Thoughts at 2:30 in the Morning

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Uncategorized
It is about 2:30 in the morning.  The dogs woke me up with their barking, although I wasn’t really all that asleep as I have been thinking about some stuff.

The questions asked by visitors do not vary all that much, and usually I don’t seem to know the answers and so I say, “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure” quite a bit.

Typical questions are:

Who owns the animals (chickens, cows, pigs, and goats) that are roaming around?

Why are there so many unfinished buildings?

What do people do for work?

How hot does it get here?

When is the rainy season?

What time is it here?

Why is there trash everywhere?

How come I don’t see a lot of cats?

Is the water safe to drink?

Who’s the president of Haiti?

Do Haitian like Americans?

Does it cost to ride in a taptap?

How much?

Have you had malaria?

What is it like to have malaria?

How much do you pay your workers?

How long did it take for you to learn Creole?

Do you need a license to drive here?

Is there a lot of voodoo here?

How close is the Dominican Republic?

Have you ever been there?

Do you miss the States?

Why can’t everyone have electricity all the time?

How much does Maguire, our largest mastiff, weigh?

How do you get children for the orphanage?

What do you do if you’re sick?

How much does gas cost?

Why didn’t you tell me that the dish that looked like coleslaw was really hot peppers?

Is this Haitian coffee?

What does sugar cane taste like?

Where are all the people going, who are walking?



There, of course, are no simple answers as to what men do here.  Some men work in factories, or various businesses such as import/export or in retail stores.  Some men walk the streets selling what they carry on their heads or in their hands.  Some work as drivers. They work as teachers, laborers, and a myriad of other jobs. In the village areas men work gardens. 

And yet there does seem to be men standing or sitting around “all over the place” with nothing to do.  Yes, it does seem that there are a lot of men hanging around doing nothing. 

We at Heartline facilitate adoptions, we have a thriving women’s program, and a growing thriving church.  We yearly host a six week English Camp or a Nanny School for other orphanages.  We do clinics and host seminars and are moving toward ministering in an inner city area.  But we do not yet have a defined men’s ministry that will help men learn biblical principles of honesty and integrity.  We do not yet have a program where we can provide job training where men can learn a skill to provide for themselves and for their families.  We do not yet (like the women’s program) have job opportunities where men can work and feel a sense of fulfillment.  But we will!

We for months have been praying about this and looking to God for His direction.  Don and Lisa Buxman from Colorado will be joining Heartline within the next couple of months.  Lisa, a midwife, will work with Beth and Don will among other things help establish the men’s program.  What does that mean?  We’re not sure.  What will we do?  Don’t know. What vocational skills will we teach the men?  Don’t know.  Will we have jobs for them?  Hope so.

If I sound a tad uncertain, that is because I am.  Oh, we can do the show business stuff like teaching welding, plumbing, electrical stuff.  These are good things but there are a gazillion such guys who have learned these skills and who are hanging around because there are already a gazillion guys who can do this stuff.

My initial thoughts are to begin with a group of 12 men and to mentor them, teaching them biblical principles from which they can draw to help them live productively.   It isn’t enough to just teach such principles.  They need a place, a vocation where they can put what they are learning into action.

I am not just sitting around waiting for something to happen.  No, I am sitting and praying and looking to God for His direction.  The need is great and He has the answer.  PLEASE pray with us as we look to God for His will and direction in making a difference in the lives of men here in Haiti.

It is now 3:27 AM; the dogs that were barking are now snoring and asleep next to me.  While typing I heard some faint chirping and looked into the egg incubator where I have 10 eggs and saw that the little ones are starting to work their way out of the eggs.   

I will now try to go to sleep as 5:00 AM my waking time is only about 90 minutes away.

John McHoul

  1. Sherri says:

    Would a feeding program work in the inner city area?

  2. John says:

    Sherri,I know that you say this as one who a couple of times has been fortunate to escape without serious bodily damage as people have pressed in for what you are giving.You know how it is; God is amazing and quite creative, so we as yet do not know what we will do, but it will be interesting. We are open to all things at this point.

  3. Sherri says:

    We have often toyed with the idea of establishing a feeding program, just not sure or "where", "when" or "how".

  4. Sherri says:

    I forgot to add, you are right, God is creative and amazing, so we will just see what he has in mind!

  5. John says:

    It done well and with wisdom could be a tremendous blessing.

  6. Sherri says:

    You have the wisdom, we have the hands and feet……… keep praying! 🙂

  7. John says:

    I am reading: WHEN CHARITY DESTROYS DIGNITY – Overcoming Unhealthy Dependency in the Christian MovementI\’ll get back to ya after I finish the book

  8. Sherri says:

    Sounds interesting!

  9. Dirk says:

    Yea I think I asked you everyone of those questions. Sorry, but you just was so calm to answer each and everyone of them! How do you put up with us from the states! Take care and keep letting God lead you! Mary from IndianaMary from Indiana

  10. John says:

    I still don\’t know where all the people are going, and how hot it gets, and how much Maguire weighs, but I do have an idea why there are not that many cats around.

  11. Sherri says:

    That is a gross and stomach churning thought!

  12. John says:

    Well it\’s certainly not the cat\’s meow, although it used to be.

  13. Sherri says:

    Sick humor!

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