Monday, October 21, 2013

More Kenya Pictures

I'm excited to report that I have safely returned home to Jeremie, Haiti.

I have been able to upload the remainder of the Kenya Pictures.

Overloaded Bus

See the gallery of things I saw on the train trip between Nairobi and Mombasa (Diani Beach) here... Kenya - Nairobi to Mombasa

See the gallery of pictures from Ray of Hope here...
Kenya - Ray of Hope

See the gallery of things I saw on safari here...
Kenya - Safari

Here Kitty Kitty

Friday, October 18, 2013

Time in Kenya Finished

My "holiday" in Kenya is now drawing to an end.  Early tomorrow morning I shall set out to the airport for my LONG trip home. I've seen so many wonderful and exciting things here.

Orphan Elephants

On Sunday, I visited a local church in Nairobi; Jesus Come Revival Ministry.  They really know how to pray and worship.

On Monday, I visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. I got to see baby orphan elephants up close.

See the gallery from things I saw in/around Nairobi here... Kenya - Nairobi Gallery

On Monday night, I set out to Mombasa via Train.  The train was very bouncy, but a fun experience. I had a 2nd class suite to myself, including a bed and sink. I also had breakfast, dinner and lunch on the train in the dining car.  Unfortunately, it arrived about 8 hours late, which fortunately meant I got to see many kilometers of Kenyan back-country. It was quite beautiful.

Tuesday night and Wednesday I spent at "Ray of Hope" with a friend of the family.  It's a children's home.  I had a lot of fun with the kids, and helping my friend organize the library. They gave me the special guest treatment, including serving me meat! I provided the entertainment; I showed them LeCombat off of my laptop.

Thursday and Friday I went on safari.  My friend from Ray of Hope went along.  We saw many wonderful and amazing things the Lord has created.  We saw elephants, giraffes, buffalo, lions, impala, dig-digs, eagles and other things that are super cool and interesting that I can't remember their names.

I plan to upload all of the pictures, so stay tuned to this blog for more updates for the announcement of the remaining pictures.

As always, thanks for your prayers!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

From Eldoret to Nairobi

Greetings from Kenya.  I took a fun and beautiful bus trip from Eldoret to Nairobi.  It was especially fun because some of the university computer science students who attended the OpenMRS meetings were also on their way home and on the bus with me.

Kenya is very diverse and incredibly beautiful.

Kenya Beauty
Kenya Beauty - Between Eldoret and Nairobi
Zebras
To view all of the pictures I've taken on the trip thus far, including the OpenMRS Conference and site visits, visit the Photo Gallery.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

OpenMRS Site Visit in Kenya

I'm having a great time in Kenya, attending the OpenMRS Implementer's Meetings. I'm learning so much. Every now and then I even get to teach another implementer a new trick. Today was "site visit" day, where by we split up into groups and visited "local" healthcare facilities using OpenMRS. I was on the group that visited Koilot Health Center.  It was a little more than an hours bus ride from Eldoret.

Sign Pointing to Koilot Health Center
The Actual Clinic
We got a nice tour of the facility.  This included a basic flow of patients, including visiting consultation/counseling rooms, lab, and "server room". When asked about training, and how she learned to use the system, she said, "The system is simple to use, and it doesn't require a computer degree to use it."  They also said, compared to writing on paper, the EMR was easier to complete their daily tasks.  Unfortunately, it's necessary to keep the paper records because of frequent power outages.

Nurse in Charge Explains Reporting
Power outages were their main complaint about the reliability of the system. They use nComputing thin-clients, which helps lower their power consumption.  I'm told the voltage in Kenya is supposed to be 240-volts at 50-hertz.  According to their power strip, it looks like it was about 60-volts!  Something wasn't working quite like it was supposed to!

Low Voltage

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vrè Sekirite a (True Security) Trailer and Synopsis

This is the trailer of Vrè Sekirite a (True Security).
Missionary James Productions ap presante Vrè Sekirite a, yon istwa ki chaje ak pasyon kote anpil bagay materyèl pèdi men gen yon viktwa espirityèl. Kote Jose François te okipe’l anpil de byen materyèl li te achte ak lajan papa’l te mouri kite pou li. Malgre gwo mezi sekirite li pran pou kay li ak machin li nan yon sèl nwit li te pèdi tout bagay, lè volè yo te antre nan kay la. Menm kan madanm li se kretyen, e Jose te menm konn tande mesaj levajil la, li te pito konte sou byen materyèl li yo pase pou’l te ete lafwa’l nan Jezi Kri. Aprè ke li te fin pèdi tout bagay, menm lavi’l tou, se lè sa a ke Jose vin reyalize ke Jezi se sèl Vrè Sekirite nan mete lapè ant  Bondye ak moun. Se sa ki vin pouse Jose aksepte Jezi kòm sovè’l, epi viv ak yon lòt objektif nan lavi’l. Tout imaj yo nèt se an Ayiti yo filme yo, avèk tout aktè Ayisyen sa yo se yon bagay kap fè fanmi’w ak zanmi’w anvi gade fim sa a plizyè fwa.

Missionary James Productions presents True Security, an exciting story of material loss and spiritual gain with a Haitian flavor.  Jose Francois is overly concerned about the material possessions his father's inheritance allowed him to purchase.  Even though he made preparations to secure his house and vehicle, he loses it all in a night when thieves break in.  Although his wife is a Christian, and Jose has heard the gospel message, he has preferred to rely on his material possessions rather than putting his faith in Jesus Christ.  After losing everything, including his life, Jose comes to realize that Jesus is the only true security in making peace between God and man.  This realization causes Jose to accept Jesus as his savior, and live with a different purpose in life.  Filmed entirely in Haiti, with all Haitian actors makes it something your family and friends will want to watch over and over again.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Update, Birthday and Charlette Church Tin

Greetings in the name of Christ! All is well with me, thanks to the Lord! I have been blessed beyond what you could imagine. My media ministry has started to take root around Jeremie. Work is going well, and I feel like I'm settling in well.

Today is my birthday. I'm now 36 years old, so I'm told. I have a friend visiting from Bombardopolis, about 18 hours bus ride from Jeremie! He came along to see this side of the country, and so I wouldn't have to make the trip by myself back from Port-au-Prince.

Birthday Cake
I was recently awarded a full scholarship to attend the OpenMRS Implementers Meetings, 8-11 October.  This year they are being held in Eldoret, Kenya.  I obviously plan to attend; with great gratitude for this honor.

Not long ago, I made my first trip to Charlette on a movie showing weekend. Charlette is a little more than 2 hours drive away from Jeremie, and then about an hour's hike up the mountain. There is a church with about 150 people in regular attendance.  They meet under a tarp.  They had the foundation and part of the walls finished.  God answered their prayers, and I was touched by their situation!  Out of the blue, a friend from Texas asked if there was any way for me to help host one of his teams as his other options had fallen through.  I mentioned Charlette and a few days later, we had set the dates. (For this November!)

I brought a load of tin back for the project, which I bought in Port-au-Prince directly from the factory.  It was longer (14-feet) and heavier (0.40mm) than the tin I could purchase locally.  Buying in Port and doing the transportation with the "White Wonder of God's Provision" saved a small fortune.

Church Folks Praising the Lord for Tin
Carrying the Tin Up the Mountain
Please pray the local church body will be encouraged by the prospects of a really nice church roof! They must do their part; finish with the walls and pour the bond beam.

Praises:
  • I have completed the new Vrè Sekirite a DVD and it is being replicated.
  • I have completed the first draft of the Le Combat English subtitles and they are being proofed/corrected.  The new master DVD is also partially completed, including new menus.
  • Great woman’s conference.
  • Good hurricane season thus far.
  • I have a friend visiting me for my birthday (today), and my maid baked me a cake.
  • I received a scholarship to attend the OpenMRS Implementers Meetings in Kenya this October.
Prayer Requests:           
  • Pray for ministry contacts to show movies in the Jeremie area.
  • Pray for the re-mastering of the Vrè Sekirite a, Le Combat and La Solution DVD’s.
  • Pray for the ability to get the new DVD’s shipped into Haiti.
  • Pray for the church at Charlette (that they will get their walls/bond beam up in time for the church roof team).
  • Pray for the church roof construction team.
  • Pray for victory in the unseen battle.
  • Pray for health and will to keep doing ministry.
  • Pray for a good hurricane season.
  • Pray for some good friends/fellowship in Jeremie.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Moved to Jeremie and Working

Greetings to you all! The end of last month I was busy saying "goodbye", selling off my belongings, and packing the rest.  I made the grueling trip in the anticipated time, 14 hours drive, all in one day.  Trust me, the drive was NOT like driving in the US.  It was exciting!  Pulling the trailer made it that much slower and exciting!

White Wonder and Trailer with moving helpers

Goofing off during picnic stop

I've been in Jeremie for more than a week now! Carl, one of the organization's board members who has historically helped with the computers was here to help me get initiated.  He was a big help! I will be working closely with a Haitian IT person, Asmail. He is sharp, knows their current system, and is very eager to learn!  I'm thanking the Lord for him already!  I've been using these first few days to learn as much as possible about the organization and the task ahead of me. I've got my work cut out for me!

I'm living on the third floor apartment above the boutique.  It's concrete block, with a tin roof. Jeremie is built on the side of a hill by the ocean.  Thus, my third floor balcony is at roughly the same level as the street outside in the back. 

Back of Apartment and backyard

Front of Apartment and White Wonder

Side of Apartment

The apartment has got two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a large kitchen, dining room, living room combined. There is a water tank on the roof which has provided reliable water.  There is a generator in the compound that augments the solar and city power.  It's a nice place, and quite comfortable overall.

Guest Room / Storage

Bathroom Sink

Bedroom

Bedroom - Shelf and windows

Bedroom Closet

I have a maid that works for me six days per week.  She has proven to be a great cook.  She really likes Maggie (my dog) too.
Kitchen

Living Room

The compound where I live is a place where pregnant woman with complications come to stay prior to delivery.  It's close to the hospital so they can be shuttled over at a moment's notice.  During their stay they receive health training in a fun format.  Here are some additional pictures from the complex where I live.

Maternal Waiting Home

Pavilion for woman and children training and consultations

Playground

Everyone has been very welcoming to me and excited that I have joined them. They are all surprised that Hospital Albert Schweitzer didn't do what was necessary to keep me. Many here have said "It's HAS's loss, and our gain!"  The other day Carl told me, "I sure appreciate the knowledge, planning, and analysis that you're using as you address each of these issues. It's a breath of fresh air (from my perspective)." It feels soooo good to be appreciated.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tentmaker pulls up stakes...

As a tentmaker I support my ministry by working a regular job. I'm moving, thus I'm really pulling up the stakes! I'm leaving Deschapelles on Friday morning and hope to arrive at my new home in Jeremie on Saturday. Thanks for your prayers during the trip!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Rose Angelique

Here are some videos I produced of a music group in the Oasis of Faith Christian Church in Port-au-Prince.  The music is by Rose Angelique.  The pictures are from my collection.

Lanmou - Dedicated to all the friends I will rarely see when I leave Deschapelles


Kite Kem Chante


San Repwoch


Yon Plan

Rose Angelique - Founded 21 May 2011 
Group Members: Ernise Nancen, Volcimus Gilberbe, Joseph Carmene, Augustin Rosemathe, Travius Tralene, Robuste Anise, J.Lorita
Director: Pastor Deravil Jems
Contact: Email: djiemsio@yahoo.fr Tel:  4600-8548, 3231-7063

P.S. I praise the Lord for answering lots of panicky prayers during our email server upgrade here at HAS last weekend.  My staff and I spent all night Friday and Saturday in the office, and a few hours Sunday night too.  We've been working hard to bring our clients back online, connecting them to the new email server.  Praise the Lord, we have achieved our goal!

Note to self: Don't wait until an email server is past "End of Life" and then try to upgrade/migrate to the latest and greatest software released 10-years later!

Thanks for your prayers as I transition from HAS and on to where God is calling me!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Leaving HAS

This is likely the most exciting update I’ve given in years!

As my contract with Hospital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) was up for renewal, I decided to see what other employment opportunities may be available for someone with my qualifications. I wasn’t looking to leave HAS, but simply to increase my salary (or at least make sure the salary I was receiving was competitive).

To me, it seemed the perfect timing because Partners in Health (PIH) was just ready to open their new Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) not far from HAS/Deschapelles. I already had a great working relationship with their IT/medical informatics staff, and even knew their medical director. After sending my CV and passing through several interviews, I was informed that they wanted to give me a job offer. But first they wanted to communicate with HAS to let them know their intentions. HAS basically told PIH/HUM that it would be poaching to hire me. Instead, they designed an exhausting proposal to share me between the two organizations. All of that, and nearly two months later and I still had not heard what PIH had to offer me financially, which was the whole point of contacting them in the first place.

In frustration late one Friday night, I hopped on the Internet (on my phone while I was showing movies) and found contact info for an organization in the Grand'Anse. It sparked my interest and I emailed them immediately. I got a response from them Monday and then had contact from the person in charge of IT. On Tuesday we had a great discussion about their IT needs and goals, and how I could help meet them. During the call I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit several times. I got excited about the task at hand; something that didn’t happen during PIH’s discussions or visits. He said he was not responsible for hiring/firing, but he would make the recommendation to those in power to hire me.

Also, Tuesday morning I heard from PIH with what they had to offer financially. PIH asked what I made at HAS and was shocked by the low salary. HAS made little effort to raise my salary to approach PIH’s offer, not even over time. I was exhausted and frustrated by the months it took to get the offer from PIH and even more disappointed that HAS didn’t rise to the occasion and offer to significantly increase my salary.

This is how God works. He puts his people in positions where they are desperate for his power, and then he shows his provision in ways that display his greatness. (Quote from RADICAL, Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, by David Platt)

As I lay in bed exhausted Tuesday night, I kept calculating my options, thinking and praying. I finally decided that I had to put it into the Lord’s hands. I prayed something like this…

Lord Jesus, I’m exhausted by all of these contract negotiations. I want to be where you want me to be. If you want me to move to the Grand'Anse, I ask that you have them contact me tomorrow and offer me a package the same or equal to PIH’s offer (that took me 2 months to get). I pray that HAS would be unwilling to increase my salary above that offer. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Wednesday morning I got an email from the organization in the Grand'Anse asking when we could talk, so we did. They said whatever PIH had offered that they would match. They said to tell HAS I’m leaving and joining them. A few minutes later I talked with HAS. Just like God had hardened Pharaoh’s heart to let the Israelites go, God has hardened HAS’s heart, so I could go to where God want’s me!

I will continue to work in the IT / Medical Informatics field, as Manager of Informatics and Information Technologies. My initial task will be to setup an OpenMRS server and migrate their medical data. They are a slightly smaller operation than HAS, with their primary focus being at the community level.

I will have the same freedom for personal ministry there that I had with HAS. This will allow me to do media ministry on the side and host teams from time-to-time.

The most exciting (and scary) part of it all is where they are located. They are located in the only department (state) in Haiti where I have never showed movies before; the only place in Haiti where I don’t know anybody or have any contacts. (I feel like Abraham when God spoke to him and told him to “Go”.) They are based in Jeremie, in the far South West of Haiti, in the Grande Anse, 10 hours’ drive from the PAP airport.

I hope to move to Jeremie the end of May, and start working June 1st. 

Thank you so much for your prayers during this time of transition; tying up loose ends at HAS and media ministry near Deschapelles, selling unneeded items, packing and saying good bye.

What a fun ride! Kind of like a roller-coaster with the tall hills and curves, and the feeling of danger at every turn; with full knowledge that it has been well engineered and tested. I’m on a ride designed by THE ULTIMATE ENGINEER. I know He will carry me safely through to the debarkation platform (and beyond)!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Anonsman Le Combat (Official Trailer)

This is the official trailer of the Haitian Creole version of "Le Combat."  This is an African move that shows the power of Christ over Voodoo.  This trailer includes English subtitles.



Depi lè Dansou pran desizyon aksepte Jezi, fanmi’l ak tout lot moun nan bouk la tounen kont li. Tonton’l ak lòt frè’l yo al kay yon premye wougan pou yo te tou yell. Yo echwe.

Yon dezyèm bòkò pwomèt li lap fè tout bouk la jwenn jistis li ak ni Dansou, ni pastè a. Li ba’l yon poud pou’l simen devan pòtay kay la pou Dansou, men Dyab la fouye tou’l, li tonbe ladann. E Bondye itilize pyèj sa’a pou li sove tonton’l ak tout madanm li.

Fim sa gen anpil sispens ak istwa kap rive tout tan nan vil ak vilaj nou yo. Lè’w chwazi chimen Syèl la, ou pap regrèt.

Pwovèb 29:25
Si ou pè sa moun ap di, ou antrave. Men, si ou mete konfyans ou nan Seyè a, ou pa bezwen pè anyen.


P.S.  Please pray for me as I seek the Lord's direction in my work situation; to renew with HAS (Hospital Albert Schweitzer), or to join HUM (University Hospital Mirebalais)/PIH (Partners in Health).

This movie is available for purchase online at Equipping the Saints.  It includes English and Spanish subtitles.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Estimated Media Ministry Results

I am always active in showing movies here in Haiti.  I plant, "Apollos" waters, and God by his Holy Spirit causes them to grow into disciples. Here are some statistics over the years.  I suspect the spike of decisions for Christ around 2010 was because of the earthquake here in Haiti, making people think seriously about dying.



If you think this is exciting, just imagine what God has done that we can't see!  I appreciate your continued prayer support for the ministry that God has called me to throughout this year.