Westborough men complete mission in Haiti



(l to r) Art Sharkey with Jacob and Mike Lawler with Leina. (Photo/submitted)
(l to r) Art Sharkey with Jacob and Mike Lawler with Leina. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Mike Lawler and Art Sharkey visited Haiti earlier this month for their third trip together to work with John and Beth McHoul who lead Heartline Ministries in Port au Prince.  They carried 200 pounds of donations from the generosity of their church, the Congregational Church of Westborough.  These items included school notebooks and pens to be distributed to school children along with other school items at the start of the next school year.

The men had the opportunity to visit with the children they and their families sponsor through paying for their education since Haiti does not have a public education system.  Mike’s student is Leina, who is 9 years old and in 3rd grade. Art’s student is Jacob who is 5 years old and in kindergarten.  They were also able to visit several other schools, a youth prison, and attend a Sunday church service with several choirs performing.

Lawler and Sharkey used public transportation which included “tap-taps” (pickup trucks) and “motos” (motorcycles) while traveling in Haiti.  The men also spent time staining ceilings and walls at the Heartline offices.  Heartline employs 65 Haitians in their maternity center, women’s education center, men’s fellowship program, bakery, and guest house (“heartlineministries.org”).

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