Deidra Riggs
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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. Deidra,
    My daughter has served as a missionary in Haiti and speaks of many of the same things that your post does today. Becoming a mother is a difficult enough transition in a developed country let alone in a country as poor as Haiti. I will be sure to check out the Heartline website. Thanks for having a heart for these mothers in need of love and grace!

  2. I am so delighted to read this because I have been a long time follower of the Livesay’s and Heartline. After the devastating 2010 earthquake there, I was listening to and watching all the coverage and through it all, Troy Livesay became a clear, compelling, accurate voice reporting the conditions & needs of Haiti in crisis. I then found their blog and Heartline. I have prayed for many of their ladies by name! Tara is incredible in writing about her journey, not only as a midwife & missionary, but as a mother, wife and woman. She is very. very. real. Thank you to (in)courage for linking up with them!

  3. As much as I’ve heard about Haiti from my ViBella friends, I hadn’t spent much time thinking about this process. What a delight to know loving people are reaching out and loving these women! Thanks for all you do!

  4. Hi Tara! I was honored to attend a few births as a trainee at the Brooklyn Birhting Center in NYC. In my short time in the program I’ve come to recognize it as sacred, holy work. I imagine the care and loving support you provide the women you serve is similar yet profound in a way I can only imagine. Every woman remembers her birth story. And the women who hold her hand…remember it too. Here’s to more sweet memories.

  5. What an awesome blessing you are providing for these young ladies. The love and support that they would probably never know God is using this ministry to reach so many people.

  6. Love the Livesay’s blog and Haiti! Can’t wait to have my feet on that soil again! Maybe we’ll end up on the same flight with HON!!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing their story with us. I will say a prayer for all mothers there.

  8. More thoughts than I can process here-
    Thank you for giving me a fresh look at poverty and mothering and the roles we should play- to just be with.
    Love that.

  9. Deidra,

    Thank you for opening our eyes to more good being done by dedicated Christians. God bless you all for the hard work you put in and for a great and interesting story.

    It truly is hard to imagine poverty like that. Not even able to have a doctor, hospital, nurse, etc. when delivering your baby. It seems like worlds away and yet it is so close.

    I will pray for Livesay and their work. May God greatly empower you all in the work you do!

    Blessings 🙂