“DO NOT BE ANXIOUS FOR ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.” Philippians 4:6,7.
Temperatures were in the 90’s while we were in Haiti. So why did I return to Goshen to the snow and cold?? Because that was my schedule and that is what I needed to do!!
The team came from 3 United Methodist Churches in Pennsylvania; Anne Ashley in Munhall, PA, Trinity in Indiana, PA and Quakertown, PA. They were a combined group of 14. Pastor Daniel Telfort and I joined the team. We were a total of 16. On Tuesday morning we travelled to LaVictoire in the Central Plateau. I will let Becky Clever, one of the team members from Munhall give you a brief idea of her experience with the team. Thank you Becky!
“I was immediately struck by the coastline…. But also, the men, women and children. The Haitian people are extremely generous and hard-working. Each meal prepared for us was special, knowing that they were well planned, as well as procured and prepared all by hand, including the chicken and goat we ate. I was greatly moved to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the laborers at the church-school construction site in La Victoire, even if the verbal communication between us—due to some language barriers—was limited. Seeing the school children receive a full plate of lunch that some of the funds that were raised for the trip provided for was very humbling.
I don’t think there was one of us who didn’t want to return. When we said our farewells to the laborers and cooks on the last Friday of our time in LaVictoire, one of the workers—a man of 60+ years of age named AIME—asked when we would return. He asked in (French Creole), “February?” He said he would pray for our group for safe travels and God’s blessings. I don’t think any of us could have asked for more than that…and we were already blessed by having the experience of working with the likes of Aime and so many others. Ending the trip with a Sunday morning Vine Church service was the crescendo of the trip for me. We sang hymns and worshiped in French in the beautiful facility with our friends in Port-au-Prince, we heard passionate prayers to God and an anointed sermon. I cannot wait to return and be among the Haitian people again with the Anne Ashley and Trinity Methodist Church mission team!”
Watch VineMinistry.org for pictures of the recent trip to La Victoire.
Two youth came forward at the close of the service to give their hearts and lives to the Lord! At Vine Church an altar call is given every Sunday and nearly every Sunday there are those who accept the Lord as their Savior. We Praise God for these responses to the Lord’s calling.
After the team left two friends of my daughter Amy came to Haiti for the first time. Unfortunately, their afternoon flight was cancelled but they arrived at 9:30 A.M. the following day. They got in touch with me and for 2 days I gave them a “tour” of Port-au-Prince and a few surrounding areas. We visited two businesses where lots of Haitians are employed; Maxima S.A. and Apparent Project. Other places we went were the Lookout over Port-au-Prince, Baptist Mission, Vine Church, and did some sight-seeing. I certainly enjoyed the time with them. Thank you Scott and Chris for the privilege of sharing a bit of Haiti with you.
In my last newsletter I shared that 4 people from West Goshen Church of the Brethren in Indiana would arrive in Haiti on Feb. 13. Unfortunately, this did not happen! The airline cancelled their flights due to the weather. This was the time when Atlanta airport was totally shut down. They were so very disappointed and so was I. They are now planning their trip possibly sometime this summer.
So now I am back home in Indiana and trying to convince myself that winter will soon be over !!!
GOOD NEWS! Some of the equipment for the clinic in Vine Church has been released and there is more to be picked up soon.
I am undecided as to whether to schedule traveling to churches this summer. There are so many reasons why I may not be able to fit it in. I do want to have either Pastor Joel or Pastor Daniel accompany me when I do. Between their schedules and mine I don’t see it at this point. Possibly early fall might be a better time for us. In the meantime if you are interested in having a visit from us please let me know via email or snail mail and I will do my best to coordinate this sometime this year!
Please continue to pray for: Pastor Joel’s wife, Marie. For Pastor Daniel’s daughter, Hadassa and for Vine Ministry. We covet your prayers for all of these.
Thank you to each and every one of you who pray for us and give so that this ministry may continue. Thank you for investing in the lives of the Haitian people whom Vine Ministry minsters to.
December contribution: General Fund: 100 %
January Contributions: General Fund: 100%
Evelyn’s phone: house 574-534-8325 cell: 229-291-3480
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