Happy New Year to you all as we look to a bright future in Haiti. 2019 is brimming with the possibility of greater impact in this cherished country. In 2018 Haiti has experienced more political turmoil than it has in many years. This could be an opportunity to worry and fear about the future or (and I would lean more toward this “OR”) it is an indication that Haiti is ready for greater break through to becoming the prosperous and elegant island that God has always intended it to be.
From Vine Ministry to you, your family and friends a Very Merry Christmas and an exciting New Year, full of promise, blessing and rich abundance. Whether you are young or old, experienced or just starting out may the Peace that passes understanding cover you and live in you this Christmas season and New Year.
Thanksgiving is a time of thoughtful reflection and giving thanks for everything God has done this last year. Looking back over 2018 there are many things for which we are grateful, especially two.
The first being the purchase and installation of an amazing Sonogram machine. Along with this medical equipment was the critical training of the doctors at the Clinic to use this machine in their practice.
Within the last year, a very talented Haitian dentist, Dr. Noel, has established her office at the LeRoy Dick Clinic. Tools and materials are not easy to purchase in Haiti and often Dr. Noel must travel outside the country to keep her dental office supplied. A local retired dentist, Dr. Russell Gilliom, has taken a deep interest in her work. Dr. Gilliom asked her what she needed. He and friends of Blue River Church of the Brethren purchased most of what she asked for. I was able to take these with me to Haiti on my last trip in August.
Another record-breaking year registering students for the school. The first day we processed over 90 children. Myself, Tim (my son), Gislene, and Mirjo all worked together.
I am encouraged seeing the partnership between you and the families of Vine Church changing lives through education.
It was exciting last year as we entered these four children into our program.
It was the first time the Clervil children were supported through the gracious giving of our friends of Vine Ministry. We can’t thank you enough.
I am so excited to be flying to Haiti in a few weeks! The best part of my job is to be the delivery person between you and these wonderful families as you make school possible for their children.
It is with great joy that we honor one of our students. Mozart Santiago is finishing University. Mozart has been supported through Vine Ministry since he was in 2nd grade.
Each August we see the happy faces of the students as they register for school. The students are required to bring their report cards from the previous year as proof of their attendance. The excitement is tangible, and they are proud to continue with their education.
We caught up with one of our graduates, Beulla, when we were in Haiti last August. She is a doctor now serving the people of Haiti. It was good to connect with her and to see how well she is doing. She was supported through medical school by Mr. & Mrs. Steele.
Associate Pastor Telfort will be graduating from Gordon Conwell University with his PhD this coming May. We are very grateful that God has blessed him so much and, through him, the people of Haiti.
Doctors in the Clinic at Vine Church in Haiti are absolutely thrilled to be using the Ultra Sound Machine you have given to them. Once they began training no one missed a day. Connie and Sheila from Sparrow Solutions Group graciously donated the training. Vine Ministry provided the room and board (delicious Haitian food). 15 women volunteered as “patients” the four days of training. Some were expecting babies and some were not.
Thank you for spreading the Gospel in Haiti and helping to create better lives. This last year has been a busy one for Vine Ministry. The Church in Port-au-Prince continues to be a vibrant and growing church. The foundation was laid 25 years ago through the labor of LeRoy and Evelyn Dick and Pastor Joel St Amour.
This last year has been a busy year full of activity and growth. The Board of Directors of Vine Ministry met at our house on November 3rd to look over the last year and consider direction for the coming year. We are happy to have accepted Bonnie Golden as our newest Board Member. We look forward to her insight and wisdom in the coming years.
As the holiday season approaches we are thankful for many things, namely you who have joined with us faithfully through the months and years. Whenever there has been a need such as education for children, a church that needs built, a wall that needs repaired you have always responded with immediate and generous support.
The death of an infant is a tragic event for moms, dads, brothers and sisters. In the US, 6 out of every 1000 births results in a death. In Haiti, this tragedy happens for 48 infants out of every 1000 births. The staff of Clinique Medicale LeRoy Dick (this is the name of the Clinic at Vine Church as it is said in Creole) feel it is of great importance to be able to serve their patients with quality care in a timely manner. A tool for quick and accurate diagnosis and care for moms with child is the ultrasound, giving a clear picture of baby’s position and ongoing development.
Our hearts are blessed. We have seen and spoken to all supported students and their families this week. Almost all the students from last year are continuing this year. 158 students will now be attending school this year. 11 have graduated and did not return. A few have left the country because their family sought work in other areas, and a few students will be attending University. Photos of the students, if you supported a child, will soon be sent to you.
Over the Moat – Drawbridge to the King was the theme for Blue River Church of the Brethren’s Vacation Bible School. 56 children were enrolled for this wonderful program. The mission out reach this year was Vine Ministry and the Clinic at Vine Church in Haiti. They raised $3400 for the Clinic. Thank you for your gift as it will provide health to people of Haiti many times over.