Straight from the HEART brings you stories and accomplishments about the work of H.E.A.R.T., Health Education for Africa Resource Team.
These stories tell of mothers, children, and communities that have been transformed by this ministry over the past 20 years. For Vickie and her team of HEART staff members, volunteers, and supporters, it is only because of God's unlimited provision of strength, resources, and favor that so much good has been accomplished in the lives of Kenyan people. As Vickie often remarks, "God is our CEO and I am just the executive director!"
Hosted by Vickie Winkler, the founder and Executive Director of Africa HEART Ministries and HEART's Partner Relations Specialist Jerry Kitchel.
Vickie has long embraced the guiding wisdom of Hosea 4:6. 'My people perish for lack of knowledge'. It was this scriptural truth that fueled her desire to launch a focused and strategic program aimed at meeting the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of HIV positive mothers. "If we can work to restore a mother's health and empower her with strong faith, valuable knowledge, and revenue-producing skills, then we can also work to keep her children in school and on a trajectory that will enable the next generation to flourish as well."
Great Ministry Thrives with Great Team Players
This episode features special guests: Dr. Russ and Pam Tweet, as well as Barbara and Dennis Luther. These two couples share inspiring stories and perspectives based on many trips to Kenya with HEART, and many years of involvement and personal support.
If you want to find out more about the benefits of volunteering and traveling with a HEART team to Kenya, or perhaps to learn more about why supporting this ministry is truly making a difference and so greatly respected, then you don’t want to miss this episode.
A Youthful View…HEART Through the Eyes of Interns
In this episode of Straight from the HEART, program co-host, Jerry Kitchel, discusses HEART’s ministry, as experienced by four 2021 interns.
Recorded at HEART Lodge, via Zoom, their valuable perspective brings fresh insight, youthful inspiration, and loving stories based on their in-country travels, personal visits, and work-related projects.
If you’ve traveled to Kenya and know the work of HEART, you are sure to identify with Ashley Randolph, Chloe, and Jackson Powell, and Lily Penazola as they share highlights of their life-changing visit and never-to-be-forgotten memories.
Listeners who have considered making a HEART trip to Kenya will find this enjoyable discussion a rich source of fuel to stoke one’s interest and desire.
Whether you’re a supporter, volunteer, intern, future traveler, or someone who simply wants to learn more about HEART and serving on the frontlines, then you---for sure—need to take a listen!
HEART in the Midst of Unprecedented Times with Pastor Phil
For over 20 years, Vickie Winkler has served HEART as its Founder and Executive Director. In 2020, she strongly felt God’s leading to begin a process of transition to find her replacement in 2021.
In this podcast, Vickie invites Pastor Phil Sparling, who serves as both HEART’s U.S. Board Chairman and Vickie’s personal pastor from Auburn, CA. Sparling was invited by Vickie to visit Kenya and spend time with the Kenyan staff to help them prepare and navigate through a huge change that will take HEART from a founder-lead ministry to a board-lead ministry.
Sparling’s topic, “HEART Ministry in the Midst of Unprecedented Times,” is a conversation that includes many personal reflections, as well as clips from Pastor Phil’s transition training workshop at HEART Lodge in Nairobi in April 2021. In his experience with previous boards, Sparling has helped provide leadership to various ministry transitions over the years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and sees transition significantly influenced by dynamics of individual commitment to Leadership, Mission, and Benefits, or some variation of all three. Good listening with lots of wisdom to impart!
Vickie Winkler and Jerry Kitchel talk to people who get things done!
It is not uncommon to look at huge challenges and wonder how you can make a difference.
For Patricia Werner and her husband, Steve, the thought of adolescent girls missing out on an education in Kenya because of a monthly cycle was too hard to bear. That’s when Patricia decided to do something about it by asking friends and family—and just about anyone who would listen-- to contribute to an amazing, life-changing cause. Patricia says a year’s supply of sanitary napkins for a school-age girl costs about as much as a special beverage at Starbucks!
In this fascinating interview, you’ll meet this special couple who have become widely known as “yes people,” a label they proudly wear. It’s a label they’ve earned because they find it nearly impossible to tell anyone in need “no.”
This podcast with Vickie Winkler, Jerry Kitchel, and the Werners is sure to inspire and perhaps even stretch your capacity to serve others with Christ-like compassion.
Vickie Winkler talks with Dr. Ellen Bowman about distributing thousands of sanitary pads for grade school girls in Kenya.
Vickie and Jerry talk to Dr. Ellen Bowman. Dr. Ellen and her husband Dr. Dave Bowman have been partners with HEART since 2009. Their daughter Katie also served at HEART so this became a Bowman family relationship!
That involvement began when Dr. Ellen Bowman was serving as Senior Executive with Proctor and Gamble and in need of a project partner in Kenya. She was looking for a partner with an established distribution system with high accountability for the distribution of Always pads valued at $212,000. HEART’s Freedom for Girls project allocated these to grade schoolgirls throughout Kenya.
Dr. Ellen was introduced to Vickie Winkler, HEART’s Executive Director, and Founder, by Warren Buckingham, PEPFAR Director at US Embassy in Kenya. When Dr. Ellen saw what HEART was doing, an amazing partnership began that celebrates today's many accomplishments made possible by innovation, resources, training, and long-term commitment.
Listen in as Dr. Bowman and Vickie talk about their close friendship and shared victories that have impacted WEEP mothers, as well as their children and communities for generations to come.
HEART celebrates 20-Years!
This year marks the 20th anniversary of H.E.A.R.T. The year began with exciting plans for a spring banquet that would involve guests from Kenya and many friends from throughout California and across the United States.
But COVID-19 brought those plans to a screeching halt. In this episode of Straight from the HEART, listeners will hear highlights from HEART’s first-ever Virtual Celebration that took place in September 2020. The event was hosted by HEART U.S. Board Member, Lauri Harris and HEART Ambassador, Ken Christie.
Vickie was back in Kenya when this podcast was produced. Shortly after her arrival, the following text arrived: “It feels wonderful to be home again! I am always so grateful for God’s blessings and His favor upon HEART. Thank you for your prayers.”