Heartline Update Number Two

Posted: November 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Admittedly I am not the most objective person to write about the Heartline Maternity Center as I am the co director of Heartline in Haiti.  So let me just get it out there and say that I believe that we have an amazing maternity program, and that the ladies that work in this program passionately believe in it and in providing safe, loving care to the ladies in the program.

The past several days have extremely  been busy at the Maternity Center with the regular programs, and with several births.  Every time there is a birth, I think of what could have been.  Most of the ladies in the program are poor and could never hope to receive the personal prenatal care and support given in the months prior to birth.  The could never hope to have such a personalized birth where they are attended to by a team of committed midwives and helpers.  They could never hope to received six months of child development instruction and support as they come weekly to the Maternity Center. They could never hope to be part of our feeding program during their pregnancy and for six months after birth.

These three babies were born this week at the Heartline Maternity Center in a 24 hour period

It, for some time,  has been our prayer and dream to expand this program that we may embrace and impact more ladies.  Currently there are about 100 ladies in the program and we would like to triple that amount.  Clearly we, at our present location, can’t accommodate such an increase; but we can with our vision of a larger Maternity Center built on land that we own.

How, you may wonder can we triple the size of our program and still provide personal care.  The answer is by tripling the amount of our midwives and helpers to handle the increase.  So instead of having one program of 100 ladies we now will have three groups each of 100 ladies and each cared for by its own team.  So really then three times one still equals one.  So what are we doing to make this happen?

A couple years ago two Australians, Barry and Rebecca McDonald, came into our lives here in Haiti.  They, before coming to Haiti, had experienced the tragedy of having their only child, a boy, delivered still born.  The ache is still there and so is a compassion that can come through such a heart rendering experience.   After spending time around Heartline and seeing first hand the love and care at the Heartline Maternity Center, they prayerfully came to a decision to help Heartline raise the funds for its new maternity center.   A place where women in Haiti can have a safe, clean, loving place to give birth and where they as well can hear about God’s love toward them in the person of Jesus Christ.

When Barry told me what he believed God wold have him do, I was not surprised as God as seen through scripture is quite creative in accomplishing his purposes.  Barry will be running across Haiti, that is 315 miles in 14 days.  He will be running the equivalent of one marathon for 12 days with a total of two days rest.  Not only that but a considerable amount of miles will be on mountain roads.  For those who have been to Haiti it wouldn’t surprise you that Ayiti (land of high mountains) was the indigenous Taíno or Amerindian name for the island.

Barry will start his run on January 11th, 2013 with a support group of several people in vehicles.  He (we) are looking to raise $800,000 to build and furnish the new Heartline Maternity Center.  He isn’t running for personal  gain or for fame.  No, he is running for the women of Haiti.  You can click here to see how you can pray and how you can sponsor Barry as he runs for those that can’t.

Several of us here at  Heartline have pledged $11,210 as a matching grant.  We would love to have this amount come from one source, such as a person or a church or a business, etc.  Please e-mail me at  at <john.mchoul@heartlineministries.org>  if you are interested in joining us in this matching grant challenge.

Your prayers matter, your help matters, you matter.

Thank you for being the hands of Jesus to us in Haiti, so we can then be the hands to Jesus to others.

You are making a difference!

John McHoul

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  1. Becky says:

    My bible study group and I have a team assembled to run a 5K in January. We are all so excited to join with Barry to raise funds for the maternity center. The work you all are doing matters and we are so happy to be able to team with you here in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s to running in the cold and rain for the beautiful women and children of Haiti! http://rebekahswritings.blogspot.com/2012/11/running-for-haiti.html

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