Heartline: Moving Forward

Posted: December 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is no question that we at Heartline are simply plodders who are endeavoring to stay close to God so that when He, simply put, is looking for someone to be His hands He doesn’t have to go looking for us.  Now, I know that this is probably not the best theology but I think that you get the point.

I sort of see Heartline as being like the disciples in Matthew 14:13-18 where we see Jesus feeding the 5000 men plus women and children with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  Jesus performed the miracle and they were there and handed out the food but really could take no credit except say that they were there.  So Heartline wants to be there, near God when He chooses to do His wondrous works.  Yet, the credit and honor and glory and praise ALL go to Him.

We are so thankful for those that support Heartline in prayer, in encouragement, in coming and in giving.  Your faithfulness enables us to live in Haiti, where our days and often nights are about endeavoring to be the hands of Jesus to the people of  Haiti.

We through the Maternity Center, Teen Mom House, Women’s Center (sewing, literacy, bead making, craft, and cooking classes) and Haitian Creations where beautiful handmade purses and beads are made and marketed are working to make a difference.

Our goal in 2012 is to start a men’s ministry where we can disciple a small group of men who can in turn disciple others.  This will take place on the property that we purchased last year which we call the Okay.  We as well have several buildings that we would like to put on this property.  Let me tell you about the Okay.

What we call the Okay was once Haiti’s only western theme restaurant which was named the Okay Corral  Bar and Restaurant.  I used to love eating there but Beth didn’t and it seems neither did other people as it just never seemed all that busy.  I used to bring groups there and we would sit outside under a dimly lit bulb when there was electricity and when there wasn’t we would eat by candlelight or really by the shadows created by lighted candles.

The food was cooked in some room that was even darker than where we would eat.  My favorite food were  the ribs, which sometimes had meat but would always have fat.  I liked Eddie the owner and he would often say to me, “John, you should buy this place.” I would laugh and not say much.

Well about two years ago Heartline did buy the property although it now was about three acres instead of about 8 acres.  Eddie, the owner, sold off some of the land since having me as a faithful customer wasn’t enough to keep the restaurant open. It is a beautiful piece of property, especially the front section which has numerous trees.

Look below and you can see the outline of the Okay property.

Our property line extends to  the first line that you see as you follow the property to the back.  The rectangular section is actually owned by someone else and was the last piece sold off by Eddie before we bought our property.  We very much would like to have this back piece which is about two acres and as you can see is already walled in.  This means that the property would already be walled in, which would save us quite a bit of money as we wouldn’t have to put up the wall separating the properties.

One of the things that surprises people is how expensive land is in Haiti.  Now out in the village areas it does not cost near what it costs in the cities or near Port au Prince.  The country of Haiti

is contained in 10, 714 square miles of land mass and is often compared in size to the American State of Maryland.  Yet its population density is quite high at 938 people per square mile.  Compare this to the United States which is 83 people per square mile.  And with Haiti being largely mountainous the population density rises in the low areas and even on the mountain slopes.

So the land that is available is expensive and even though I have lived here for 22 years, I still find it hard to take in how much land costs.

The almost two acres that we would like to purchase which will give Heartline the whole walled in area could cost $170.000 which includes the taxes and legal fees.  Yikes, $170.000!  And yet we believe that this is what God would have us do.

We have plans to move much of what we do to the Okay property but are holding off as we look to God for His provision to purchase the back property.  Our concentration has been on endeavoring to stay close to God and to be faithful to what we has called us to be and to do in Haiti.

But now I believe is the time for us to tell you of this opportunity and to ask you if you would pray and see if God would have you help Heartline.  Honestly, I’m not just looking at the land as much as what will happen on the land.  I am seeing the thousands to whom we will be able to touch with the Good News of Great Joy and to whom we can teach biblical and life skills.  I am seeing the women that will have a safe place to learn and to give birth.  I am seeing men who can be disciples and trained to be men of integrity, to be godly men, fathers, and husbands.

I am excited to see what God will do and how He will provide and as we endeavor to stay close,  and to be faithful in serving Him in Haiti.

Perhaps the Lord would have you be involved as we look to lose sight to gain vision.

John McHoul

  1. Michaela says:

    So exciting to see how God is working in Haiti and through Heartline… praying for you guys daily!

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