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Albany woman has close ties to Haiti

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany woman with a special connection to Haiti is heartbroken by the devastation there. She and her late husband founded a ministry in Haiti and lived there for more than two decades.

Construction was almost complete on a new worship center when the Earthquake struck. She knows the pastor is okay, but she hasn't heard from many of her friends. Evelyn Dick's husband was a pastor for many years when he decided to go on a mission to Haiti. He felt called to do more there, and when he took her along for another trip, she felt the calling too.

We have her reaction to the devastation tonight in her own words.

She said, "I cannot fathom, really, what these people are going through because before this all happened, the poor people didn't have much food. They didn't have much clean water. They don't have sanitation and now, the lack of medical care, people buried in buildings, it's just astounding to me.

"In June of 2004, we purchased the land and started building the church. It is, was, I'm not sure what, almost completed. It's right in the center of where it was hit the worst. The palace is five blocks from where we're located and I'm sure everybody has seen the palace on TV. I do not know if it's still standing."

"I've been trying to get through to them, but I have no telephone communication. It makes me feel helpless. Very upset knowing there are friends of mine, lots of Haitians, lots of Americans and not being able to help at this point."

The church Vine Ministry is building did not have insurance, so if it was destroyed, they'll have to start over from the beginning.

You can contribute to Vine Ministry by sending a check to:

PO Box 71283
Albany, GA  31708

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