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