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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:5


Meet the MINISTRY

 

Imagine a flowing grape vine with shoots and branches going in many directions with thick luscious fruit of the vine overflowing. That is a vision of Fruit of the Vine Ministries. The vine represents God’s love. The shoots and branches represent the many places God will send us and ministries we will join with. The fruit is the lives that are changed through the love and hope in Jesus Christ.

Fruit of the Vine Ministries was established in 2003 as a non profit Christian organization founded by John Anthony.  It began in the jails, nursing home, and on the streets in Lower Michigan. In 2006 the ministry moved to Northern Michigan. In 2007 the Marcum’s joined the ministry and added the international branches of Russia and Ukraine. Over the years the ministry has grown and now branches out to encompass other “Partners around the World”.

We are a helps and encouragement ministry. As we partner with the local pastors, missionaries, and outreach ministries, meaningful long term relationships are established. Together we reach out to the hurting stranger, the homeless orphan, the captive prisoners, and the forgotten widows. It is our desire they would experience the grace of Jesus first hand. We use our skills in construction, administration and teaching, as well as our resources and our time to equip and empower others in the name of Jesus Christ.

As we work together the Word of God and ministry of the Holy Spirit are evident in the fruit of changed lives. The Kingdom of God will come and the mighty name of Jesus will be proclaimed to the ends of the earth.

 


 

Meet the MARCUMS

 

1 Corinthians Chapter 13 says “without love we are nothing”.  Many people in this world have never known love.  Their lives are filled with pain and hopelessness.  But scripture tells us “God is love” and that through His love there is hope.

 

Dale and Janice Marcum were married in 2000 after both were widowed in 1995. God called them to a ministry of “Helps” and taught them what it means to walk by faith not by sight.  Together they made a commitment to the Lord to go anywhere and do anything He asks.  They are vagabonds for the Lord and they took on the title of “Ambassadors of Love”.  The Lord has directed their steps to Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, Greece, Kenya, and America; but, we know the journey has just begun as new opportunities arise daily.

Dale’s skill is in construction and Janice’s is in administration and leadership. Both have a heart of compassion for the hurting and lost people of the world.  They desire that no one should perish without knowledge of the love of Jesus.

The Marcums joined Fruit of the Vine Ministry in 2007 overseeing the international ministries. In 2009 founder and president Pastor John Anthony resigned from FOV Ministries and turned the reins over to Dale and Janice.

Under the direction of the ministry board Dale and Janice minister both overseas and in the United States.  Along with their hands on work they often coordinate and lead short term mission teams.  Through these teams, and ongoing work, many people have been touched by love and have seen faith in action. Relationships have been formed, ministries have been started, construction done, leaders trained, and medical help given.  The homeless and hopeless have found that God is love and that through His love there is hope. That hope is the hope of Jesus Christ who never fails.