Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Roof Is On

With great excitement I report that my house has been framed up, and the roof is even on. I am convinced this is the level-est, squarest and plumb-est building in Haiti.  They did a superb job!

The House Framed Up and Roof On

A special thanks goes to my brothers from Fellowship Bible Church in Longview, Texas who came and "worked their butts off" for the LORD this past week.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

House

I have been homeless, or should I say nomadic, for the past 2 years. While this has been a fun challenge, it has still been a challenge.

Along the journey, the LORD has shown me his plan to do more full-time ministry and have a little place to refresh and regroup. Or in other words, a place to hang my hat. The LORD had miraculously provided to do all that I have done thus far; find and purchase land, complete paperwork for land, build a road (still a work in progress), drill a well, and build the first part of the house (the garage).

The Garage Thus Far
This week I am looking forward to continuing the journey as a team from Fellowship Bible Church in Longview, Texas is coming to help "frame up" the rest of the house.

Praise the LORD for taking me on this exciting journey.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Full Versions of my Films Available Online

I am proud to present the full versions of the movies that I have translated/produced. They include English subtitles for those of you who don't understand Haitian Creole. Watch them online at the following links.







Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hurricane Matthew in Review

Hurricane Matthew was a devastating Category 4 hurricane when it first struck Haiti. Its winds of 145MPH and storm serge followed by flooding did major damage to the Southwest and Northwest peninsulas of Haiti.

Immediately after the hurricane, a partner church in Virginia took a collection for emergency aid funds and sent it to its partner church in Citern Remy. This video is a short interview with Nelson Onand, the pastor there explaining what happened during the storm and expressing his appreciation for the life-saving emergency funds.

Video of Citern Remy Hurricane Matthew Interview
Several weeks after Hurricane Matthew hit, I made a trip to assess the situation and take emergency relief and development aid. This is a video essay of the destruction experienced in the Grand'Anse of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, as well as the hope that was shared with the victims through emergency relief aid like food and tarps, and development aid like seeds and trees.

Video of Jeremie after Hurricane Matthew
I am planning a return trip to Jeremie to carry trees and tin to help with reconstruction. $100 can pay for the tin to cover a small house there. This #GivingTuesday and entire giving season, please consider a tax deductible contribution through Walking Together for Christ.

(Special thanks to Lara Martin for the truly inspired song, The Voice of Hope, which was used in the Jeremie video.)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Well On Mission Base Land

My brother Joe and Nephew Jon are here helping drill a well on our land.

We hit water yesterday while drilling the well. We are about 120 feet deep. We have at least 8 gallons per minute. We aren't finished yet. Praise the LORD with us!

James Drilling at Sunset

Many of my Haitian neighbors were sceptical about drilling a well on the top of this plateau. They frequently asked if we would get water. My answer always was, "We asked God to give us water, so He will". And He did!

Thank the LORD with us!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update

I came to Jeremie on Thursday to evaluate the situation and to provide some food and development assistance.

Starting near Cayes I started to see some destruction, especially trees blown down and some house roofs blown away. Proceeding, the situation continued to worsen.

I was listening to Christian music as I drove through the destruction. One song I hesitated to sing along with... "God is good, all the time". How could a good God send such destruction?
God's judgement is severe, and His promises are sure
Jeremie is in bad shape, but there has been a lot of work. Anyone with resources has fixed their houses. Food and construction materials are readily available.

In the countryside is a different story! I took a load of food and tarps out yesterday! Even so, you can see some new tin roofs sparkling in the sun.
Food, tarps and trees being given
In the evenings, I am showing movies of hope.

If you would like to contribute to the effort, you can through Walking Together for Christ. All funds received will be used to help our suffering brothers and sisters here in Haiti.

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers.

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” Luke 12:21

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Debt Paid and Alive

Oh, praise the ONE who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead; Jesus!

Last Sunday, exactly one week ago, I received a death threat. A witch-doctor contacted me to tell me someone paid him to kill me; but I could buy my life from him for $10,000. I decided my life was safest in the LORD's hands.




I shared this with my family and friends and they prayed! They shared it with their friends, such that there were people praying for me all around the world!

I was assured death before the end of the week! Praise the LORD, it has been exactly one week, and I am alive and well! The LORD has rescued me, kept me safe, and given me life!

Oh, praise the ONE who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead; Jesus!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Mission Base" Driveway

Greetings in Christ.

As you may well remember, I have started the initial planning for the construction of a little "mission base", to allow me to do more media ministry; a resting place upon return from exhausting ministry trips and a place to produce future movies.

At the end of September 2015, we had closing on the purchase of a beautiful plateau where I plan to build a little house near Mibalè, Haiti. Although the land has been surveyed and paid for, the paperwork still can't be finalized because of the "political crisis" caused by postponed elections here in Haiti. Basically, I must be a resident of Haiti to own land here, but the people to sign letters and issue the residence are currently not in power. Please pray specifically that the LORD will soon put in place a mayor that can issue my missing piece of paperwork.

One of the challenges of building on the plateau is the driveway to get there. Along with the land purchase, I was granted a deeded right-of-way. But, because the folks I bought the land from had already sold some land in the middle, the right-of-way for my land was curvy; involving going up a steep cliff.

I was able to negotiate a passage with the neighbor to build my driveway straight up through his property. This involved paying a little money, but probably less then building a road up the cliff. It will also make for a safer and easier to maintain road in the years to come. I also heard (after making this deal) that there was a seasonal spring where I had previously planned to build the road. Praise the LORD for his provision of a straight-shot on good stable ground to get up to the land where I will build!

New Right-Of-Way (Yellow-Existing Road, Orange-New Passage)

With the new right-of-way, I can currently drive (4-wheel drive) to within 200-feet of my land!

Looking Down the "Driveway"

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Abricot

One of my favorite fruit is the abricot (Abriko). They are not to be confused with the apricot fruit, from the genus "Prunus".  Abricot, as described in this post, are found ONLY in Haiti, and mainly in the southern peninsula.  A similar abricot is said to grow in 3 Caribbean islands surrounding Haiti. There is even a town in Haiti called Abricot. When I was recently in the Grand'Anse, I was able to spend a few days there in ministry (and eating Abricot). It is just the beginning of the season, so they are still rather hard to come by.

Abricot grows on a big tree, the abricot tree. It has large, round fruit with firm, orange flesh.
Abricot Tree (Fruit circled)
The fruit falls out of the tree when ripe, or it can be picked by a skilled tree climber.

My Tree Climbing Friend
Now, you may be asking, how do you eat an abricot. Abricot is a lot of work compared to some fruits. The photos and captions tell the story.

Cut Off Top, Cut Through Outer Skin on Three Sides

Peel Off Outer Skin

Peel Off Light Yellow Covering, With a Knife

Cut Into Three Sections, a Big Seed In Each

Cut Off Meat From Around Seeds and Eat
(Don't Eat the Seed Bark)

Open Mouth, Insert, Chew and Savor
The meat is delicious; sweet and firm.

Eat an abricot for me if you ever get the chance!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

"Footprints" - Music Video

The music video I played Jesus in has finally been released. It is called "Footprints." 
James playing Jesus
"Footprints" was written out of a dark place in Natalie Charlotin's life (the author and singer). This song is to help others through their dark places. There is hope and light that outweighs the darkness. Slavery, Abuse and Trafficking have ruined millions of lives. There are an estimated 300,000-500,000 child slaves just in Haiti alone. This video was made to not only create awareness of a very real problem, but to see the redemption that happens when Jesus brings healing to your past.

The Lyrics...
I feel pain. I feel hurt. The sorrow in my eyes shows exactly how I feel inside.    

How do I go on? How will I survive? In this harsh world I know how do I go on when I don't feel strong enough? Strong enough....       

One day at a time, you hold my hand Your Grace carries me. Like footprints in the sand you never abandon me.                       

I do not understand. I want to understand. So I give you my heart and all the hurt that I feel. 

Your ways are not my ways. Your thoughts are not my thoughts. And I don't know how to be who you want me to be anymore. Anymore.

Chorus Again.

So I put my hope and I put my trust, I put my faith in You.  (Repeat 3X)

How do I go on? How will I survive? In this harsh world I know how do I go on when I don't feel strong enough? 

Chorus again (2X) with ahs in the background


Ending: I feel pain. I feel hurt. The sorrow in my eyes shows exactly how I feel inside.