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NOVEMBER 2016

Senior Pastor, the associate and the assisant

#GIVING TUESDAY

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.

  1. 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:

  1. You already have your plans the way you want them and you don’t want to revise your will.
  2. Your estate will not be able to take advantage of a tax deduction for bequests to charity.
  3. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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, jimandjo.geo@yahoo.com

We are eternally grateful for your love, prayers and support,

James Dick 574-534-8325 Jimandjo.geo@yahoo.com

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

Or order securely on our website vineministry.org by PayPal or credit card.

All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Vine Ministry.

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OCTOBER 2016

 

What a great experience visiting the Clinic at Vine Church. The staff was working together to provide medical care to the patients who were waiting at the Clinic. Thank you to all who have supported this aspect of Vine Ministry. The Clinic is a small and growing outreach providing healthcare to Vine Church and the surrounding Port-au-Prince area. The day we visited was Eye Clinic Day. All patients who came were seen by an Eye Dr. and, if needed, they were prescribed medicine. The pharmacy is small with only a limited amount of medication. The patient must take the prescription and fill it elsewhere.

IMG_0297IMG_0304(1)October 16 is World Food Day

What a fitting day to introduce an updated ministry. Inflation in Haiti is out of control. Money buys less and less including less and less food. In years past, Madame Joel St Amour took it upon herself to help those in Vine Church in need of food. During that time we supported her efforts with funds. Currently, Madame Joel (Marie) is in Grand Rapids Michigan awaiting a heart transplant.

So, we asked Dr. Mirhioll how we could reinstate this ministry. She recommended the Clinic to assume this ministry to those struggling for food. Vine Ministry has committed to send money monthly to the Clinic to support these efforts. Your donations to Vine Ministry are a part of feeding the hungry.

Report from Camp Alexander Mack

Jessie Kreider, Program Director at Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, Indiana, read Evelyn’s book LIFE ON THE EDGE last spring. She was inspired to share stories about LeRoy and Evelyn’s experiences in Haiti to illustrate the camp theme this summer. The theme was the Courage to Show Up and the story of Abram. She used excerpts from the book to go with this theme. Day 1 was Fearless Faith, Courage in Community. They thanked the campers for them having the courage to follow God’s call to camp for a week this summer and leave the life of comfort behind them. Their goal was to sponsor 3 students. As the last week approached, it did not look like they would make it. But before the week was over, they were over their goal of 3 and soon reached enough to sponsor over 4 ½ students!

These students and Vine Ministry want to thank the campers of Camp Mack for raising $1666.99!

For all who extended a helping hand to our brothers and sisters in Haiti, Thank You.

James Dick 574-534-8325 Jimandjo.geo@yahoo.com

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 postage to Vine Ministry, PO Box 967, Goshen, IN. 46527

Or order securely on our website vineministry.org by PayPal or credit card.

All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Vine Ministry.

Sign up for the e-mail version of our newsletter on our website http://www.vineministry.org and click on “Sign Up For Newsletters”.

Join us in praying more specifically for the needs of Vine Ministry and Haiti through “Prayer Support”. This also is found at vineministry.org by clicking on “Prayer Support

Support Vine Ministry by shopping online at Smile.Amazon.com. Indicate Vine Ministry Inc. as your charity.

SEPTEMBER 2016

I am beyond words as to how to thank each and every one of you for your gracious support of the children at Vine Church in Haiti. Your consistent giving through the years for these children is changing the legacy for THEIR children.

Mr. Santiague was all smiles as he expressed his gratitude for your support. His son, Samuel, will not need our help this year because he has a full scholarship for his final year in medical school. Thanks be to God! We are now able to send Samuel’s younger brother, Kelly, to University this year. This family’s legacy is being changed.

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The impact of having an education in Haiti is greater than we can imagine. Jobs are very hard to find in Haiti. Even if you have an education and training, they can only work if they are able to find work. So when someone does find a job, they are expected to care for their own family as well as some of their nieces and nephews. They do this willingly. When one person can read and write and complete training, many are blessed beyond their immediate family.  Once again, thank you so much!

Vine Ministry’s primary focus is to send children to school grades 1 thru 13 (Haitian schools have 13 grades). Even so, through your support, we are very blessed to be able to send some deserving young people to training beyond the High School level. This year we were able to send 10 students to either University or Vocational School.

Tuesday, August 16th, we began meeting with parents and students. Each student proudly wore their uniforms from the school they attended last year and showed us their report card. Their report card showed they had passed last year’s grade and advanced to the next grade. School should start September 8th; and just like children in the United States, they need time to buy school supplies including books, notebooks, uniforms, etc. before the first day of school.

In three days we registered a total of 150 students. Without your continual care these students would not be attending school this year. Thank you again.

We were only in Haiti for 12 days, but were able to accomplish most of what we had set out to do. Mom was able to reconnect with several friends that she and Dad had over the years in Haiti. This was my first time in Haiti as the CEO of Vine Ministry. I was able to make new connections with several missionaries. Connections with others are critical to working well in this 3rd world country. The missionary community is very willing to offer suggestions and encouragement out of their own experiences.

We were blessed to be able to spend time talking with Dr. Mirhioll Jeremy about the future of the LeRoy Dick Clinic. Three days a week the clinic is open to see patients. The Clinic offers quality care for the patients that are seen. Please pray that equipment can be purchased to broaden the services offered.

On Friday, Pastor Daniel had two weddings to perform. We were able to squeeze time between these to talk with him about our work with Vine Church. One thing we would like to discover is the effectiveness of the student support program. Therefore, I will be gathering a list of students who have graduated over the last 25 years. Pastor Daniel will attempt to contact each one to find out where they are now and what they are doing. The results of this short survey will help us understand how Vine Ministry may better help this growing church.

Our trip went well, except for one unfortunate event, our car’s transmission failed. It is in the shop and will soon be repaired.

In His Name,

 

James Dick                          574-534-8325             Jimandjo.geo@yahoo.com

 

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

Or order securely on our website vineministry.org  by PayPal or credit card.

All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Vine Ministry.

Sign up for the e-mail version of our newsletter on our website http://www.vineministry.org and click on “Sign Up For Newsletters”.

Join us in praying more specifically for the needs of Vine Ministry and Haiti through “Prayer Support”. This also is found at vineministry.org by clicking on “Prayer Support

Support Vine Ministry by shopping online at Smile.Amazon.com. Indicate Vine Ministry Inc. as your charity.

 

AUGUST 2016

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

We are excited to be going to Haiti on August 11. The children are gearing up for another school year with renewed joy. Please let us know that you are supporting a child this year for school.

Your gift of $360 will give one child school for a year. Many supporters pledge $30 per month. This gift is not insignificant. Keeping a child in school for another year means there is no gaps in their education. It also means they will be able to read and write, having the skills necessary to get and keep a job as an adult. They will also not be dependent on others to read for them.

Following is a note from Associate Pastor Daniel Telfort:

As you know, we are in the midst of our annual Bible Conference. It is going well by God’s grace. Pastor Joel St Amour is able to be with us this year. We pray that the Lord would watch over Marie Andrée, his wife, so that there might be no complication while he is away from her.

We praise the Lord for the preaching of God’s word this past month. We are amazed at how many God saved from sin and eternal death every month at the Vine church as a result of the preaching of God’s word. For this past month we have seen 6 people come to Christ. On Sunday June 26 I continued preaching out of the book of Nehemiah. And the central idea of the sermon was “Attempt great things for God and expect great things from God,” as the famous missionary William Carey said it. It was a blessing to see 4 young people came to Christ, though the focus of the sermon was not the necessity for one to come to Christ. But as I said in the last ministry update, God has a way to man’s heart.   

One of the special events that took place in June was the International Day of Children. The children’s department had the whole service on June 12th under the leadership of Sr. Merzula Jean and the other ones working with her. They did everything in the program from song leading to preaching. We are thankful for the next generation who is being prepared to serve the Lord when we will be gone.

Our church is growing both in quality and in quantity. It is a blessing to see hearts being changed through the working of the Holy Spirit. Many young people are walking closer to the Lord. Many people are getting saved. There could not be greater Joy for us. May the Name of the Lord be praised forever. 

Daniel Telfort

Daniel and Ann and Davidson

We always thankful for your generous support through finances and prayer so this work may continue and be fruitful. Your sacrifice of generosity does not go unnoticed.

In His Name,

 

James Dick                      574-534-8325              Jimandjo.geo@yahoo.com

 

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

Or order securely on our website vineministry.org  by PayPal or credit card.  

All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Vine Ministry.

Sign up for the e-mail version of our newsletter on our website http://www.vineministry.org and click on “Sign Up For Newsletters”.

Join us in praying more specifically for the needs of Vine Ministry and Haiti through “Prayer Support”. This also is found at vineministry.org by clicking on “Prayer Support

Support Vine Ministry by shopping online at Smile.Amazon.com. Indicate Vine Ministry Inc. as your charity.

JULY 2016

LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH, PRAISE THE LORD” PSM 150:6

In August, mom, Evelyn, and I will be going to Haiti for the purpose of distributing the gifts you have generously given for the education of so many Haitian youth. The joy we feel on behalf of you is beyond words. The expressions of joy and gratefulness from these children and their parents makes the trip not only worthwhile but delightful and satisfying.
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We are very grateful to you for supporting 80 youth to date for school next year. Last year there were 150+. Because the need is so great we have had to turn away applicants every year. This year our goal is 200 children in school through your help. I believe we can reach this.

Our trip to Haiti is earlier than most years due to Vacation Bible School at Vine Church the week of August 22 through 26 and school beginning tentatively the first week of September. The political environment can affect the start times of events, like school, in Haiti.

Therefore, please consider sponsoring a child in school. Our need is to have all 200 sponsored before we leave for Haiti on August 11. Now is the time to reach out for this project by sending us a note indicating how many children you will be supporting this year. A child needs $360 for the year. This can be given in total or as a monthly gift of $30/month.

Davidson Betsaleel Telfort at Birth Israel Hospital in Boston

We rejoice with Associate Pastor Daniel and his wife Anne as they returned to Haiti with their newborn son Davidson. As a family they have been through a lot and continue to rejoice in the Lord and His faithfulness to bring them through all difficulties.

July 3 to 10 will be Vine Church’s 24th Annual Conference. Several preachers will be preaching the Word of God. This is always a great time of celebration as 25 years ago Vine Church began meeting in a little grove of banana trees. God is SO good.

Marie St. Amour continues to wait for a heart transplant in Grand Rapids, Michigan along with Pastor Joel St. Amour. Their patience is steadfast as they continue in this difficult time.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued generous support. Many in this difficult country of Haiti are blessed. We stand as their voice to say Thank You.

James Dick

If you would like to purchase Evelyn’s book, Life on the Edge, “34 Years of Ministry in Haiti”, you may do so by sending $15.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling to: Vine Ministry, PO Box 967, Goshen, IN. 46527 or go to our website vineministry.org and order via PayPal or credit card. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Vine Ministry.

An email version of the Newsletter is available for those who prefer to receive newsletters electronically. Go to vineministry.org and click on “Sign Up For Newsletters” .

We would love for those who would like to join us in praying more specifically for the needs of Vine Ministry and Haiti to connect with us through “Prayer Support”. This also is found at vineministry.org by clicking on “Prayer Support

Support Vine Ministry by shopping on line at Smile.Amazon.com. Indicate Vine Ministry Inc as your charity.

JUNE 2016

   JUNE 2016

May has been a busy month. Jim has begun orienting to leading Vine Ministry and we took time to visit six church families: Trinity United Methodist, Anne Ashley United Methodist, Upper Claar COB, Harvest, Fellowship COB and Mount Pleasant COB. What a joy to reconnect with old friends and make many news friends over the past two weeks of May. We were blessed by the enthusiasm for what Vine Ministry is doing in Haiti.

Daniel Telfort’s new baby boy was born April 28th. He continues to have added medical costs. Davidson is diagnosed Down’s syndrome. Testing continues to determine his overall health. He is still in the hospital at Boston, Massachusetts. To help Daniel and his family with costs, just make a note designating for Daniel Telfort.

Now is the time to sponsor a child to attend school this next year. School in Haiti is not free nor public. Anyone who desires an education must pay tuition, books, supplies and uniforms. The cost through Vine Ministry is $360 for the year and is payable in full or $30 per month. This last year, through gracious donations from our supporters, we were able to sponsor over 150 students. Yet, we still had to turn other deserving children away. Please sponsor now so additional children will be able to attend school this next year.

Lack of education in Haiti is still a grave problem, yet we are having an impact. Several students that you have supported through the years have gone on to further their education in other schools including medical school. It is a long road, but we are making progress. Please sponsor a child and be a part of this important impact on the country of Haiti.

Following is a reflection of Cheryl Flegle from the mission trip of Trinity UMC to La Victoire: “My experience in La Victoire and Port Au Prince Haiti with our work team was both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.  Heartbreaking, seeing the circumstances in which the  Haitian people of all ages  live on a daily basis and their back-breaking work to provide the most basic of needs for themselves and their families.  Heartwarming, in their relationships and commitment to their faith. For example, the worship services at La Victoire Baptist Church and Vine Church in Port Au Prince where the singing of the choir and congregation could easily lift the roof.  

They sing with every ounce of themselves, with such commitment that would cause you to believe they didn’t have a single care. Not one!

It was a privilege to be a part of our work group, to have Evelyn and Pastor Daniel as our guides, and to work beside the Haitians at the church construction site.  These hardworking individuals were working before we arrived and long after we departed each day.  And certainly doing it the hard way!  Our team did some blockwork and primarily supported the Haitian workers by becoming the cement bucket brigade.   We may not have spoken the same language, but we certainly communicated and a comradery was established.

My other favorite experiences were being a guest of the La Victoire Church School, visiting each classroom and sharing treats with the students.  Oh those dear children!!!   And, visiting Papillion Boutique in Port Au Prince, where partnering with the Apparent Project, Haitians are provided an opportunity to support themselves and their families in a positive and healthy manner while creating jewelry,  ornaments and housewares from often otherwise discarded materials such as cereal boxes and oil cans.

A week in Haiti every few years won’t really FIX anything -but- it definitely does develop an avenue of   understanding, and most importantly, simply being supportive.  The experience establishes relationships for which I am VERY THANKFUL and BLESSED!  I will always have a place in my heart for our Haitian friends….

I will always have a heart for Haiti.”                                           

Thank you, Cheryl.                                                                               

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Cheryl Flegle, Evelyn Dick, Mary Hunter

We are very grateful for all of your prayer and financial support by which so many families in Haiti are extremely blessed. As one person is helped, the effect ripples continuously to others in their community.

With Thankful hearts,

Jim Dick                                                                                                 

574-534-8325   Jimandjo.geo@yahoo.com

Evelyn Dick                                                                                            

229-291-3480 Haitibabemema1@aol.com

PO BOX 967, Goshen, IN 46527

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Evelyn’s book LIFE ON THE EDGE “34 Years in Haiti” is available for a suggested donation of $15 plus $3 shipping and handling. All proceeds go to Vine Ministry.

MAY 2016

May   2016

LeRoyThis month our newsletter is dedicated to the memory of LeRoy.  It was May 11, 2005 when he went home to be with the Lord.  He is still so very much missed by his family and many friends.

On May 1, James Dick will be taking the main leadership of Vine Ministry. Please welcome him as warmly as you have LeRoy and me.

We have included his support letter. I am encouraged by what he and his wife Jo bring to Vine Ministry in their experience and vision.

My son James and I will be visiting churches between May 15 and May 29.

Following is the itinerary:

May 15 Sunday Morning 9:30am Trinity United Methodist Church 398 Church St, Indiana, PA
May 15 Sunday Evening Ann Ashley United Methodist Church 334 East 22nd Ave, Munhall, PA
May 18 Wednesday Evening 7:00pm Upper Claar COB 405 Upper Clarr Rd, Claysburg, PA
May 19 Thursday Evening 7:00pm Harvest Main St., Claysburg, PA
May 22 Sunday Morning 10:30am Fellowship COB 505 Blossom Dr., Martinsburg, WV
May 22 Sunday Evening Canaan COB 2812 Dinnerbell Five Forks RD, Farmington, PA
May 29 Sunday Morning Mount Pleasant COB 4152 Mount Pleasant St NW, North Canton, OH

 

I had a very good and fruitful trip to Haiti March 28 to April 13.  The Team did an excellent job of building at the church in LaVictoire.  They actually accomplished more than we thought possible.

Two years ago when the team was in LaVictoire to build the foundation for the church there was a young Haitian teen age boy working with the group.  The team members asked him why he was not in school instead of working.  He replied that his father had died so there was no money for him to go to school.  The team decided they would supply the tuition for him to go to school.  So for the past 2 years they have done just this and they plan to continue.  This year, each day, as soon as school was over he would change from his school uniform and join in with the workers. His name is Wimsky Noel.   This is the letter Wimsky wrote and gave to the team this year.

             Wimsky Noel WimskyWimsky Letter2

Thank you for your generous prayers and support.

Evelyn Dick


Dear friends and family,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well and blessed. As some of you know, as of May 1, I will be assuming the directorship of Vine Ministry. Vine Ministry is the mission organization my parents, LeRoy and Evelyn Dick established about 30 years ago in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The result of their ministry speaks for itself in the establishment of a church in Port-au-Prince, the education of many children over the years, roof top gardening projects, and ministering to both Haitian pastors and fellow missionaries. There is still much to continue in Haiti as well as find fresh answers to the emerging challenges that continue to arise in this developing country. Our plan is to remain based in Goshen, IN and travel frequently to Haiti as needed. Most of my work can be done here at home and we have competent Haitian leaders to carry on the work in Haiti.

 

What we are doing:

Currently we are raising support for Daniel Telfort, the Associate Pastor of Vine Church, and raising funds for school tuition ( last year we supported 150+ children in school and higher education), We are also establishing a clinic at the Vine Church facility. The clinic is just taking off and we have a lot of work to do. 

 

Our Vision:

The following is our vision. It is like a road sign that will hopefully take us to our ultimate goal which is health and well-being of our Haitian brothers and sisters as they are grounded and established in Jesus. Some of the ways we may do this is by involving the school children in outreach to help their community. Finances are never a one way street. It is a flow of giving and receiving whether it is money or time. Generosity is characteristic of the flow of blessing and finances; as you have freely given, so shall you receive.

We would like to help lay out a plan for the growth and development of the clinic into a full hospital. The clinic looks like a small step to meeting the great need of health care in Haiti, specifically the Port-au-Prince area; but our vision, and the vision of the leadership of the clinic, is to see it develop into a hospital setting. 

Education has always been on the heart of LeRoy and Evelyn and is also at the core of Josie and my vision of the legacy we want to leave in Haiti over the next years. We may move toward establishing a school, a place for the children to learn academics and leadership so to better their community and enhance their environment for generations to come. We want the children to see beyond themselves and feel the connection they have with future generations of Haitians. We would want them to see God has answers to all our problems and access the wisdom God has for them and their specific challenges.

 

Underlying drive:

Many solutions meet the immediate need like food for the hungry or clothes for the naked, etc. Although we are not blind to the immediate needs of the people we serve, our vision is to see solutions from Heaven’s perspective by holding the values of not just food clothing and shelter, but of prosperity of soul. Living blessed, free from fear, guilt, and shame and experiencing the heart of our Heavenly Father toward us by knowing love, peace, forgiveness, and everything the Holy Spirit embodies (fruits of the spirit). In our wedding, almost 40 years ago, we used III John 2: Beloved I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. This has and will continue to direct us in all of our undertakings.

 

Invitation: 

We would never think of taking on this project alone. Therefore we are reaching out to our friends and family who have known us through the years. Our invitation to you is to join us in this project with words of encouragement, prayer support and financial support for Vine Ministry and the points of impact we are endeavoring.

 

What to do:

Email us at jed77@juno.com

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Support financially by sending support to Vine Ministry, Inc., PO Box 967, Goshen, IN 46527

 

In His Gracious Service,

Jim and Jo Dick

APRIL 2016

BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE TO ONE ANOTHER, FORGIVING EACH OTHER, JUST AS IN CHRIST GOD FORGAVE YOU.”

Ephesians 4:32

If everything goes as planned, then by the time you read this the Trinity United Methodist Church team from Indiana, PA and I will be in LaVictoire in Haiti. The plan is for them to go directly to LaVictoire when they arrive in Port-a-Prince on Saturday, April 2. This is a 5 hour drive into Central Plateau. I am leaving on March 28 for Haiti and meeting the team at the airport. I know this is a long a trip and would be too much for me to do all in one day. On Sunday we will worship with the people of the church in LaVictoire and have a day of rest. On Monday morning the work will begin. Two years ago, a team from this same church in Indiana, PA laid the foundation. Now the team will put up the walls. Trinity U.M. church has sent the funds on ahead to purchase the blocks and cement and have them delivered to the work site so they will be able to begin working on Monday morning. They will work together with Haitian men of the church and employ them for the job. The following photo shows the preparation for the foundation 2 years ago.

foundation photo

It is my plan to visit the Church of the Brethren Compound while I am in Haiti. I want to see the well that the West Goshen Church of the Brethren provided funds for and bring back pictures.

I will be busy before and after the team arrives. Since the team will not have time to have a meal when they deplane in Port-au-Prince and there will be no food available in LaVictoire upon our arrival, it will be my responsibility to buy water, gator aid and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for everyone. We will have to survive on this until Sunday morning when the cooks arrive.

My friend Els has arranged for two book signings while I am there. I am ticketed to return home on April 13. Please pray for safe travels and safety at the work site for the team, and for Associate Pastor Daniel Telfort of Vine Church. He will be accompanying the team and me.

In Pastor Daniel’s February report he writes, “The first two Sundays of February were especially difficult due to the violent protests in the streets.” The first Sunday of February the service was shortened in order for the people to return to their homes. Pastor Daniel preached on Psalm 80 with sermon title, “When Trouble Comes.” Please continue to pray for the safety of the people at Vine Church as they travel to church services, to jobs and to school.

We celebrated Easter in a beautiful service at West Goshen Church of the Brethren. I trust that you, too, were blessed as you celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

I want to thank each and every one of you who pray and give to make it possible for Vine Ministry to continue our ministry to the Haitian people. Without your support we would not be able to continue. God Bless You Richly!

Evelyn Dick

Giving for the month of February: 75 % of Budget

If you would like to purchase my book, “Life on the Edge”, 34 years of ministry in Haiti, you may do so by sending $15.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling to: Vine Ministry, PO Box 967, Goshen, IN. 46527 or go to our website vineministry.org and order via PayPal or using your credit card. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Vine Ministry.

We would love for those who would like to join us in praying more specifically for the needs of Vine Ministry and Haiti to connect with us through “Prayer Support”. This also is found at vineministry.org by clicking on “Prayer Support

 

MARCH 2016

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

As I write this letter, Haiti is in the midst of electing their next President. Political expression is very different for this new democracy. The previous weeks have been filled with violent protests even to the point that Associate Pastor Daniel was unsure if he could get to the church for the wedding that was to take place. As it turned out, he was able to go. This year there have been two weddings in Vine Church. We praise the Lord for new families!

We are very grateful for the leadership that Associate Pastor Daniel has provided for Vine Church. He has also been able to teach this semester at the Seminary of Evangelical theology of Port-au-Prince two classes. Please keep him in your prayers for health and strength.

Pastor Joel was able to be present at Vine Church for the end of the year, preaching several Sundays. The church is always blessed by his ministry. Each Sunday people come to the Lord, putting their trust in Him.

At the end of this month, Evelyn will be traveling to Haiti along with a team of 12 from Trinity United Methodist Church and Anne Ashley United Methodist, led by Greg Golden. They will be continuing to build the church at La Victoire. Please pray for this team as they are committing to a lot of work in a short time.

Our newsletters are now available through e-mail for those who wish to stay connected with us in this way. Simply go to our website vineministry.org and click on the page titled “Sign Up for Newsletters”.

Also, another development, we are starting a prayer group especially for Vine Ministry’s work in Haiti. Jesus went beyond the temporal when He redeemed the spirit of each one who trusts in Him for new life. It is for this reason that we request your prayer support for the work in the Church, Clinic and in the education of the children in Vine Church. To join us in this prayer work, go to our website and click on Prayer Support.

Mom’s book, “Life on the Edge”, continues to be a blessing to those who have read it.

You can order your copy by sending a check to Vine Ministry for a suggested contribution of $15.00 plus $3.00 for shipping or go to our website, vineministry.org and order via PayPal or credit card.

We are so grateful for all of our partners in reaching out to our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Thank you for your prayers and financial support.

James Dick

Evelyn’s phone 574-534-8325 cell 229-291-3480 email: haitibabemema1@aol.com

We want to thank Samuel Jones for the gift in memory of Wilbur Garst.

FEBRUARY 2016

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.       Philippians 4:19

This morning as I was reading in Philippians this verse brought to my mind something that occurred in Haiti many years ago.  I was reminded once again that God does not always supply our needs in monetary ways.

It was 1980 when LeRoy and I went to Haiti with Christian World Outreach for a two week camp for 100 Haitian youth. There were also 26 from the U.S.  LeRoy was teaching and I was asked to be in charge of cooking with two Haitian helpers.  Before I agreed to do this I asked what was available to cook on.  I was told there is a gas stove.  (At this point we had not yet moved to Haiti so I knew no Creole and the Haitian helpers knew very little English!)

YES! There was a gas stove, however, the first night we arrived at the camp and tried to light the stove it blew up. One helper was burned but not seriously.  Now the alternative was to cook over a charcoal fire.  So for two weeks we did our best to cook over charcoal for 126 people.  At home I cooked for 6 people and sometimes for added guests but never in my life had I cooked for 126 even on a regular stove.  I got up at 4:00 A.M. to get the fire going in order to get the water boiling in the big iron pot to have instant oatmeal ready by 7:00 A.M.  I confess that meals were not always ready on schedule.

An even bigger challenge came when four days before the end of camp we would run out of charcoal after cooking dinner that evening. I took one of my helpers with me to the nearest town to the market to buy more charcoal, however, there was none in the market.  We drove around the town looking for some since sometimes individuals would set a bag by the road to sell.  THERE WAS NONE AVAILABLE!  Now what do I do?

We returned to camp and that night and at dinner I told everyone our situation and that we needed to pray for charcoal!  So we all prayed believing that somehow the Lord would provide.  The next morning when I woke up I saw a huge truck by the gate of the camp.  As I walked toward it to see what it was……….You guessed it!  It was a truck which had broken down by the gate with a whole load of charcoal.  Well, there was rejoicing in the camp that day!!  I bought enough charcoal to last for four more days!!

(P.S.  The campers returned home at noon on a Saturday.  When the camp leader announced that all of us were going to a restaurant for dinner that night I know for certain that I was the happiest camper in the group.)

There have been numerous times over the 26 years we were in pastoral ministry and the 34+ years in Haiti we have seen God supplying our needs.  Many times He has supplied through you, our supporters, not only monetarily, which is obviously a great need, but also by sending volunteers to take charge of the stateside office, sending work teams to build the new building, friends to paint a mural for the baptistery, giving of sound equipment, generators, food, vitamins, coming to Haiti to encourage us, praying for us and missionary and business people who helped us in many ways.

I am so thankful to each one of you who are a part of “our team”!! 

I was talking with Pastor Joel today.  He returned from Haiti after being there recently for two weeks.  On New Year’s Eve there is all night church at which he preached and he also preached the following Sunday morning.  During these 2 services 10 people accepted the Lord.  On Sunday morning they had to bring chairs from the downstairs to seat all the people.  The church seats 1000 so there were over 1000 in attendance that day.  Vine Church continues to grow!!  It is so exciting!  There is no space to add any building.  The next step will be to add a second service beginning at 6:00 A.M.

Again….Thank you and God Bless You for being a part of our team!

Evelyn

Remember to order you copy of Evelyn’s book, “Life on the Edge”, 34 years in Haiti!  How? Send a check to Vine Ministry for a suggested contribution of $15.00 plus $3.00 for shipping or go to our website, vineministry.org and order via PayPal.

Evelyn’s phone   574-534-8325   cell 229-291-3480    email: haitibabemema1@aol.com