Thursday, December 09, 2010

You're Invited

Haiti has often been described as an adrenaline junkie.  Things rarely settle down here. Earthquakes.  Hurricanes.  Riots.  Cholera.  Haiti seems to be hit by one catastrophe after another.

And yet twice a week I make the hour long drive to Heartline and get to experience hope, beauty, and healing in the midst of the turmoil that oftentimes holds this country tightly in its cruel hands.

Twice a week I drive through a country that looks forsaken.  Hopeless.  Buildings lie in piles along the road.  So little has been done to get Haiti back on her feet.  I drive through trash, poverty, and sadness and arrive at Heartline...walk in the door and I'm immediately reminded that we serve a God who trades beauty for ashes.  He is forever making all things new.  The Creator God is constantly and relentlessly at work in this country.  He has not forsaken this island.  He is here.

I see redemption in the women's program at Heartline where pregnant women are cared for, loved, taught life-changing information, discipled, and nourished every week.  




They are given a safe birthing experience with gifted midwives who know, love, and respect each lady.  Most  of the women in the program would have none of those things if Heartline was not in Haiti.



We see God at work breaking generational sin and ignorance as women bring their children to Heartline to learn how to be better mothers, to love their children, to protect them, and bond with them.  The babies in Heartline's program receive free medical care.  Women are taught that they have value in a society that tells them they don't.  We pray God is redeeming their ideas of motherhood and giving them hope for how they can impact the future of their country through the nursing baby at their breast.  We tell them the truth about how powerful they are in the lives of their children.



Heartline empowers women with truth.  We encourage them to be messengers of hope in their own communities as they take back all the information they learn from us and declare it among their neighbors.


We see lives being rescued and changed through the sewing program where women learn a skill, learn to read, and are given the tools they need to be able to support their family and break free from poverty's tight grip.  The cycle of hopelessness is being broken.  Chains loosened.  Captives set free.

The work that God is doing through Heartline is astoundingly redemptive.  Every week it is an honor to have a front row seat to so much beauty and grace.  Every week I wonder why I have been given this gift...to be this close...to be a part of something so revolutionary and life changing. 

It's with excitement that we get to see God begin something new at Heartline.  We want to invite you to pull up a chair...to squeeze in tight and catch a glimpse of what we're dreaming.  We want to share this vision with you and encourage you to jump in with us.  To get involved.  To take these next steps with us.

If your heart has been stirred by Haiti, and you've found yourself wondering how you can tangibly give, pray, and get involved, maybe God is going to graciously include you in what is on the horizon in Haiti through Heartline.




Stay tuned to hear what we're dreaming, hoping, and praying for these teen moms and their babies.  For now, we invite you to fall in love with their faces and to begin asking God how He wants to use you as He redeems these young mothers and their children.

57 comments:

Stephanie said...

I've been wondering how Franshwa, Ellizay, and Elli are doing? I've had them on my heart so much and I do hope and pray they are doing well. When you have a chance, please update!!

the herzogs said...

can't wait to hear more!! and i love seeing the faces of these women and their precious babies. they are all beautiful...

Hendrick Family said...

I know! I need to update about Franshwa and the babies. They are doing so great. We took pics this week at Heartline of their new weights. Mom and babies are thriving!

Heather

kfsullivan said...

beautiful pictures!

Jana said...

Thanks for the updates! Keep them coming because we have so many moms in our community praying for Heartline. On a side note: the pic with the yellow umbrella looks like it came out of some trendy baby magazine. Beautiful!!!

Marci said...

All those mommies and babies look so healthy and happy! I love the mommy with the yellow umbrella... what beauty! And thank you for updating us about Franshwa... I think of her often!

Anonymous said...

Dena here, saying YES to your invite! Can't wait to hear the details. We've got a pretty good stack of cereal boxes going. Hope to get some more soon from our neighbors before we send them.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

"as he REDEEMS"...

I'm on the edge o' my seat.

Bye.

Sarah said...

I threw a Haitian Creations purse party this past Sunday. It was a huge blessing TO ME to get to be a part of this ministry in a small way. Can't wait to hear what y'all are up to next! Praying!

Question: You've probably answered this in a previous post, but I must have missed it. Where is Heartline? I always just assumed it was in PAP, but you said you drive an hour to get there...

Hendrick Family said...

Sarah...

Thanks for having a party! Yay!

Heartline is located in PAP. What's funny is it's only about 6 miles from where I live and yet there are days when it takes an hour and a half to get home. It usually takes one hour to get there. That's what a corrupt government gets you...crappy streets and infrastructure.

Ridiculous.

Heather

Haley said...

Those women and their babies are so precious and beautiful! The Lord is definitely using them to stir my heart.

puremotherhood said...

Heather - What kind of donations can Heartline use beyond dollars? Could we send new or used baby carriers (like Ring Slings or Becos)? Cloth diapers? Handheld breast pumps? Anything? Thanks, Christy @ pureMotherhood

Hendrick Family said...

Christy...

Yes. We're about to give lots of ways to tangibly help. It's really exciting.

Stay tuned!

Heather

We Are Family said...

The pictures speak volumes!

TulipGirl said...

I love all these pics of mommies and babies!

Zoanna said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the yellow umbrella lady wearing her baby .Such a sunny, happy photo. The last shot is amazing, too.

Looking forward to hearing more.

Sarah D said...

"Astoundingly redemptive". Yes! That is Heartline in a nutshell. Gorgeous picture of DJenny & Kenny. Love your heart for Heartline! :)

Stephanie said...

Cannot WAIT to see what you have in mind - your Heartline posts are my favorite and I love what you (and God) are doing in Haiti!

Megan said...

Me....scrolling, scrolling, scrolling...she's about to tell us how we can be involved...scrolling, scrolling......

AH- CLIFF HANGER!

Can't wait to hear how we can help.

Heather- God is performing miracles through you! Thanks for recording it in a beautiful way through this blog.

traceyjay said...

Heather -- I don't know if you've heard yet, but for now, we quilting bloggers are "adopting" Heartline's ministry.

If you're curious -- you can go look here... people are getting excited to help though! :)

http://quilthopein.blogspot.com/

pinecone304 said...

It is wonderful to hear how God is working in Haiti through you.

Anonymous said...

hi
May God bless u for all ur efforts. You have inspired me.. ur actions just re-iterate the concept that it can be done.Each one of us can help... no matter how far and distant we are from the calamity.

The girl who painted trees said...

Heartline sounds like a wonderful support system for women in Haiti. I will keep Heartline and these women and babies in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I followed a link from montessoriprintshop.com From far away in Australia, you are doing a truly amazing job, inspirational......

Bob & Judy said...

Mommas loving their babies. It's a holy thing.

Stephani said...

I was invited to view your blog by Montessori Print Shop. I find your work inspiring. May you be blessed in return for the blessing you are to others.

Anonymous said...

Many blessings for the work you have done.I run similar programs and hope to learn from your experiences.
Heard about your program from Montessori Print Shop.
Best wishes for the Holidays and all the best for the years to come.

ladle24 said...

I have read lots of parts of your blog, and your other sites, and I want to cry. I have to get my 3 boys out the door in an hour, so I may try to contact you later. I am sure you have been told by many how many lives you have touched.

Jenn N said...

Ok, now I am spending a lot of time reading all your posts on your blog. Thank you for being there and doing the great work you are doing. It is amazing! I will continue to read and look forward to supporting your projects.

The Sunshine Crew said...

Heard about your blog through Montessori Print Shop. Read through your post and am amazed at all of the good that Heartline is doing. We are praying for e people of Haiti and are doing our part here for them. Have signed to follow your blog, as I will want to follow up and see how the women and children are doing. God bless!
Colleen

Anonymous said...

Hearther,
You and your family's courage to leave your life as you knew it to be a blessing to moms and babies. Your love and guidance will make such a long term effect in these lives.

I will be waiting to hear how we can help. My girls and I will be getting the sewing machine humming.
God Bless you and your family

viviane said...

Dear Heather
love and prayers from my side of the world gambia not much different than haiti, may god bless you and your family for your effort to help .
viviane

Becky said...

Love that God is creating beauty from ashes in Haiti and that you are having the privilege to glimpse His handiwork. Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I honestly would not have known about Heartline or the brave and amazing Hendrick family if not for Montessori Print Shop, which directed me here.... I am in complete awe of your courage and of the work that is being accomplished at Heartline - powerful work of love that truly can and will radiate out into the masses! Wow! You've given me a place to focus thoughts & prayers regarding concern for Haiti & its people....

~ Heidi

melwahjudi said...

Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story and pics of the beautiful babies! Blessings to you and your organization!

us said...

I was invited to view your blog by Montessori Print Shop. I admire all your family and your work.

Megan said...

Thank you for sharing your life and your work ... how blessed we all are by your efforts. You all are in our prayers ....

Zonnah said...

Keep up the good work and thank you!

Katie said...

I heard about your blog from Montessori Print Shop. I was in Haiti in 2000 with Compassion International. I pray often for Haiti and I'm excited to read more about what God is doing through you there.

adrian said...

Here from montessoriprintshop.com.
God always provides!

Anonymous said...

God Bless you for all the work you in are doing in Haiti! Thanks for the updates!

Cheryl said...

Many blessings to you and those you serve. Montessori Print shop directed me to your blog and now I've bookmarked it. We have 2 adoptive children from PAP, came to us as 2 yr old and 9 mth old, now 18 and 16 years. Praying for continued progress and success in your ministry!
Cheryl Weatherhead

Rebecca Wolf said...

Wow, Heartline is so inspiring! Moms and babies are so precious and am so glad to hear that Heartline is there to give them the support they need.

Thank you for sharing your time and your experiences so freely!

Catherine said...

The photos of the smiling women with their children are so inspiring. It seems like most of the world has forgotten Haiti. Thank you for being there and for all your work.

Leann @ MontessoriTidbits said...

What a wonderful blog. Thanks for inspiring me.

bovinekitti said...

It is heartwarming to see the wonderful work you are doing for others. You are great role models. Your first-hand help is something that not everyone can do; yet we all can play a role in our own capacities. Your work is appreciated on many levels.

Anonymous said...

I discovered your ministry through Montessori print shop. What a remarkable thing you are doing!

Airamty said...

I was invited to read your post by Montessori Print Shop and it;s amazing the job that Heartline and your family are doing for my husband's country. We know all the difficulties they are having and it feels so great to know about truly programs which get to the people whom really needs them.

Leptir said...

I followed a link from montessoriprintshop.com
I'm from Croatia, so far far away from your country. I think you are doing amazing job, so keep up the good work.

Hugs and kisses to you and all the beautiful mothers you care about :-)

GLAM said...

What a wonderful ministry! I met the McHoul's when they first came to Haiti. Your pictures are GREAT! So appreciate the ministry you are doing there. May God supply not only needs but reach into your desires.

Murphy said...

What a wonderful ministry! I met the McHoul's when they first came to Haiti. Your pictures are GREAT! So appreciate the ministry you are doing there. May God supply not only needs but reach into your desires.

Susy said...

Found this through Montessori Print Shop. What a beautiful thing to break destructive cycles. This reminds me of the saying, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat all his life." I wonder - where are the midwives trained? Are some women trained as part of the program? Keep up the good work!

Tan Mui Lin said...

Hi,

I found out about your blog from Montessori Print Shop. Keep up the great work

Michele said...

I also found you through Montessori Print Shop. Keep up the great work. All babies deserve a healthy start in life.

Tot Play: A Learning Journey said...

I followed a link to your blog from Montessori Print Shop. Beautiful photography and insight about a GREAT organization. I have NEVER heard of Heartline and am glad that I checked it out. I plan to do more research on this organization. Thank you for the information you provide and I will be praying for you, your family, and the organization. You are definitely making a difference in their lives!!! I bookmarked your blog on my computer and look forward to hearing how else I can help.
Thank you,
Tracey M. at Tot Play

Olives and Pickles said...

I followed a link from montessoriprintshop.com. You are doing "something" to change the world! thumbs up!

Kim and Kame said...

I also followed a lop ink from Montessori Print Shoo. Very inspiration blog.