Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mom's Operation and Activities

Today was the big day for my mother to have the cancerous lump surgically removed from her breast. We are praising the Lord that the operation went well.  Thanks to those of you that were/are praying.

Tomorrow I head to Mibalè (Mirebalais) to choose the exact spot I want to buy to build on. The surveyor will help to measure, place boundary markers, and draw up the necessary paperwork. I plan to take Lovely along to the hospital there, which will hopefully be the last visit related to the accident.

This weekend I plan to head up to Maissade to show movies. This is a special occasion for the Oasis church there because it will the first Sunday in their new building.

Thanks so much for all of your prayers!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Land for Little "Mission Base"

For months, I've been sharing snippets of where God was taking me; how I was seeing wonderful (and miraculous) results in ministry, how I was receiving unusual (and miraculous) financial gifts, and how I have been vigorously praying for God to use me most effectively for His kingdom! Intertwined with all of this, was the God given desire to build 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.

When I first started sharing about the idea of doing more "full-time" ministry and building a little "mission base" to work out of, God performed a miracle!  I was soliciting prayer; prayer for direction and wisdom to discern the leading of the LORD.  God had spoken earlier in the day to one of the folks I was sharing with. He asked, "Is there some way that he could contribute financially now"?  A few days later I was brought to tears of joy and laughter when in disbelief I received an unreasonably large check in the mail to purchase land.  A few days later another friend asked how he could help, and it continues. This is what God did to confirm the next step; to buy land!

The same night God revealed the idea of building a little place, I was also directed that a national ministry was in order, and a central location was key.  Thus, I had a starting place for the search for land. Using my network of Haitian missionaries, pastors and friends I put out the word that I was looking for land.  I got results and started to investigate them one at a time.  All of the other properties failed for one reason or another; not enough land, too close to the road, too close to other houses, too far from Port-au-Prince, not a clear title, a non-reputable seller, etc.

After lots of prayer and several trips to Mibalè (Mirebalais), I have found the perfect land to base my ministry out of. All of my advisers have given their approval.  The owner will allow me to choose the exact piece of land that I want from his acreage and whatever amount I can afford. I will get 1/2 "kawo de tè" or 1/2 "carreau" which is roughly 1.6 acres.   Wonder what a "carreau" is, check out this interesting Haiti Land Measurement page; it also explains the "metric foot". We have set the date to do the survey of the land; Thursday, September 17th. I have negotiated a price with the seller. Thanks to the generous contributions I mentioned previously, I already have the money to purchase the land!

Beautiful Land On a Plateau With a Million Dollar View

From my limited understanding of Haitian law, as soon as we negotiated the price the land was sold! Of course there are tedious steps required to make it official.  Please pray that God will continue to prepare the way for where He wants me!

Future Driveway in Blue (1700 feet long)

This weekend I am scheduled to show movies Saturday and Sunday nights in the Port-au-Prince area.

Please remember to keep my mother in your prayers as she is to have a lumpectomy to treat her breast cancer on Wednesday, September 16th.

Thanks for all of your prayers, they make all of the difference!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sharing at Mountain View Mennonite Church

While in the United States, we got many opportunities to share about out work and ministry.  On Wednesday, September 2nd, Pastor Nestor Pierre and I were given the opportunity to share at Mountain View Mennonite Church about our ministries in Haiti.  I translated for Pastor Nestor, which brought a few laughs; "un-huh".  He talked about his work and vision with “Hephrata Mission”.  He has a true heart for the people who live in the area where he ministers.  His heart especially goes out the children in his school.  He is waiting for a miracle to support nine government approved teachers, and curriculum director.  Please hold him up in your prayers.

James Translating For Pastor Nestor

I shared the parable of “The Society for the Picking of Apples”, which I gleaned from a book I read recently; Let's Quit Kidding Ourselves About Missions. Please take a minute to read this fascinating parable.  It will challenge you in a unique and non-threatening way.

I also shared about the direction the LORD is slowly revealing for me. Yes, it includes doing more media ministry, being in Haiti for the long haul, and establishing myself on a little “mission base”.  More details on this soon.  Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Needs Met, Visit and Supporting Mom

Greetings in the name of Christ.

Needs Met
I continue to reap the benefits of your unceasing prayers. Although I have dedicated myself wholly to ministry and have not been working a regular job (receiving the steady income I previously enjoyed), it is exciting to see how the LORD continues to meet ALL of my needs. I was reminded of this yesterday when I went to get my prescription polarized glasses fixed, and they decided to give me a brand new pair for free! It is true as it says in Matthew 6:33 CEV, "Put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well." I will share more news about this as the plans unfold for a property and a little mission base in Haiti.

I am currently visiting the United States with a Haitian pastor/friend (Nestor Pierre) and have enjoyed seeing many of you, and look forward to seeing the rest, if possible. I have two opportunities for this...
Supporting Mom
Last week, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through God's divine timing, I already had my ticket purchased and plans made to be together with my family. Although I didn't know the importance of my presence to my mother and father at this time, God did. Thank you so much for your prayers, especially for healing of my mother (Miriam Arbaugh).

I am having a wonderful time loving, being loved and enjoying time with my family.

Dad, James, Nestor and Mom

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Showing Movies and Amiga Island

I have been in the North of Haiti for a few days now.  I've been partnering with Joel Trimble (Haiti for Christ) to show movies in rural communities.

Getting to a Movie Showing at Labadie Village

Inviting People to Attend the Movie
I have also been able to do some fun activities during the day while here in the area.  One of those fun activities was sport fishing and snorkeling on the reef of Amiga Island.  Please enjoy this video of pictures and video clips taken while on the reef using an underwater camera enclosure.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


On Thursday, June 25th at about 4PM near Gonaives, I was involved in a "little" accident.  A 13 year old girl (Lovely) ran out in front of us as we were going to show movies.  She ran smack into the front fender (side) and bounced backwards.  She left a dent in the fender and broke her arm.  Trying to avoid her, we swerved off the road, over a low shoulder and nearly crashed into a canal; which could have killed us all.  We scooped her up before she got run over by another vehicle or a crowd gathered, and rushed her to the hospital in Gonaives.  She was conscious and gave us a phone number to call her aunt, who she lived with.  It's pretty much a miracle it was no worse than a broken arm.

Lovely and James After Hospital Return Visit

The hospital in Gonaives was unable to operate on her arm for several days, and the family pushed for her to be transferred.  We took her to the Mirebalais University Hospital (about 3 hours drive away), and she was given a return visit for later that week, and they operated.  After the operation, they cleaned the wound and eventually took the stitches out locally in Gonaives. Today we took her back for her return visit.  Everything appears to be OK, and a return visit is scheduled in 2 weeks.

Lovely was a restavek; living with her aunt.  This is a form of modern day slavery.  The father and mother have taken Lovely back home today as a result of the accident.  God can produce good results through our trials!

Things in Haiti aren't as simple as calling 911 and the gecko agent (insurance)!

Thanks so much for your continued prayer for complete healing and resolution.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Our Trip West - May 2015 Video

We are back and rested from our trip West.  We got to see so many wonderful sites including Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Mount Rushmore and the South Dakota Badlands.

Enjoy this video which summarizes the wonderful time that we had.

I plan to return to Haiti next week, where I will be hosting a team doing children's and women's ministry.  After the team leaves, I plan to show movies during summer vacation.  This is always a receptive and welcomed time for showing Christian evangelistic movies.

Thank you for your continued prayers as I seek the Lord for future "full-time" ministry in Haiti. It is exciting to see God at work!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Yellowstone National Park

We ventured into Yellowstone National Park today.  We saw lots of interesting sites.  We stopped for a picnic lunch.  What a great way to spend time with my wonderful mom and dad!

James with Mom and Dad Entering Yellowstone

Dad Enjoying the Scenery

Lake with Hot Springs and Steam Vents

Hot Springs and Steam Vents

Elk Munching

Teton Mountains
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Friends of Jeremie and Vacation

I made a great video of my friends from the Jeremie area.  These are special people that I don't want to ever forget!

We're packed and ready to head out to Yellowstone National Park on vacation.  I'll probably post a few updates along the line.  I don't know when we'll return.  We're playing this trip one day at a time once we get there.  Thanks for your prayers for safe travels.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ministry Update From Jeremie and Vacation

Being out of regular work has it's advantages.  One of them being freedom to do what I want, or freedom to do what God wants.  In my freedom, I spent a month showing movies in the Grand’Anse (Jeremie area) where I used to live.  This was super rewarding and super fun, but exhausting.  I stayed with my Haitian pastor as a base, but went out frequently on overnight trips.  I showed movies 34 times.  There were some kids programs during the day, which made for more than one movie showing per day on average!  I had a few free nights to rest too.  I am still trying to interpret the outcome of this time spent in ministry.  I saw amazing results like I had NEVER seen before while living there.  I don’t know why!  For example, in 2014, I showed movies 79 times and saw 59 decisions for Christ.  During the month in Jeremie, I showed movies 34 times, and saw 141 decisions for Christ. There were also accounts of new believers burning their voodoo fetishes.  I question if God is using the numbers and the testimony to steer me into full-time ministry.  Please pray for me as I'm seeking God's will in this.

All Set Up and Ready to Show Movies
Generator, Screen, Sound, Projector, Action!

Recently another missionary requested I translate the documentary on revival in Figi; Let the Sea Resound.  The trailer in English is here.  I translated the trailer to Haitian Creole already and have shown it a few times getting mixed results.  The initial trailer in Haitian Creole is here. Please pray for me as I'm seeking God's will in this.

Beautiful Beach Near Dame Marie, Haiti

I drew a home/mission base blueprint, in case I should branch out into more ministry and not have housing supplied by my work. When the thought of building a house first came to my mind, I prayed that if it was of the Lord, I would continue thinking about it. I have shared this with family and friends and can’t stop thinking about it.  Please pray for God to provide land at His perfect spot, if this is His will!
Home/Mission Base Floor Plan

I returned to the US and have been visiting family in Virginia.  Next week, m
y mom and dad and I, plan to start a cross-country trip to Wyoming (Old Faithful Geyser).

Thanks for your prayers through this exciting transition in my life/ministry.  Please also pray that organization where I worked that we will soon be able to come to an agreement concerning final compensation per the employment agreement.

Chicken, It's "What's For Dinner!"