LEAVING A LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP AND
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matt 28:19
Thank you and thank you again for investing in Eglise Evangelique Baptiste de la Vigne in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In the above picture is Pastor Joel St Amour, Associate Pastor Daniel Telfort and Youth Pastor Wilnes. Associate Pastor Daniel has written to me and thankfully expressed his gratitude for what the Lord has done this past year in this vibrant church. As of July 10, 39 people gave their hearts to the Lord as the Word of God was preached. 20 people were baptized this summer and 22 brought their letter of affiliation to Vine Church bringing the total for this year 42 new members. What a great time of rejoicing as many begin a new life in Christ. Associate Pastor Daniel reports that the Youth are very active in sharing the Gospel and are a significant reason for growth in the church.
It is a blessing to all of us to see that Haiti is a country touched by the hand of God. 35 years ago, LeRoy and Evelyn Dick stepped into their adventure of being ministers to Haiti by establishing a Literacy Program with Christian World Outreach. Later they developed a school of ministry, Hope Academy, which has trained many for ministry as Pastors and Primary Health Care workers. LeRoy’s special project was gardening. Many learned the benefits and skills for growing their own food.
Since 1989 the Dicks and local Pastor Joel St Amour planted a church in Port-au-Prince. This small beginning grew into the church it is today. Over 300 now have community, encouragement, and teaching of the Gospel for their growing families. Even after LeRoy graduated to his heavenly home, Evelyn continued on with the work God clearly established. Vine Church and you our supporters built a church building that has withstood the Earthquake of 2012 and recently the heavy winds and rain of hurricane Matthew. There was no damage to the church and no member of Vine Church was hurt. Although, some members had family in the South Western part of Haiti that was devastated by the hurricane. Vine Church has joined together to help these victims.
Thank you for generously remembering Vine Church through these exciting years. It is to God’s glory that these godly men and women are using their talents for the body of Christ on earth. The tireless labor of LeRoy and Evelyn Dick has produced good fruit and will continue on in future generations.
We are excited to report to all of you that Pastor St Amour’s wife, Marie, has successfully completed a heart transplant and is in full recovery. She is now home and working through physical therapy. Please continue to pray specifically for Marie and Pastor Joel in the days and months ahead.
Associate Pastor Daniel asks for prayer for strength and energy. He works as Chief Translator of the Old Testament Creole Project. This winter he and others are translating 1 & 2 Kings from the original languages into Creole. The New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs are completed and being printed in South Korea. Pastor Daniel teaches regularly at the Seminary (STEP) and will be teaching Prophets I, Intro to Philosophy and Logics. His children are growing and full of energy. Hadassa and Davidson require special care and Junior keeps up with everyone.
November 7 the Vine Ministry Board of Directors will be meeting in Albany, GA to review this last year and to confirm direction for the next. Please keep us in prayer to see and hear from Father God’s perspective the plans laid in front of us.
Black Friday – Cyber Monday – #GivingTuesday
On November 29, 2016 help our brothers, sisters and friends in Vine Church.
#GivingTuesday is celebrated on Tuesday, November 29, following Thanksgiving after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As an act of Thankfulness, please consider including Vine Ministry in your holiday and end-of-year giving.
Some of the needs of Vine Church and Vine Ministry are basic supplies and major equipment for the clinic and the ministry car is in need of major repair. It needs a fly wheel and clutch. Contributions to Vine Ministry will help to meet these needs and more.
QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF VINE MINISTRY
For decades Vine Ministry, Inc. has benefited from the generosity of people who remembered us through generous gifts these many years. Your support is extremely important to us and is greatly appreciated. Here are four ways you might consider including a gift in your plans.
- Ask your heirs to give a gift to us in your memory.
A few good reasons to make use of this unusual charitable planned giving strategy:
- You already have your plans the way you want them and you don’t want to revise your will.
- Your estate will not be able to take advantage of a tax deduction for bequests to charity.
- You trust your heirs to carry out your wishes even if they are not legally required to do so.
If you are leaving most of your assets to your children, grandchildren, a few close friends, etc., you could arrange with one or more of them to donate a small portion of their inheritance to us in your memory. They would get an income tax deduction for the gift when they make it, reducing the cost to them.
- Name our organization as one of the beneficiaries of whatever remains in your IRA or retirement plan.
Most people won’t need all the money in their IRA or other retirement plan. If you leave the remainder to your heirs, there will be income tax to pay, and maybe state or federal estate taxes. If you leave the remainder to us, there will be no taxes due. Changing the beneficiary of an IRA is not difficult to do. Simply request a change of beneficiary form from the company managing the plan and follow the instructions.
- Arrange for the remainder in a savings or stock account to go to our organization.
It is possible to rename a bank savings account in such a way that at your death whatever remains in the account passes automatically to us. While you are living, only you can put money in or take anything out of the account. This is a revocable arrangement, meaning you can always become the sole owner again. It is easy to do. Simply tell the bank officer than you want to rename the account as “(Your name) in trust for Vine Ministry, Inc.”.
The terminology for a stock account future gift is a TDO, or transfer on death account. Speak with your broker and say you want to rename the account in such a way that anything in the account at your death automatically becomes the property of our organization.
- Make our organization a beneficiary of a life insurance policy you already own.
If you have life insurance you have probably named your spouse, children or other relative as the beneficiary. We are not suggesting that you change that, just that you include us as well. We’re happy for whatever you choose to leave us! As with the gift from an IRA, it is a fairly simple matter to request a change of beneficiary form from the insurance company and follow the instructions.
For more information call or email Jim at 574-534-8325, email@example.com
We are eternally grateful for your love, prayers and support,
James Dick 574-534-8325 Jimandjo.firstname.lastname@example.org
Evelyn Dick 229-291-3480 Haitibabemema1@aol.com
Evelyn’s book, Life on the Edge, “34 Years of Ministry in Haiti”, may be ordered by sending $15.00 plus $3.00 to Vine Ministry, PO Box 967, Goshen, IN. 46527
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