Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ministry Update, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Life in Haiti has been nothing but boring. I have had a very busy time since my return from the Philippines and Korea. My time has been consumed by work at the hospital (which seems like more work than usual). I have also spent a LOT of time doing media ministry. I went out every weekend in November, and the first two weekends in December (including two extra long weekends).

Children's Ministry in the Sun
Children's Ministry at the Beach

You can view all of the pictures taken during the December 2013 trip to Anse Rouje in the Photo Gallery.

One of my other "little" projects was creating a video for United Haitian Restoration and Hephrata Mission.  I recorded some interviews of the founding pastor (Nestor Pierre) and some of the children that have experienced his ministry.

I was watching movies with the children while out one weekend recently. The movie that was playing included the part in Genesis where Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the forbidden tree. As Eve plucked the red fruit from the tree and admired it lustfully, the kid sitting next to me exclaimed "No! Don't do it!" Apparently, he heard the story before and knew how sin entered the world and how we became separated from God.

I'm thankful for God's provision of the ultimate lamb/blood sacrifice which allows us to restore the relationship with God. It was Jesus; a perfect lamb, born in a barn! Philippians 2:5-8 reminds us how we should have the same mindset as Christ, in our relationship with others.

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Please have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Traditional Filipino Group

During the 2012 OpenMRS Implementers Meeting, in Silang, Philippines on Thursday, 11-October-2012, we had special entertainment in the evening. It featured a traditional Filipino group, that played instruments made mainly out of bamboo.  It was really different and interesting.  I caught some of it on video. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Philippines and Seoul Pictures

I have safely returned from a long (two-week) trip to the orient.  I visited the Philippines and Seoul, South Korea. It was interesting to see how different these places are compared to the other places I've visited previously.  My highlight was the day I spent in Seoul with a friend, Bo, who was able to show me the sights and tell me what foods I would like best.  I took lots of pictures during the trip.

Gyeongbokgung Palace Entrance

Statue of Brothers, War Memorial of Korea

My Philippine Pictures are here…

My Seoul pictures are here…

Friday, October 12, 2012


I have now been in the Philippines for several days.  It is a wonderful most interesting country!  The OpenMRS conference has been outstanding.  The place the conference was held (and where we stayed) has been comfortable and super well organized too.  In general the people are very respectful and friendly.

Thursday we went on a site visit to see OpenMRS in use by the public health department clinics. We had the following entertainment in the restaurant in Manila after our clinic tour.  The group played and the girl danced for one song too.

Today, after the conference session, I went to visit the Taal Volcano. It was a beautiful lake with a volcano formed island.  We crossed the lake in a stylish motorboat.  We then rode horse to the top of the volcano where we were able to look down at the lake in the middle of the crater.  There were gases coming out of the rocks along the trail, and down in the crater.  There is even an island in the middle of the crater.

Taal Volcano Crater with Lake and Mountains Behind

Taal Volcano Island

Tomorrow, I plan to go to Baguio for the weekend.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Western Caribean Cruise

I just returned from a Western Caribbean Cruise with my folks.  We visited Cozumel Mexico, Belize, Roatan, Honduras and Grand Cayman.  Watch this short video to get a glimpse of the beautiful countries we explored, the historic ruins we visited, and the wonderful time we had!

You can see all of the pictures I took on the trip in the Wal-Mart Photo Gallery.

My next trip is quickly approaching (October 6-20). I plan to visit The Philippines and Seoul, Korea.  I'm making the trip to participate in the OpenMRS Implementers Meetings.

Monday, August 27, 2012


Isaac has finished passing through Haiti.  There were reports of high water and flooding in Port-au-Prince.  American Airlines canceled their flights, and some roads were closed because of concern of bridges that might get washed out.  There were no problems in Deschapelles to my knowledge.  I stayed here the weekend because it was windy where I was planning to go to show movies in Gwomon.  We will reschedule those movies for another time.

Thanks for all of your thoughts, prayers and concerns for me and for Haiti.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Generic Update

Greeting from Haiti.  As hurricane Isaac approaches I wanted to ask for your prayer for the nation.  Pray especially for me as I'm scheduled to go out this weekend to show movies in a remote place (La Pye, Gowmon).  It includes hiking up a mountain with the movie equipment.  There may or may not be a place to show movies inside should it rain during movie showing time.  Ask for special wisdom on if I should cancel the trip or not.  May God be glorified through us no matter the weather.  You can track the progress of Isaac here...

The Night We Were Rained In Last Weekend

The Cruise
I plan to spend a few days in September with my folks in Miami.  I hope to do some shopping.  Then we plan to take a cruise together.  We are scheduled to visit Cozumel Mexico, Belize, Mahogany Bay Isla Roatan and Grand Cayman.  I plan to be gone from September 19th through the 29th.

2012 OpenMRS Implementers Meetings
I was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2012 OpenMRS Implementers Meetings in the Philippines.  I will go to represent Hospital Albert Schweitzer and the work that I have done here with our electronic medical records with OpenMRS.  It will be as much of a learning experience as it will be a sharing experience.  I plan to spend a few days after the conference seeing the country.  I also plan to stop in Seoul for several days on the way home.  I plan to be gone from October 6th through the 20th.

Adler of Gonaives

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Gwomon Ministry-Fun

Last weekend I spent in a remote section of Gwomon.  I really like the area because it has so much wild and rugged terrain; big mountains, rivers (some which you drive through to get there), mud (in season), and few people scattered here and there.  Because of a death at the church where I was scheduled to go, we went to a different area.  The pastor there didn't have the full details.  He didn't know it was for the whole weekend (he thought it was Friday night only), and he didn't know the scope and effectiveness of my ministry.  He didn't know me.

Friday night we had a moderate turn out given the short notice given before the event. We walked out the road and back inviting people to come.  They were lamenting that they didn't have a megaphone, but the message was disseminated that James had arrived and we were going to show movies that night.  Some of the kids joined us in the announcement brigade.  One of them asked if I liked mango.  I said yes, and he said he would give me some. The next day he came carrying a bag full of beautiful mango Fransik for me.

Saturday morning we had a program just for kids; with singing and prayer done by the kids, as well as several movies with questions interspersed.  We included invitations for anyone to accept Christ too.  Nine of the children made the decision to follow Jesus after the first movie; Le Combat.  Two of the children that brought mango for me decided to accept Jesus too.  They gave Jesus their life, and me their mango.  What sacrificial giving!

Children's Program

After the morning program, the pastor invited everyone to go along for a dip in the swimin' hole.  We walked the long way so the kids could fetch some more mango from the trees along the way.  We all enjoyed mango and a nice swim.  It started on rain on the way back to the house.

Eating our Mango in the River

The weekend was coordinated by a pastor I met several years ago.  I always enjoyed ministering with him.  He is very small in stature, and I've given him the nickname "Little Zacchaeus".  Although his body is small, his heart is large.  When it was time for me to return home, we stopped at his house to drop him off.  He went to his garden and picked a whole bag full of fresh "greens" for me to take along home.  He and his wife have ten children; one of them is married and has a child that live with them too.  Certainly he needed that food to feed his family, but he knew that I liked them and wanted to share with me.  Let's learn to give gifts that count!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Wycliffe - In Other Words

Wycliffe Bible Translators has started a game called "In Other Words" as a method of promoting their work and ministry and increasing understanding of the Bible translation process.

Living and working in a foreign country (Haiti) I have gained a special appreciation for the Bible being available in my heart language!  I'm confused by the continued usage of French in worship and personal study when the Bible is available in Haitian Creole. I think part of the problem is pride; showing off that they are educated and can read French.  Part of the problem is availability and financial restraints; it's easy to get Bibles and New Testaments in French and they cost less than Creole.  Part of the problem is few pastor training materials are available in Creole, so any pastor with a formal Bible education has studied in French.  Please pray for the expanded usage of Creole in Haitian worship services and that we will be changed from the washing of God's word in our heart language!

Remember to signup and play "In Other Words" and share the ongoing work of Wycliffe with others.

Friday, May 11, 2012

James Serves as Expert Panelist for OpenMRS Implementers Panel

Many clinical organizations are working to implement an electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record (EHR) to digitize their work and improve the care they can provide.  However, many have questions about how to choose an EMR and how to implement these programs.

That is why at GHDonline, on the week of May 14, we're going to have four experienced implementers leading an Expert Panel Discussion, OpenMRS Implementers: Experiences and Lessons Learned, to discuss topics such as:
  • Why did they choose OpenMRS for their electronic medical record?
  • What benefits have they seen since the implementation?
  • What were unexpected (or perhaps expected) problems that arose?
  • What were some of the challenges in implementing an EMR?
OpenMRS is an open source EMR with a community of hundreds of implementers and developers, that have implemented this system in over 130 sites in 50 countries (, including the US, South Africa, Germany, the Philippines, and Chile. Further, both the Rwandan and Kenyan governments have chosen OpenMRS for the implementation of their national eHealth infrastructure.

The Expert Panelists include:
  • Evelyn Castle
  • James Arbaugh
  • Burke Mamlin
  • Dave Thomas
If you'd like to participate in the discussion or just see their comments, sign up at

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Many Mothers

Living, working and ministering in Haiti has its share of challenges. These challenges include the cultural differences of working with multinational and multilingual colleagues.  It includes making a lower salary; if I was working a job in the United States with my education and work experience, I would be making 3 or 4 times the money. It includes the physical exhaustion from hard work; for example when a work team comes to put a church roof on.  (The foreigners have trouble with the heat so I am frequently on the roof in the hot sun more than anyone else, because I am can take it.) There is also the challenge of sleeping when the bus drives by my house at 3:15AM and blows the horn, and the other bus that does the same at 4AM and the bus at 5 or 6AM likewise. Finally there is the challenge of being away from one's family.

I would like to reflect on being away from family for a moment; specifically of being away from my mother.  I choose my mother not because it's Mother's Day this month.

Jesus said, "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.  Matthew 19:29 NIV"

I can say with my whole heart that this is true based on my experiences. I have a maid that takes care of me like her own son.  She cooks for me, she makes my bed, she washes and irons my clothes, and she gives me advice.  She goes to the market to buy produce; she sees that I am in the best of health by properly cleaning fresh vegetables and providing a balanced variety in my diet.  She gives me advice like; "Don't pick up people you don't know," and asks motherly questions like "Did you get home early last night?”  She explains things I don't understand like what certain words mean in Creole.  My maid is one of the 100 "mothers" that Jesus has promised to provide for me because I have left my mother for his sake.

"Mother Violette" in the Kitchen

As most of you know, I spend most of my time in Deschapelles with "Mother Violette" caring for me.  But my main ministry involves leaving home and going out in ministry.  I show Christian evangelistic movies and sometimes teach a seminar or preach.  When I arrive for the weekend, I'm given a home to stay in.  I'm always given the best!  Each weekend I go out, I get to stay in one of the 100 "homes" God has given me.  Likewise, I am usually met by a mother (and father) who are eager to see that all of my needs are met.  For example, last weekend, my "mother" ensured that I was served and fed properly.  Several times she served my plate and gave me bigger portions and arranged things artistically to make me feel special.  My "father" took me to his garden and we drank coconut water together.  Earlier he had gone to get some grapefruit so my "mother" could make juice for me. The couple I stayed with is one of the 100 "fathers" and "mothers" that Jesus has promised to provide for me because I have left my father and mother for his sake.

If your earthly mother didn't/doesn't do all of these things for you, all I can say "I'm so sorry for you!"  God has blessed me with wonderful mothers!

I want to express a very happy Mother's Day to my earthly mothers; both my fleshly mother (Miriam Arbaugh) and my spiritually given ones!  You are precious to me!  I love you!

Monday, April 9, 2012

More Movie Action

Last weekend (over Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter) I spent in Corosol.  This is a remote village outside of Gwomon, at the border of the Artibonite and Northwest departments of Haiti.  We drove off of the main road, and then turned onto a newly cut trail.  It had a section so steep that one of the folks that was with me exclaimed that my vehicle could climb up and down a coconut tree!  We used 4-wheel-drive and the air lockers, and maintained perfect control and traction at all times.  This was only the second time a vehicle had ever driven on that road.  After driving to the end of the "road" we parked and hiked in with the help of the community carrying the equipment.  We had a really enjoyable time; showing movies, playing games with the kids, and fellowshipping together.

Children's Program at Corosol
Children's Program at Corosol
Girl From Corosol
Girl From Corosol
Recently I received this encouragement from a coworker in Christ...
Tonight we showed Vre Padon in Port Salut with great reaction . You certainly did a great job with it, souls are being added to the Kingdom of God as a result of your diligent effort . I consider it both an honor and a privilege to have you as a friend . Yours to reach Haiti, Joel

Please continue to pray for wisdom as we seek another media project.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Faith Baptist Church of Salas

Many of you have been praying for the construction project at the Faith Baptist Church of Salas.  Last weekend I was able to go to Salas to see the progress that has been made.  Most apparent is the physical construction. Check out these pictures that tell the story how a church that was damaged in hurricanes and earthquake has been rebuilt (at least mostly rebuilt).

Salas Church - Before
Salas Church - After
There is still a lot of work left to be done on the Salas church building.  There is still some block that needs to be laid, and a bond beam needs to be poured around the top of the walls.  The eves need to be blocked up.  The walls need to be parged, and the floor needs to be poured.  More benches are going to be necessary the way this church is growing!

To see this building at the top of a mountain (in Salas) is a feat in itself.  The church members had to carry tons of sand and rock because the dump-trucks can't make it to where the church is located.  It takes 4-wheel-drive to get there.

The church building is not the only place improvements are being made.  The mother church in Verettes has sent a pastor to help in the church leadership for a period of two years.  During this time, he will be mentoring the leaders in the zone to develop their knowledge, character and ability.  This also involves training seminars in Salas (which I presented two during the weekend) and others that the leaders go down the mountain to attend.

Students in my "Types of Evangelism" Seminar
We had a great outcome from the showing of True Security and True Forgiveness.  We had people make first-time decisions for Christ and re-dedications after both of these movies.


If you feel called to participate in meeting the physical church construction needs (or spiritual ones) please let me know.  They would be most thankful for a leg-up.  I pray that you will feel continually called to pray for the Salas Church, and my ministry here in Haiti.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dr Hatter Medical Mission Team - Part 2

It's bittersweet, but our time in Haiti has come to an end.  We have now seen about 780 patients in five days of clinic, and to sum it up: we're exhausted, amazed, and blessed.  Sunday afternoon we traveled to Gilbert to be ready for clinic Monday morning.  As we neared the church in Gilbert, children came from everywhere and ran after our truck.  They were so excited to see us!  After unloading our supplies and having dinner at the pastor's home, we had an evening church service with the congregation.  The church was packed with standing room only and it was a wonderful time of singing, praying, clapping, drumming, and dancing in the aisles.  Pastor Mark brought the message on true forgiveness.  As the church service went on, people would come in carrying banana mats.  We all wondered if they were bringing them for us or if they were staying the night with us.  After church we learned... the banana mats were for us, but lots of people were sleeping over in order to be first at clinic the next morning.  We all spread out on the floor in the church, our team as well as about thirty Haitians.  The night involved very little sleep... with the sick children coughing, people snoring, shining flashlights, slamming metal doors, children giggling, people having conversation, the wind storm that came, and a very cold night.  Needless to say, we were up early and were able to start clinic at 6:40am! 
The team on the way to Gilbert
All the people that slept over with us
James playing with the children
Tuesday was our free day.  In the morning, Ida Fern and James made us AMAZING homemade donuts.  It was such a treat!  We got to enjoy them as we counted out medicines for our last two clinics.  We counted out over 1000 bags of medicine.  In the afternoon, James took several of us on a hike to a beautiful water fall.  It was so refreshing to be able to swim in the spring!

Our delicious treat!
Wednesday and Thursday we had clinics and Delonye and Tapion.  We had successful days at both clinics.  Tonight we have been packing up medicines for next year and getting our belongings together to head out tomorrow.  Please pray for a safe day of travel for us tomorrow.  We have a long day ahead of us, but are excited to get home to see our families.  Thanks for all your continued love and prayers.  We have had a very productive and positive week.  We all feel so very blessed.
Doc, Jenny, and Elaine seeing a patient

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dr Hatter Medical Mission Team

James wanted to use this picture because it's good of him... please ignore the fact that I (Bridgett) am apparently sleeping.

Dr. Hatter and Elaine with a Patient (Mme Rodrique)

Our medical team arrived here in Haiti Thursday evening.  We had good travel, but we did have a difficult time getting through customs with our fourteen suitcases of medication.  They wanted to look through a lot of the bags, and check expiration dates on the medications and had a lot of questions about what we were doing and what documentation we had with us.  Fortunately, we were able to get through with everything we brought.  Friday morning, we had our first clinic at Payen.  We saw about 150 patients who had a variety of complaints.  They had interesting ways of describing their ailments, and it was often challenging to try and interpret their symptoms.  The clinic was very organized and we were blessed with a delicious breakfast and lunch of rice and beans, bread, and chicken legs.  Saturday morning, we traveled by truck, boat, and foot to our clinic at LaRaquint.  Our medication suitcases were carried by motorcycle and mule, so we used many forms of transportation to get there.  We saw about 140 patients at this clinic.  We saw a lot of children with fungal skin infections and gave out a lot of the donated anti-fungal creams.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!  We got up this morning, had breakfast and watched an American church service on TV, and are getting ready to travel about four hours to Gilbert, for our clinic tomorrow morning.  Please pray for safe travel, good rest, and another successful clinic tomorrow.  We are having great fellowship and enjoying each others company.  Thank you for all the prayers, support, and love.  We are all healthy and happy and feeling your love from across the ocean.  Well, everyone but James is happy... he's still upset that Jenny left his double boiler in the States. :) 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Christian Film Festival (Joel's Perspective)

10,000 watch film at Second Anniversary January 12 marked the two-year anniversary of Haiti's killer quake. Our services drew thousands of survivors seeking spiritual and emotional healing from that tragic disaster. My commitment to minister began with a Christian film festival and mushroomed to preaching three consecutive nights. I invited American missionary writer and producer James Arbaugh to Port au Prince with two actors from his latest film. They were thrilled to be in the 'big" city; and stayed in our home for the premier of their film Real Forgiveness. Response to the movie was overwhelming and it was an honor to bless this fellow missionary.  

Thanks for a wonderful weekend! Thanks for all your help to make the Vrè Padon premiere a success! Thanks for taking such good care of us, running us up and down the mountain, and feeding us (especially for the green egg experience). My guys mentioned that if they lived with you, they would forget about their home. Thanks for the fellowship and advice in ministry! Thank you also for seeing that the DVD's get sent out to the TV stations. What a blessing for the nation! 

I will be providing a copy of this full-length movie to 100 local television stations that air La Bonne Nouvelle. It is one more tool of creative evangelism that fully explains the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and calls men to confess their sins. Winning Haiti for Christ is a team effort and we pray for and praise God for our team members like James! The first night of Quake Anniversary services brought over 10,000 people out to worship the Lord and glorify His name with their rededication. I preached in the Carrefour Soccer Stadium. Carrefour is the most heavily populated area of Port au Prince affected by the 7.0 quake.

Joel and Yvonne Trimble

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Vrè Padon (True Forgiveness) Haiti Premiere Pictures

It's with great excitement that we have officially released Vrè Padon (True Forgiveness) in Haiti. Here are some pictures of the premiere last weekend. Click on the pictures to see them larger.

Joel Trimble our Host

James Adjusting Projector

James Explaining Movie

People Watching

James with Actors

Jn Renel - Police 2

Franchard - Voice on Radio

Belchatzar - Ti Kok

Azi - Doctor Reginald

Berthude - Girlfriend

New Believers

Youth Accepting Christ

Praying with New Believers

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Vrè Padon (True Forgiveness) Documentary

Tonight (January 14, 2012) "True Forgiveness" has officially been released in Haiti. We proudly present this video which shares the cast and crew reflections of the making of "True Forgiveness". It includes special behind-the-scenes footage. It also includes secrets of how the special effects were done. This video is in Haitian Creole, with English subtitles.