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

Sign up for Prayer support on the website: Vineministry.org | Click on Prayer Support

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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.