People often ask us who we’re adopting through. It’s Maranatha Children’s Home, under the umbrella of Heartline Ministries. Heartline Ministries is run by John & Beth McHoul, two people that we like a lot. John is the kind of guy you look at and think “this guy is a missionary?!?!” which we LOVE and Beth has the biggest, sweetest heart ever. They’ve been in Haiti for almost 20 years and have developed a wonderful ministry where really loving people is the base line of what they do.
I love the way they’ve set up their children’s home and it was a very big part of our decision to adopt through them. But, they also have an amazing women’s program unlike anything that I’ve ever seen in the country to date. You can read more about what they do on their website.
One aspect of their program that I think is very cool is their sewing school. They take the ladies that have gone through the other parts of their larger program and give them an opportunity to learn some skills that will give them a life where they can support their children. It’s fabulous! Part of what they do is give ladies that have graduated from the sewing school a chance to earn money by sewing purses that get sold to visitors, and now anyone who wants one in the US.
They JUST launched their new website at www.haitiancreations.com. On there you can read a bit more about what the Heartline Women’s program does, and you can learn how you can support it by purchasing a handmade purse.
I really want to encourage you to check this out. I’ve visited the sewing school many times, I’ve seen the ladies hard at work and I’ve held and tried on many a purse. Sheila and Dan Lynch (sewing school directors) have been working hard to get this baby off the ground and it’s working. These women are making a life for themselves that would never have been possible if it wasn’t for Heartline Ministries. Please check out the site, maybe buy a purse, and definitely tell others about it.