My wife Kim and I (as well as our staff) have worked hard for years to develop our business, Solutions from Science. We wanted to provide products and information that would enable people to live independently, that would give them the ability to not only survive, but prosper, no matter what the political or economic landscape looked like. Several of the projects we have initiated have succeeded, but we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that to the degree we have had any success at all is due to one thing… The blessings and grace of a loving God.
And with any degree of success comes much responsibility. While we believe that God encourages us to take pleasure in the fruits of our labor, we also know that this blessing is not for us alone to enjoy. He does not give so that we “fill up barns.” As Christians, we believe that with each blessing bestowed upon us, we are expected, in turn, to bless others.
Often it’s hard to know where to give of our time and money. Too many organizations that have the “name branding” are so top-heavy in administrative costs and outlays that nearly none of the donations they receive actually go to help the people they’re soliciting funds for. Donating to these organizations is a poor stewardship of the assets God has given us and we just can’t do it.
We decided we wanted to give to the smaller charities and ministries, those who work through volunteers, so that a major portion of the donations made actually get to where they’re needed. There are so many deserving organizations and obviously it’s impossible to support all of them. However, we have found one that has impressed us, not only with what they’re accomplishing throughout the world, but with their insistence that 100% of donated funds go to the designated recipient. We’re talking about…
Heart Of God International Ministries
By networking ministries with like passion and mission, Heart of God International Ministries (HGIM) was formed to fulfill the Lord’s commission to every believer…
- To “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15);
- To build the Kingdom of God through evangelization, discipleship, training, teaching, mentoring, leading, and sowing;
- To be a demonstration of God’s love, mercy, and compassion to all nations, people groups, languages, and beliefs;
- To offer humanitarian relief and assistance to all people regardless of race, nationality, religious preference, age, or gender;
- To encourage unity in the Body of Christ, breaking down denominational barriers so the emphasis on our corporate commission of being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ will effectively communicate the Gospel; and
- To enable the precious and sacred gifts bestowed on mankind through faith in Christ so the full benefit of God-given talents can be utilized for the expansion and strengthening of His kingdom on earth.
Heart of God International Ministries is the “parent” organization under which Heart of God Africa, Heart of God Haiti, Heart of God India, Heart of God Israel, Soldiers Bible Ministry, and various electronic and printed media outreaches operate. These include JournEzine (HGIM’s online magazine), Today’s Devotion (a free, daily devotional), and Palal Partners (the prayer team for Heart of God International Ministries).
In addition to preaching the gospel and providing Bibles and other printed study materials to men and women in all branches of the military, Heart of God International Ministries operates schools or orphanages (or both) in each of the overseas outreaches—impacting the lives of people in a phenomenal way. They understand that without helping to meet the physical needs of a people, their talk of spiritual matters is empty and without substance. And while each of their outreaches is worthy of consideration, because of recent events, our focus has been drawn to Heart of God Haiti.
Forty children out of two hundred died that fateful day in Port Au Prince when the school house collapsed on top of them. Everyone else sustained injuries to one extent or another. For days they lived with minimal-to-no water or food. Their Haitian ministry leader found himself ministering to over 5,000 injured and traumatized people while suffering from his own wounds and exhaustion. One week later, they moved 300 people to a new location, closer to the border of the Dominican Republic. They named this location “Camp Victory” and began setting up tents and supplies as the items became available.
The efforts to begin rebuilding were hampered, however, by the total destruction of the infrastructure of Haiti. For so long, there was no power and no water supply. Rebuilding and permanent housing required electricity at the very least. To that end we spoke with Heart of God International and offered them our solar generators at our cost. We sent one generator to Haiti which proved to be not only life-sustaining but also life-saving, as it provided the only means of electricity to power a water filter. This powered water filter provided clean water to the children at the orphanage, as well as the entire neighborhood, where not one person died of the devastating cholera epidemic in 2011. The generator also enabled communication in regard to critical information concerning needs and plans to rebuild with the home base here in the States. Without the generator, it is likely many more lives would have been lost and orphaned children would have been left on the streets to die, join gangs, or become victims of child trafficking.
The entire operation has since been moved to the mountains in Kenscoff, where 34 children are being cared for and fed through the efforts of Heart of God Haiti solely through donor funding. The rebuilding process has not been easy, but with a US missionary on the ground overseeing the daily operations, spiritual growth, and financial integrity of the orphanage, we are happy to continue supporting this worthwhile endeavor.
Here at Solutions from Science we would like to offer our customers who are looking for a way to help with the Haiti relief efforts an opportunity to donate to this cause. We are also providing a link to the Heart of God International Ministries Haiti website, where your donations will go for the purchase of food, sorely needed building repairs, and medical supplies. Again, Heart of God is a 100% volunteer organization, and ALL donations go to the intended recipients. No administrative costs are held out of these funds. (They have other fundraisers to pay for the administrative costs of the organization.)
If you’ve been wondering what you can do to help, but are hesitant to give to an organization that would use all your money for staff salaries, buildings, office maintenance, etc., then here’s your opportunity. From all of us here at Solutions from Science and from Heart of God International Ministries, we thank you for your generosity of spirit and kindness of heart.
May God richly bless you,
Bill and Kim Heid