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.
Thank you for your generous prayers and support.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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