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.
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.