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The Heartline Ministries blog, written by director John McHoul, is always a interesting source of information about not only Heartlines' ministries, but also what life is like in Haiti. Heseder Jennifer points out this recent posting, which proves no exception.

John describes how what should be an easy task—paying tuition for a few students at an elementary school—turned difficult and dangerous:

He told me that he had paid the school and then he spent two hours hiding behind buildings because the Haitian police and the UN were in a gun battle with some of the gang members. Finally he was able to navigate his way out of the slum, where he then was held at gunpoint (big guns) by the police, who suspecting him of being a gang member, told him, not in a gentle way, to lie on the ground. He, instead, lifted his hands and told them that he was there to pay a school bill, that he was not a gang member and that he didn’t have a gun.“John McHoul, “How Hard Can It Be? (Trying to pay a school for our sponsorship students)

We are so thankful to Heartline for the work they do in Haiti.

“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness”, “mercy”, “loyalty”, “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself”, active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?