“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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BE JOYFUL ALWAYS; PRAY CONTINUALLY; GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR THIS IS GOD’S
WILL FOR YOU IN CHRIST JESUS.” I Thessalonians 5: 16-18
By the time you receive this letter the work team from Indiana, PA and Munhall, PA and I will be in Haiti. As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter we will arrive January 27. Our first night will be spent in Port-au-Prince. Next morning we will travel to LaVictoire where the team will begin the foundation for a church building. Sunday morning we will all attend Vine Church and Pastor Greg Golden (team leader) and also Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Indiana, PA will be preaching. The team will depart Haiti on February 3. I will remain in Haiti.
My daughter Amy put 2 of her friends from Texas in touch with me. She learned they were planning their first trip to Haiti so she told them to “contact my mom”. On February 11 they will arrive. I will meet them at the airport and host them for the next 3 days. I will remain in Haiti.
Four people from West Goshen Church of the Brethren in Indiana will arrive in Haiti on February 13. I will meet them at the airport and for the next 5 days they will get a “taste of the poverty and the beauty of Haiti”. Pastor Norman Replogle will preach at Vine Church on Sunday morning, February 16. This group will leave Haiti on February 18. It is my plan to return home to Goshen with them. I think by then I may need a few days of rest!!
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NEWS FROM VINE CHURCH…………..Associate Pastor, Daniel Telfort has informed me that the musical instruments have finally been released from customs. He plans to start a brass ensemble to participate in worship at Vine Church. Thank you Trinity United Methodist Church for this wonderful contribution!!
We are still waiting for the Clinic equipment to be released. Please pray this will soon become a reality.
Pastor Daniel reports he performed 5 weddings during the month of December.
70 ADULTS AND 40 CHILDREN RECEIVED CHRIST IN 2013.
CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR PASTOR JOEL’S WIFE, MARIE THAT THE LORD WILL PERFORM A MIRACLE AND GIVE HER A NEW HEART OR THAT SOMEHOW SHE WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE A TRANSPLANT.
PASTOR DANIEL’S DAUGHTER HADASSA IS NOW TWO YEARS OLD BUT IS STILL NOT ABLE TO STAND OR SIT BY HERSELF. PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD HELP HER EITHER BY HEALING HER THROUGH A MIRACLE OR THROUGH THE DOCTORS.
PRAY FOR HAITI. THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO DO SOME THINGS TO MAKE LIFE BETTER, BUT STILL THERE IS NO SIGNIFIGANT CHANGE. MANY ARE FRUSTRATED AND SOME HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. PLEASE PRAY THAT THE LORD WOULD BLESS HAITI AND THAT 2014 WOULD BRING LOVE, PEACE AND JUSTICE TO HAITI AND FOR EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
PRAY FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE COMING TO HAITI WITH VINE MINISTRY JANUARY 27 THROUGH FEBRUARY 18. PRAY FOR GOOD HEALTH, SAFETY AND THAT THEY WILL BE A BLESSING TO THE PEOPLE OF HAITI!
I will close with the words of Pastor Daniel that he wrote in his last letter. “We want you to know that we are grateful for your prayers and support. The Lord has surely used you to bless our ministry in Haiti. We pray that our gracious and loving Lord would continually shower you with His manifold blessings for the year 2014.”
Evelyn’s phone: house: 574-534-8325
Tax deductible receipts for 2013 have been sent out. Please note …. We are working with a new computer program. If you find any discrepancy on your receipt please contact our Vine Ministry office at 574-534-8325 and ask for my son, Jim. I am in Haiti until Feb. 18. Jim is able to handle this for you.
Another year has come to an end and a New Year has begun. As we look back on the year 2013 we see how God is blessing Vine Church. More people are attending services and the spiritual life of the people has grown. Recently there was a Conference at Vine Church beginning on Friday night and ending Sunday night for all those in Leadership positions. Pastor Joel remains in the US with his wife as she continues to receive daily medical care for the heart problem. Please pray for Marie and the entire St. Amour family. While Pastor Joel is away our Associate pastor is assuming full responsibility for Vine Church. Those of you who have met him know that he is a very gifted young man and is capable of doing this. He engages the Youth Pastor and Deacons to help as well. Please pray for him. He is very busy because he also teaches in a Seminary, is studying for his PHD with Gordon Conwell Seminary and has a family. Pray, too, for their little girl Hadassa who has not been developing normally
Vine Ministry enrolled 142 children in school in September and 2 students in Medical School. When we enroll students the entire amount needed for the year is given. There are those of you who choose to contribute for students on a monthly basis and this is fine. However, as I look over our records there are a few who have committed but are not keeping up your pledge. I realize it is easy to overlook your pledge. So, I am simply reminding you to check your checkbook to see whether you are on target with the giving for your student. By the end of December you should have sent $180.
I mentioned in an earlier newsletter that the mother of 2 little girls we supported was shot and killed coming out of the bank just two weeks before enrollment. This is a picture of the girls. This was obviously taken at a happier time.
January 12 marks the anniversary of the devastating earthquake which hit Haiti. Even though it is four years since this happened there are still some living in tents. Lots of clean-up and building has gone on since this time there is still so very much to be done. Continue to pray for the people of Haiti.
On January 24 I plan to fly to Durham, NC to attend the wedding of my grandson Caleb Palumbo to Mary Ann Easterlin which will take place on January 26. (Pray for good flying weather) After the wedding reception I will fly to Miami, overnight there and meet the team, led by Pastor Greg Golden, from Indiana, PA and Munhall, PA arriving in Miami on January 27. Together we will fly into Haiti arriving at 1:55 PM. The next day we will travel to LaVictoire in Central Plateau to help the people there build a new church. After the team leaves on Feb. 3, I will have a few days to rest before 2 people arrive from Texas who have never been to Haiti before. I will spend several days with them acquainting them with a bit of Haiti. On February 13 four persons from West Goshen Church of the Brethren will arrive. We will spend the next 4 days acquainting them with some of Haiti, Vine Ministry and Vine Church. On February 18 we will all return to the states. Whew! I just got tired typing all that. I am really looking forward to this time with the various groups. Please pray for us all for safety, good health and strength.
My thanks to all of you who remembered me with Birthday and Christmas greetings and gifts. I appreciate each and every one.
I like the way Jim said it in last month’s letter……”Thank you all so much for your continuing generosity in supporting our brothers and sisters in Haiti. There are not words enough to express the gratitude that so many are gaining education, health care, housing, food and medication through your help. NONE OF US WALK ALONE!”
May God Bless each of you in this New Year!
General Fund: 63% of budget.
Evelyn’s phone house: 574-534-8325
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