No, not me. No, not my 38-weeks-pregnant sister. But some beautiful young (and not-so-young) girls I’ve never even met but have fallen madly in love with.
Some of you may know of Heather Hendrick. She and her husband and their four boys moved from Texas to Haiti last Spring (I think) as missionaries. Heather is this gorgeous person inside and out, and when it comes to writing, this girl flat-out has a GIFT. I can’t remember how I first found her blog, but it took about 1.5 sentences to get me hooked.
So, one of the things Heather does is work with a ministry called Heartline. This crazy-amazing ministry helps girls and women who are pregnant, alone, and scared by educating them about their bodies and pregnancy and breastfeeding and taking care of babies. They feed them meals packed with protein and give them water to keep them hydrated. They do exams and ultrasounds and give them a place to stay and share the love of Jesus. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Amazing. And these young mamas (some of them barely older than Livi) have grabbed my heart and won’t let go. I can’t get them out of my head. I see their faces, I ache for the dismal situations they come from and live in, I rejoice that God has brought them to a place where they and their babies can thrive.
A couple months ago, God gave me an idea. I think I shared it briefly here on the blog. You know how y’all have donated about 500 copies of Expecting to pregnancy centers around the country (and world!)? Well, I know these women in Haiti can’t read (especially not in English), so a book (full of drawings of white babies) wouldn’t do a whole lot of good.
But what if…?
What if WE women here in this online space, we women who CAN read and have the luxury of time and money and safety and access to health care and know Jesus, what if WE could do something for these women and their unborn babies?
What if WE could hold a copy of Expecting in our hands and pray the prayers for a God-breathed womb-baby down in Haiti as he or she develops inside of Mama? What if we could pray for a Haitian girl BY NAME, pray for her THROUGH HER PREGNANCY, and then get to rejoice with her when her baby is born?
I get chills just thinking about it.
I e-mailed Heather with my idea, and she was so gracious, so thankful that there might be some women who would care enough about these women in Haiti to pray for them once a week, or a couple times a week, or every day.
She’s going to get me a list of names of mamas-to-be along with their estimated due dates. Some will be early on in their pregnancies. Most will probably be later on. And you can do however much or little God lays on your heart.
You can choose one name to pray for. You can pray for the whole list. You can pray for a handful. You can pray once a week or more than that.
Here’s a God-thing. Awhile back, the book was discounted to $6 on Amazon, so I bought 6. When I got them, there was a black mark on the bottom of each one (hence the discount). I didn’t want to send a marked-up book to a pregnancy center, so they’ve been sitting on a shelf.
If you’d like one for $6 + $3 shipping, let me know.
(And just so you know, Expecting is no magic book with super-power prayers (obviously). In no way do you need a copy of it to pray for these women. It’s just a guide if you’d like to know what’s going on developmentally with baby each week.)
Please go check out Heather’s blog, look at the pictures of these women, read the stories, marvel at God’s tenderness toward them, and ask him if he wants you to play a part in this incredible story he’s writing in Haiti.
I’m so excited about this I could bust. Who’s with me?