My 9 yr old and I are running a half marathon in Salem, OR on January 19, 2014 to raise money for Heartline to send Rebecca to school.
People like Rebecca (http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/2013/11/november-heartline-newsletter.html) come to Heartline for valuable resources that help to break the cycle of poverty for one man, woman, child, or family. Cumulatively, there is hope to support the Haitian people to become all that God has made them to be!
Here is an excerpt from Rebecca's story:
"Rebecca came to our program at the Maternity Center faithfully all throughout her pregnancy. She missed only twice, but both times she let us know she had a counseling appointment and would be absent due to that important prior engagement. We had the honor of helping Rebecca through hours of labor and eventually welcoming a baby boy into the world.
Instantly Rebecca proved that teen-mothers often have the ability to bond, love, and serve their children every bit as well as an older, more mature mother. Rebecca's baby grew fast and became a very sturdy little guy. He looked even larger in his Momma's thin arms.
When Rebecca's son reached six months of age we hugged, talked and said our temporary goodbyes on the day she graduated from the program. Rebecca graduated in January of 2013 and asked about going back to school in the future. We encouraged Rebecca to spend the next six months focusing on parenting her son. We told her that if she would come back after his first birthday in July, we would discuss school for the 2013-2014 school year.
Just as expected, in July Rebecca came to see us. She held her giant one-year-old baby boy on her hip. In October of this year she returned to school. Her mother is caring for her son while she presses on toward the goal of finishing high school. This is no small task in Haiti. The testing process is difficult and the work load heavy. From the first day we met Rebecca, we knew she had a unique spirit, one that would allow her to fight the most difficult battles and not give up. It was clear to us that sending her back to school was the right thing to do."