After a few months here, we have been reflecting a lot on what has been happening at the guesthouse, all the people we’ve met, and all the wonderful things God is doing through Heartline. The guesthouse is a unique ministry in that we are not out directly “in the fields” going to orphanages, building houses, digging wells… But we have been affirmed time and time again from different guests how important the guesthouse is for the people who are here doing those things. After a long day of hard work, physically and emotionally, giving all that they can, groups can come back here to be refreshed, get a good meal, shower, and rest. We talk through their days, try to help them process things and answer their questions, and tend to any other needs that they have.
For those of you who don’t know, besides providing a “sanctuary” for guests to come home to, the other purpose of the guesthouse is to help support Heartline’s other ministry sites. Heartline has a maternity center where women can come to get education, medical care, and deliver their babies. We also have a sewing center where women learn how to make purses and jewelry, learning a skill and supporting themselves. We have also opened a cooking school and literacy program this year. It has taken off and we will soon need to expand our facility to accommodate all that is happening there. Also, Heartline is starting a men’s discipleship program, and opening a bakery that the men will run. It is so encouraging to know that our ministry at the guesthouse is helping fund all of these tremendous programs that are changing the lives of many Haitians.
We are humbled and tremendously thankful for all of you who have been praying for us and supporting us financially. God has showed us his provision and care for even our littlest needs time and time again. Thank you for following our journey through the blog, and for all of your comments and encouraging words! That really keeps us going during the hard times.
We have a request for those of you who are with us on this journey, but may not be supporting us financially. In order for us to be here, we need to raise our own funds for things such as health insurance, travel costs, a portion of our house payment back in the States, general living expenses, and even retirement. The amount needed is about $1,500 per month, and currently we have about 1/3 of that amount coming in regular donations. Though Haiti is a third world country, it’s actually about 25% more expensive to live here than in the U.S.
Due to the fact that God called us so quickly to come to Haiti, we really did not have much time to raise funds before coming. We are asking you to pray about either making a one-time donation to our ministry here, or becoming a regular monthly supporter. It is our hope that after the few months we’ve been here, you can see that God is here and working in the lives of the Haitians! Your support will make it possible for us to stay here and continue our ministry in the guesthouse. You can easily give through our secure website, and become a one-time or regular supporter. We thank you in advance for your part in this ministry! Please email us if you have any questions ([email protected]).