio has always been for me - a place where I am safe, loved, and where I pour energy into something that brings me great joy - for individuals in the community! This dance studio will be used as the practice space for two dance groups that are already organized and have been meeting for weekly practices! Additionally, my hope is to invite young girls as well as adult women for classes in the dance studio, where they can feel beautiful and explore the strength and potential of the bodies that God has given them! My ultimate hope in all of this is to build community, bring joy, and extend the love that Christ has showered onto me. 

The purpose for my fundraising is to kickstart this program and supply the studio space with the materials for it to feel somewhat like a dance studio. Some of the items that I will be hoping to purchase are mirrors for the walls, speakers, portable ballet barres, water bottles, uniforms for the performance groups, fans, funding for food, and some decorative items for the practice space!

God is continuing to teach me that I can do NONE of this on my own, so this is me inviting YOU to support this dance ministry prayerfully and/or financially. Thanks for reading this:) Updates to come!!
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As many of you know, I am now home from my 6-month internship in Haiti. During my time serving in Mole St. Nicolas, I got to be a part of the development of a thriving dance ministry within the community. As a result of many generous financial donations, I was able to create a dance studio space that is now the "home away from home" for many Haitian children and teens. Every afternoon, the dance studio is filled with sweaty bodies, loud music, laughter, and conversation, as youth from the community come for their dance class and engage in learning and creating new dances. Without a doubt, dance has brought beauty and joy into the community and I believe that this ministry is too important to end, simply because I have left.

Towards the end of my internship, my focus shifted to equipping individuals to lead in my absence. I was able to identify strong leaders within the Our Generation dance group and I am excited that three of these dancers are moving into the role of "dance studio teacher". They will continue to provide classes for children in the community, as well as provide leadership within their own dance group. I am now looking to fundraise again, in order to support this ministry going forward. I am hoping to raise enough money to 1) fund the salaries of these three studio teachers, 2) buy performance t-shirts for our two auditioned dance groups for this year, and 3) raise money to allow the Our Generation dance group to travel within Haiti for a performance outside of their own community. My hope is to raise $800. I am excited to see how this ministry continues to flourish! Thank you for reading this and I appreciate your consideration.
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