Carys’ passion for Haiti and its people began in 2010, when her church’s Missions and Outreach Pastor visited a youth group fundraiser and shared powerful images and stories from a recent trip. Between that fundraiser and her first trip to Haiti seven years later, God gave her a love of photography and put a camera in her hands, inviting her to capture and share His glory through images. In 2017, on her first trip to Haiti, that camera became a bridge between Carys and her new friends, fostering connections that crossed cultural and language barriers.
That trip impacted her life in the best possible way, as her ambitions began to give way to God’s calling for her life. After another trip to Haiti with her church and in the midst of planning a third trip, Carys began looking for a way to combine her photography skills and her passion for helping others. A Google search brought up Hands and Feet Project, where she found an application to intern with the organization in Jacmel, Haiti for three months. After being accepted for the summer of 2020 and deferring for a year due to the pandemic, Carys joined Hands and Feet Project as an intern in 2021.
Carys had been interested in long-term missions work before coming to Hands and Feet Project, and the internship confirmed this leading as God continued to heighten her love for the Haitian people. Throughout the course of the summer, as she photographed and filmed on and off campus, she developed a deeper desire to share stories, connect with people, and spread the Gospel through images and videos. Now, Carys is humbled and thrilled to join Hands and Feet Project team as a photographer and videographer on the Jacmel campus. Her only prayer is that God will work and speak through her, and that she can share His love and joy through everything that she does.