The Heartline Outreach and Discipleship ministry was established in response to the direction of Jesus in Matthew 25:35-40 to feed the hungry, clothe the stranger, and visit the sick and imprisoned as prioritized ways of ministering in the name of Jesus.
The team ministers with lonely prisoners, children with disabilities, children living in extreme material poverty, and aging Haitians. Outreach ministry includes sharing bread baked at the Heartline bakery, evangelism, worship and prayer, and developing personal relationships to communicate love and the dignity of each person.
Through word and deed, the Heartline team lavishes love on each beloved child and adult made in the image of God, communicating that they are not forgotten or worthless, but have unsurpassable worth to God.
The Heartline Outreach and Discipleship team ministers with approximately 200 children living in extreme material poverty every Sunday afternoon. Kid’s Club includes a meal, worship, a message from the Bible, and play! Many of the children do not attend school and have families unable to provide for their basic needs. They look forward to Kid’s Club each week for the food, loving relationships, singing, and opportunity to hear about God’s love.
There is a conspicuous need for prison outreach ministry in Port au Prince. Haiti’s penal system is the most congested of any country in the world, with a formidable 454% occupancy level. Most incarcerated Haitians have not been convicted of a crime, but are imprisoned during lengthy pretrial detention, frequently for many years. Due to severe overcrowding and malnutrition-related illnesses and other preventable diseases, many Haitians die in prison while waiting to see a judge.
The Heartline Outreach and Discipleship team is grateful to minister at three different prisons for juvenile boys, men and women each week. Delivering bread to share with both prisoners and prison guards opens the door to sharing the Gospel with physically and spiritually hungry prisoners through worship, prayer, teaching, and mentoring.
Children with disabilities in Haiti are acutely vulnerable. Families often face stigma and ridicule as a result of having a child with disabilities due to the widespread belief that disability is a curse from evil spirits. Parents frequently relinquish children with disabilities to orphanages or hide them away at home, excluding them from participating in school and other community life. Set against the backdrop of widespread material poverty, children with disabilities face tremendous hardship, misunderstanding, and failure to thrive.
The Heartline Outreach and Discipleship team is grateful to minister with Mephibosheth House that cares for children with developmental disabilities. Every week, the Heartline team delivers bread and other food, and spends several hours worshiping, praying, and playing with the children.
The Heartline Bakery provides jobs and vocational training to previously unemployed men. Utilizing over 500 pounds of flour daily to make delicious bread and pizza, the Heartline Bakery is open six days a week, selling baked goods to the wider community and supplying bread for all of Heartline’s Outreach and Discipleship ministries.