Where’s Heartline

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

If you were to come to Haiti and look for Heartline you would have to go to several locations and be sure that you bring water and your sun screen

You can find us on a street in the city of Tabarre in a pretty big house where we have:

  • The sewing school
  • The sewing center where the Haitian Creation purses are made.
  • The beading school
  • The beading center where the beautiful jewelery is being made.
  • The literacy classes
  • The craft making classes
  • The Heartline gift shop
  • The office which is often a beehive of activity.

Now let’s leave that street and walk one street over and there you will find:

  • The newly opened Harbor House (teen mom house) where you will find our teen moms and children.  This is a  place where these moms and their children can live without fretting about their next meal or if they will be safe.  We are working toward a two year program where these moms will learn how to be good moms, learn life skills, and of course our prayer is that they will develop a vibrant relationship with God.
  • The sistas (100 plus hens which give fresh eggs daily)
  • The tilapia which the ladies in the maternity program eat when they come for their classes.
  • The rooftop garden.

Now let’s leave that house and walk a couple hundred feet to another house, the Maternity Center, where you will find:

  • The prenatal classes
  • The post natal classes
  • Bible studies
  • Ladies coming for check ups, vitamins, and information
  • Ladies giving birth in a beautiful, clean, birthing room.

Since we have been walking, let’s walk about 10 more minutes to the beautiful Heartline Guest House where you will find:

  • A beautiful, secure, peaceful guest house that can accommodate about 32 guests.
  • A gift shop where you can buy authentic hand made Haitian crafts, and, of course, purses and jewelry made by the Heartline ladies.

Now it is time to get in your car and let’s head to Cite Soleil, Haiti’s infamous slum. There you will find Heartline:

  • In our Student Sponsorship Program where we sponsor 50 children to go to school.  We had been in Cite Soleil dozens of times with our big truck to bring earthquake victims to our field hospital and couldn’t help but notice the children.  They seem to be everywhere and a small percentage of them are able to attend school, simply because their families can’t afford to send them.  We talked about it and prayed and decided that we must do our part and so we began our first student sponsorship program with 50 students.  We pay for their tuition, uniforms, books and materials, and two meals a day while at school. This program as been a real success and these children now have a reason to get up in the morning and their families do not have to be ashamed because they can’t afford to send their children to school.  We very much would like to add to the number of students we send to school for the 2011/2012 school year as this program is making a difference in the lives of children and families.
  • Walking in the narrow corridors with some of the gang guys visiting people that we have gotten to know over the past year.  At one point a couple of years ago Cite Soleil was where kidnappers would take their victims to hide them while a ransom was being negotiated.  Walking the narrow corridors with shacks pressing in on both side, it is easy to understand how the kidnapped victims could be hidden away even with the police looking for them.
  • In a room in a small second story house with the gang guys talking about how we can help the community.

Now let’s travel north for several miles and you will find Heartline developing its new property. We are in the process of putting down a cement pad on which we will place a 20′ by 60′ prefab building that has been donated to us.

  • Our plan is to build a larger maternity center, a larger sewing/literacy/beading center, a conference center, a place for a men’s program, housing for our missionaries.

Let’s leave there and drive on the road which is called National One.  There we turn off in Bon Repos and head toward Goat Mountain.  But before we get to the mountain we turn off and enter a place called Corail where we are buying plots of land and building houses for some who lost their homes in the earthquake.   We this past week bought a plot of land of almost 10 thousand square feet on which we are looking to put 4-5 little 12′ by 24′ houses for families who are now living in tent/tarp cities.

And of course you will find helpers and supporters of Heartline throughout the States and Canada.  Without their prayers, support, and love you wouldn’t find Heartline in Haiti touching lives and making a difference.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT WHICH ENABLES US TO BE THE HANDS OF JESUS IN HAITI

 

John McHoul


 

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Comments
  1. Kathy T says:

    It really is amazing, isn’t it? From a children’s home to all this, with God going before you, knowing the plans He has had for Haitii and for your ministry.

  2. johnmchoul says:

    It is truly amazing!

  3. Gail O says:

    Wow, that’s so cool to see a summary of all the ways Heartline is acting as God’s hands and feet in Haiti! I have been reading your blog for over a year and I have been amazed at all the work God is doing through your ministry.

  4. Terri Urban says:

    So when do we get to see and buy the fabulous Heartline jewelry that you all were just getting started on when I was there visiting a few months ago? It’s great stuff!

    Terri Urban

  5. Amy Rogers says:

    Thank you for this great insightful post. It helps a person that has never been to Haiti put your organization into perspective!

    ~Amy in WI

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