Friday, December 30, 2011

Vrè Padon (True Forgiveness) Haiti Premiere

We're proud to announce the Haiti premiere of "Vrè Padon" ("True Forgiveness") on Friday, January 13, 2012 at the Final Hour Church located at Archachon 32 in Carrefour, Haiti.  It will be presented along with True Security as part of a Christian Film Festival.

Haiti Premiere Poster/Announcement

Monday, December 26, 2011

Arbaugh Family Documentary

As a Christmas present this year, I helped my parents make a documentary.  It's a documentary of the John Joseph Arbaugh and Miriam Wenger Arbaugh family.  It shows their struggles and joys through the years.  It starts with their family heritage starting with Christian Wenger in Switzerland.  It includes important places they lived and important events in their lives.  It also includes their children and grandchildren.

You can watch the video online...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vrè Padon (True Forgiveness) World Premiere

We're proud to announce the world premiere of "Vrè Padon" ("True Forgiveness") on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 9:00PM at Mountain View Mennonite Church in Lyndhurst, Virginia.

Poster/Flyer for "True Forgiveness" World Premiere

Monday, December 19, 2011

James in Virginia

Greetings to one and all!  I plan to be in Virginia over Christmas and New Years.  I depart Deschapelles, Haiti tomorrow morning VERY early tomorrow morning, and should arrive in Charlottesville, Virginia airport that evening.  I plan to return to Haiti on January 3rd. I would like to extend my greetings to you in person if you are in the area.  I have several special events planned.

Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 9:00AM - Rehoboth Mennonite Church
Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 9:00PM - Mountain View Mennonite Church (True Forgiveness World Premiere)
Sunday, January 1, 2011 - 10:00AM - Waynesboro Mennonite Church
Sunday, January 1, 2011 - 11:00AM - Blue Ridge Church of Christ

Perhaps you would like to attend one or more of them.

Friday, December 9, 2011

New House Inside Ready

The hospital has been asking me occasionally to move to another house. They wanted to close the section of houses where I lived in an attempt to save money. I used a technique I learned at LeTourneau University in cross-cultural orientation. Inaction. They kept offering me sub-par houses in poor locations with too close of neighbors. Finally they offered me Kay 64, and I took the dive and accepted the challenge of moving to a new house.

For me, moving to a new house was no small task. First off, I wanted the house to be as nice as the house where I lived previously. The house I had before was practically brand new. All of the other houses they offered (although bigger) were all run-down and in need of major repair work. I had a team in October/November (including my folks), who helped get the new house cleaned, window frames stripped of paint and stained. Jimmie (responsible for campus housing/construction/maintenance) sent crews to fix the leaky roof, paint, electrical rewiring and fix other various problems.

Secondly, I had a lot of "comfort conveniences" that needed to be moved. This included Maggie's radio fence, satellite dishes, water tanks, water filter, water heater, lights, etc. Moving has proved to be no small task, but it's completed. I've left Kay 104 on Saturday and have been at Kay 64 ever since. Although moved, I'm no where near unpacked. It's starting to get the feel of "home".

Bathroom
Living Room
Kitchen

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dos Pilon Singing Group

I thought you may enjoy seeing a singing group from the annual church party at Oasis of Faith Christian Church in Dos Pilon. This is one of the special singing groups that sang in the yearly church party on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Nice harmony. Interesting dancing. Good footwork! This is an above average countryside quartet for Haiti!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vrè Padon (True Forgiveness) Trailer and Synopsis

This is the trailer of Vrè Padon (True Forgiveness).


Missionary James Productions ap prezante Vrè Padon, yon istwa de padon ki swiv istwa Jose François ki kòmanse nan Vrè Sekerite a.  Istwa sa montre enpòtans padon lèzòm avèk nesesite padon Bondye. Fritznel se youn nan gang ki te kase kay Jose, men aprè li aksepte Kris epi chache mache nan chemen levanjil.  Li fè tout sa ki depann de li pou jwenn padon pou mal li te fè, li mem mande machin nan pou l' kapab remèt li.  Men lòt manm gang nan pa dakò.  Yo chache yon fason pou fè misye ret bèbè.  Jose genyen pou padone Fritznel tou, paske li vin konnen se li menm menm ki te vòlò lakay li.  Finalman lè youn nan lòt vòlè yo wè la fwa Fritznel ak Jose nan aksyon, li deside mache avèk Jezi tou. Tout imaj yo nèt se an Ayiti yo filme yo, avèk aktè Ayisyen sa yo, se yon bagay kap fè fanmi ou ak zanmi ou anvi gade fim sa a plizyè fwa.


Missionary James Productions presents True Forgiveness, a story of forgiveness that follows the story of Jose Francois that starts in True Security. This story shows the importance of forgiveness among men, and the need for God's forgiveness. Fritznel is a gang member that broke into Jose's house, but afterwards he accepted Christ and seeks to live as a Christian should. He does everything that depends on him to get forgiveness for the bad he did, he even asks for the car so he can return it. But the other gang members don't agree. They seek a way to silence him. Jose needs to forgive Fritznel too, because he learns that he was with the gang that stole from his house. Finally when one of the other thieves see the faith of Fritznel and Jose in action, he decides to walk with Jesus too. Filmed entirely in Haiti, with Haitian actors, it will make your family and friends want to see this movie again and again.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Roof Rack Installed

More than a year after the roof rack was ordered, it has finally been installed on the "White Wonder of God's Provision".
James Checking out the Roof Rack

Saturday, July 23, 2011

"True Forgiveness" Production

The shooting and editing of "True Forgiveness" is well underway.  The team from Eastern Mennonite University arrived with my brother on July 13th as planned.  We shot all of the scenes that take place in Port-au-Prince starting July 14th.  On Wednesday, July 20th, we took our sabbath.  We went to Boutilier, where the radio towers overlook Port-au-Prince. 

The Movie Crew
On Wednesday afternoon, we returned back to the house in Port-au-Prince, loaded up, and came back to my house in Deschapelles.  We spent the rest of this week doing rough edits of the scenes we shot in Port-au-Prince.  Today we're working on the rough edit of the last remaining scene.

If you care to follow the views of one of the crew, visit http://joaquincsosa.com.

Hopefully we'll have a trailer to post in the next few days.

Thanks for your continued prayers!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ready to Shoot

I'm ready to head off to Port-au-Prince for the final practicing and then shooting of "True Forgiveness".

Praises:
·         We’re completing the final preparations to shoot the new movie!  The following details have been resolved…
  • Actors have been found, and they are well underway on memorizing their parts.
  • Bunk beds in Deschapelles have been found and setup.
  • Special Effects are together for the gunshot. 
  • New vehicle is doing great!
  • My brother is coming to help shoot the new movie.
  • We have arrangements for a house to stay in in Port-au-Prince.
Prayer Requests:            
  • ·         Pray that the actors will take their practice/shoot times seriously; be there, and be on-time.
  • ·         Pray for the students who are coming to help with the new movie…
    •  Justin Roth
    •  Kelby Miller
    • Stephen Kniss
    •  Joaquin Sosa
·         Pray for all the details to be put into place for the new movie
  • A car to rent/borrow like in “True Security” in “like new” shape
  • Funding 
  •  Pray for victory in the unseen battle

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"True Forgiveness" Movie Practice

We have been working on "True Forgiveness" off-and-on since the completion of "True Security".  The script was written, then it sat stagnant for a year waiting for a movie crew to come available.  And for a new "main" actor to be found.  Starting last fall, we were promised the support of a team of media students from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU).  The adviser (Jerry Holsopple) has held up his end of the deal, and has recruited 4 excellent students to come help on the project this summer.  They are...
  • Justin Reuben Roth
  • Kelby Lynne Miller
  • Stephen Charles Kniss
  • Joaquin Carlos Sosa 
The movie author (Edner Fleuridor) and I have not been sitting idle.  In April, we had our casting call, and did actor auditions (interviews).  After choosing the new actors (and keeping a few of the old ones around), we distributed the scripts to the actors.  They started to memorize their parts so we could do actor practices.  In May and June was have been having regular actor practices, trying to ensure all of the actors know there parts.  Some have taken place in Port-au-Prince, and others have been done in Deschapelles.  

Prayer Time with Actors before Practice

Although we're running a little bit behind on fundraising, we continue to reimburse the actors for their transportation costs, as well as provide food/lodging for them during the practices.  Everyone who helps with this project does so on a volunteer basis; author, producer, director, actors, film crew, etc.

This has been a fun and exhausting project thus far, and we continue to trust the Lord to make our efforts into something that He can use to further His kingdom; enabling people to hear the gospel message in a contemporary format. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bombardopolis Election Result Manifestations

The video below displays the frustration of the local people in the Northwest part of Haiti over the election results as they march in the street.  The local candidates they voted for weren't the announced winners. So, they blocked the roads over this past weekend; coming and going to the cities of Bombardopolis and Mare Rouge.  They cut trees down across the road.  Some places they dug deep ditches across to make it impossible to drive through.  They burned tires.  They marched in the streets.  The UN supposedly shot someone, and others were arrested and taken to Port-de-Paix.  Rumor on the street also had it that someone's house was burnt down.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Changes at Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti During the Past Seven Years

Celebrating my 7th anniversary with Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, I decided to make a video showing some of the changes that have taken place.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Woman's Conference Team

After an exhausting and refreshing week, the team hosting woman's conferences has departed.  I took them back to the airport this morning.  We had a lovely time ministering to the woman of the Oasis of Faith Christian Church, and the Mennonite Churches.  A three-day conference was held at Maissade (near Hinche) for the Oasis of Faith ladies.  A one day conference was held in Payen (Liancourt) for the Mennonite ladies.

Oasis of Faith Christian Church Woman's Conference Attendees in Maissade

Below is a video clip of the 2011 Oasis of Faith Woman's Conference which was held it Maissade, Haiti. It shows the ladies worshiping the Lord in a new form.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Gilbert Church Windows Installed

While the medical team was here, we were able to install the windows at the Gilbert Mennonite Church.  It was a long and hard climb up the mountain.  We carried the windows on the back of the vehicle on a receiver cargo carrier.  We also had luggage (medical supplies) on the front receiver carrier! 
Gilbert Mennonite Church

New Window Installed (Closed)

New Window Installed (Open)

The Pump at Laraquint is Fixed

While the medical team was here, we were able to fix the pump at Laraquint.  It required pulling the pump and installing new leathers.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Travels and Teams

I'll have to put aside movies this weekend as I plan to attend the Fellowship Bible Church (FBC) World Outreach Weekend (WOW) in Longview, Texas.  This will be a special time to share with those interested in my ministry and catch-up with friendships from years past. Please pray for safety in travel and that God would call additional workers to the harvest field through these activities.

Two days after I return from Texas, I am scheduled to host a medical team from Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMM). We also plan to install windows in the Gilbert Church, and attempt to fix a pump at the Laraquint Church.

A little more than a week after the medical team departs, I have another team coming to serve by holding woman's conferences in Maissade and Liancourt.

Please pray for Rubens (my staff at the hospital) as he has to hold the fort down himself.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More Movie Trips, More Fun!

It's always fun going out to remote villages, setting up the big screen, and showing movies.  What's even more fun is to see the fruit of changed lives, especially those that make a decision to follow Christ.  It's also fun to hang out with the people, learn of their struggle for survival, and play with their kids.

Playing Frisbee
Arrested by a Kindergarten Cop!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Movie Results - New Believers

Last weekend I went to Lonci, Las Callobas.  I stayed in Las Callobas (the town), and ever afternoon went out to a rural section called Lonci.  We showed moves on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night.  We had excellent turnout.  The Holy Spirit was also at work as we saw a whole crowd of kids and youth that decided to accept Christ!  The leaders divided the crowd up between those that already went to church somewhere, and those that were making a first time confession of faith.  There were 12 who made a first time decision to follow Christ.  It's always exciting to see fruit from my labor.  Even when there are no obvious signs, I trust God is doing something special in each of their lives.

New Believers in Christ
I was especially touched by a father who requested I take a picture of his three children that accepted Christ that night.  He wanted to remind them in the future of their decision to walk with the Lord that day!

Father with his 3 children that accepted Christ!
 
As I am out again this weekend, please remember to lift us up in your prayers!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Movie Night

Last Tuesday evening, we had a crowd of people at Miro to watch Le Combat and La Solution.  They seemed to really enjoy it.  The local pastor gave a compelling invitation.  They have asked me to come again to another nearby location.

Movie Night at Miro

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Haiti Earthquake Refelections

Last evening (January 12, 2011) one year to the day, after the big earthquake, the ground shook yet again.  This time the earthquake was centered far to the East, and of low magnitude.  I didn't even feel it, but others reported feeling the ground shake.  It's just a reminder that we live in a fragile universe.  I had some reflections for the anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake.  Please read on if you're interested...

What were your primary concerns in the week after the quake?
•    Getting status of friends in Port-au-Prince area
•    Finding lost friends
•    Comforting the widow and kids of my friend (who disappeared in the quake)
•    Keeping communication systems up and running at the hospital
•    Keeping up with email and questions from abroad.
•    Helping prepare for, coordinate and host medical teams through VMM.

How have they changed?
•    Some of these concerns still exist, some of the unknowns are now known.  For example, my friend that still hasn’t shown up is dead.

How has the atmosphere at your hospital changed?
•    The hospital where I work was extremely busy, with lots of patients coming from Port-au-Prince.  This had a short-term effect of a ton of patients.  Then the additional health providers arrived.  This brought in new life to the hospital that was struggling financially.  It also brought in a psychological counseling center and a prosthetics manufacturing group.  All of these new groups of people has been revitalized yet again with the helping hand of visitors coming to help treat the cholera patients.  There is now more access to resources like helicopter for air evacuation, and more sharing of knowledge and resources among organizations.

How has the landscape around you changed?
•    If you were interviewing someone in Port-au-Prince they would probably mention the crumbled buildings that still need to be cleaned up or the slow construction of new buildings.  Funds were sent within the first weeks after the quake for the Oasis of Faith Christian Church, and that building has been rebuilt and is one bright spot in the slow rebuilding story.

What have you learned?
•    I’ve learned that God has everything in His control.  The timing of the earthquake was ideal.  About 5PM, many people were outside on their way home from work or school, which saved their lives.  Rainy season was still months away which was fortunate for the people living in tents.  After hearing story after story of survivors and the close encounters they had with death, God has everything in his control;  Missionaries who had just finished shopping at the Caribbean Market that collapsed.  People who were talking on their cell phones and stepped outside to hear better.  You’re not going to die unless God allows it!
•    I also learned that people will taking advantage of the situation.  For example, I have a friend who’s house was partially damaged, but she opted to live in the tent city so her child could be part of “school” activities, and she would qualify for food and other free handouts.
•    When visiting the tent cities right after the quake the typical response was “What do you have to give me, White?”  Even on days that we were not having clinic, but just doing announcement for the film in the evening, they seemed happy just to know that we were there, that God loved them, and that we loved and cared about them too!
•    The Haitian people really cared for each other.  They always seemed happy to share what they had among others, even in these difficult circumstances.  One day at a tent city, there was someone asking what I had for them, and I said I had nothing.  They had a bowl of food in their hands, and I suggested (jokingly) that they give me some.  They seemed honored to share with me.

What do you wish had been done differently?
•    I wish I could have done more.  All of the people who suffered through these events.  I wish I could have done more than sit paralyzed in my office at the hospital trying to keep communications going.  I wish I could have been more practical.  I wish I was part of a prepared disaster first-responder group.  I wish I had been able to provide basic necessities immediately after the crisis.

Is the community around you still dealing with the effects of the quake daily?
•    Even today they continue to fit and make prosthetics.  I can hear the machines working from my house.
•    Yes, the earthquake here will NEVER be forgotten.  We had a special commemorative ceremony yesterday morning (the one-year anniversary of the quake) to remember our fallen comrades.
 
Thinking over these questions and remembering everything that has transpired has provoked deep emotions in me.  I’m not sure if I should rejoice, or cry, or what.  All of that and it’s been a whole year since it all happened.