I will admit that I have been procrastinating in writing this post about our second Caroline Project donation, and for the longest time I couldn’t even tell you WHY I was procrastinating. Then, last night, it hit me: What do I know about Haiti? I mean really…? I’ve never been there. I haven’t even spent much of my life actually considering what goes on there. Aside from the news coverage I’ve seen highlighting weather events; I have not really considered it at all. And now I’m supposed to write about this cool organization that exist there? Like I actually know something about it? No. I claim right now that I don’t know. Not really. But that’s the point of The Caroline Project, I think- that we would start considering things we haven’t considered before. People, places…all of it. That we would just be more aware.
While it’s true that I cannot speak into the daily life for a person in Haiti, I can speak into why we were drawn to Heartline Ministries as our second organization. I first read about what Heartline is doing on Jen Hatmaker’s blog post about adoption ethics. My brief overview of the blog post is that though there are many, many organizations that provide safe, ethical adoption services, there are also some that don’t. And though there are many, many times when adoption IS the answer, overall, there are EVEN more times when it may not be: these being times when families can and should be kept together. Please read Jen’s blog post because she is brilliant and her outlook made me consider, just like it always does.
I read this particular blog post a couple of months ago when we were “weighing all our options”. In considering adoption…I was trying to reconcile how, though adoption is so wonderful and Biblical, and beautiful, and purposeful…what if it isn’t the right choice for us. Because, and please, please give me grace here, I will propose that often adoption is presented as the next logical choice for someone in our shoes, and though we are not writing it off for the future, at this time our hearts tell us it is not what we are to do. The concept of working to keep families together was kind of new realization to me. And I thought “I can’t have any more babies. But what if I can help women who CAN?” I have to tell you: even as I write that sentence, I cry. Because I want to have my own babies. But I can’t. So what CAN I do? I can help others…who are able to do what I cannot. And though that is so painful, I know that it is right.
Heartline Ministries has a Maternity Center that, taken directly from their website, “is a place where expectant mothers can find education, safe and sanitary conditions and respect for them and their babies. (They) have two full-time midwives on staff who love these women and are committed to giving them loving and honoring care before, during and after their labor experience.” Oh you guys…do you see? This is exactly what I had when I was pregnant with Jonah- education, safe and sanitary conditions, respect… Why did I have this? Because I was live in Minnesota, and I have a good health plan. And really, for no other reason than that. And I am convinced that every single woman DESERVES to have that.
Once I dug into what Heartline Ministries is, I was surprised to see all that they do for the people of Haiti, not just soon to be mothers. Seriously, you guys. I want you to go to their website because I cannot even describe in words all that you will find there. I was told by one of the missionaries who works there that they have many different branches, including a maternity center, a sewing school, a cooking school, jewelry making, and literacy training. Look at all of these. Ultimately, what Heartline Ministries is doing is providing people with a way to provide for their families and in doing so, Heartline is giving people dignity. And don’t we ALL need that??
If a person wanted to support Heartline financially, they could do so in many ways, including, but not limited to:
- Giving to the general fund
- Giving to a specific missionary that works in one of the variety of branches
- Buying a purse or piece of jewelry (http://www.haitiancreations.com/#2)
Please consider giving to this organization and the people who are putting foot to pavement to make change in a country that really needs change. Go to their website: http://www.heartlineministries.org/. I think you will be inspired to see all that they offer.