Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It has been a while since I have shared an update. What better occasion than Christmas and New Year's! This year I am spending the holidays here in Haiti. You can enjoy your cold, but I'm content to run around in my sandals and shorts!

Recently my corner of the country was blessed by a great Christian reggae band coming through. Their name is Christafari.  They are world renowned and I even had one of their CD's.  They were on tour and sang as part of a crusade that was held at several towns in the Grand'Anse including Jeremie, where I live. I took a vehicle load of friends two nights to Roseaux to hear them perform.  I got to meet some of the visiting missionaries that were part of the outreach.  I told them about myself and offered if there was anything that I could do to help them to just let me know.  They took me up on the offer and I translated for one of them on Sunday morning at the big Baptist church here in town.  The message (translated by me) was also aired on Radio Lumiere.

The last night Christafari was on the town square in Jeremie, where I attended again.  As I was entering the concert the first band was already performing.  I met up with Mark Mohr (the Christafari lead singer and founder) outside as they were bringing some last minute supplies in.  I gave them a hand.  I followed them onto the stage and met the rest of the band members!  I really enjoyed this time of "worship" in English which I rarely get to do.

James at the Christafari Concert
The next super exciting activity was a visit with my brother and nephew in Port-au-Prince.  I went and hung out and helped them with their project (putting a pump in a well).  I got to eat at MacEpi (something like McDonald's) several times which was a special treat for me.  We also had a nice dinner together with missionary friends, and a wonderful Christmas concert at Quisqueya Chapel.

James With His "Big" Brother Joe
I have many things planned in the coming days and would greatly appreciate your prayers...
  • Christmas end of week - Showing Movies at La Grav
  • Long New Years weekend - Showing Movies in Abricot
  • January 9-10 - Showing Movies in Jeremie
  • January 16-24 - Hosting Dr. Hatter Medical Team in Artibonite, Haiti
  • January 24-February 7 - Attending OpenMRS Implementers Meeting and Vacation in Mozambique
  • February 15-18 - Carnival - Oasis of Faith Youth Camp in Cayes
  • February 19-24 - Attending Fellowship Bible Church World Outreach Weekend in Longview, TX
  • March 6-14 - Hosting Fellowship Bible Church church roof construction team in Maissade, Haiti

The biggest thing that I miss about Christmas in the USA is Christmas Caroling!  Enjoy this music video of Christmas Caroling by Christafari.

Christafari - Angels We Have Heard On High

May the Lord bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you and bring you peace and joy until Christ's return for His church.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Anonsman La Solution (Official Trailer)

This is the official trailer of the Haitian Creole version of La Solution. This is an African move that shows the power of Christ over voodoo. This trailer includes English subtitles.



Youn nan pi bèl fim ki genyen pou rive Ayiti, La Solution pote istwa de fanmi Atta ki toujou monte andeyò pou y’al fè sakrifis mouton pou lwa yo. Ougan Nato pwomèt Atta ap direktè nan travay li, yap genyen lapè nan fanmi ak sekirite. Men sa pat pase konsa, Atta menm pèdi travay li. Yon lòt ougan di’l madanm li se yon manbo, se li ki kòz tout bagay sa yo rive. Atta met madanm ak timoun li yo deyò, timoun yo menm chache manje nan fatra. Timoun yo gen yon ti zanmi, Sopy, ki pale yo de Jezi e lè yo grangou li bay yo manje. Sopy mennen manman ak papa li kay Atta pou prezante’l Jezi. Atta rekonèt tout vye sakrifis sa yo p’at bon. Li konvèti paske se Jezi ki vrè pwotektè a; se Jezi ki mèt la vi a. Ougan yo bay manti. Nato di la vi Atta ak madanm li pwoteje nan yon kanari. Atta vin jwen vrè proteksyon nan Jezi, li pa bezwen kanari’l ankò. Li pa nesesè pou fè sakrifis ankò. Gade fim sa-a pou ou kapab jwenn solisyon nan vi’w e jwenn lapè nan fanmi’w.

One of the most beautiful films to arrive in Haiti, La Solution tells the story of Atta's family who always goes to the countryside to offer sheep sacrifices to the spirits. The witch-doctor Nato promises that Atta will become the director at his work, they will have peace in their family and security. But that isn't what happens, Atta even looses his job. Another witch-doctor says his wife is a spirit medium, and that it's her fault that all of these things have happened. Atta kicks his wife and children out of the house, the children even look for food in the trash. The children have a friend, Sopy, that tells them about Jesus, and when they are hungry, she gives them food. Sopy takes hr mother and father to Atta's house to present Jesus to him. Atta recognized all of his sacrifices were bad. He converts because it's Jesus that is the true protector; Jesus is the owner of life. The witch-doctors lie. Nato says Atta and his wife's lives are protected in a clay pot. Atta finds true protection in Jesus, he doesn't need his clay pot anymore. He doesn't need to do any more sacrifices. Watch this movie so you can find the solution in your life and peace in your family.

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Tribute to My Nephew Derick

Wednesday as I drove the long trip from Jeremie to Port-au-Prince my mind pondered what would transpire in the next couple days.  Surely there would be a welcoming party, and sweet times of intimate fellowship with caring family and friends.  Probably the same as Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, he knew something was going to happen; something exciting (triumphal entry), something painful (beating, mocking and betrayal), something hopeless that would appear to end in death (crucifixion and burial).  Jesus was going to Jerusalem to give of Himself, to give for all.  I was on my way to Virginia to comfort (and find comfort) with my mourning family, in the tragic death and burial of my nephew.

Derick Brian Arbaugh
1988-2014
My nephew Derick (son of David) died following a motor vehicle accident on Sunday night.  It was just in May that I attended his wedding in Germany.  How quickly joy has turned to sorrow.

Derick and Miri Arriving at Wedding Reception
Candle-lit Song at Wedding Reception

Derick had come to visit me in Haiti.  Here are some pictures of happy times together in Haiti!
Derick and his Father
Derick Being Carried to Keep His Feet Dry
Finally a Real Bed!
Look at the Mess I Made
Derick Making Fun of my "Turd-Cel"
Derick in Flight on Family Trip to Lagonave
Derick Working on His Tan
Let's See You Get Out of This!

Jesus' death appeared to be total loss and defeat.  But, three days later He was raised to life, giving anyone who believes in Him eternal life!  Derick was a growing Christian who believed in Him.  He was taking new and exciting steps of faith daily, taking him closer to Christ.  Well, he took the final step, and has ascended into the presence and glory of the Lord.  I just hope he saves me a place at the banquet table in Heaven.  Soon our mourning will turn to dancing!  Psalm 30:11

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Germany and Turkey

Last Saturday my nephew, Derick, married Miriam, a beautiful German girl!  I was able to attend the wedding with my parents.  The wedding was held in a historic cathedral, in small-town Germany. The reception was unimaginable; lots of extravagant food and fun games. 

After the wedding, we (my mom, dad and I) went by train to visit Nicole, a long-time German friend, and co-worker from HAS.  She was a wonderful hostess and tour guide.  She catered to my pallet, serving fresh (weed) salad, apples and strawberries!  She took us to see a monastery, then to a nostalgic restaurant for snitzel and black forest cake, in the Black Forest!

Next, we were off to Istanbul, Turkey.  We saw some interesting sites; the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar.  The most interesting sight to see was my mom maneuvering her new rollator!

Next was a bus ride to Ankara (the capital of Turkey), then an overnight train ride to Erzurum.  From there we rented a car and drove to the closest city to Mount Ararat.  We have gotten to see Mount Ararat, Little Ararat, a meteor crater (Çukuru), the Iranian border crossing, and where Noah supposedly "parked" his ark.  Also, we have seen several rainbows here in Noah's land of promise.  A good reminder of God's covenant to never destroy the whole earth by a flood again, even if He gets fed up with us and our sin!

The Turks are the most friendly, helpful and hospitable people in the world.  They also have the best food!
 
James in front of Mount Ararat
James in front of Noah's Ark Remains
Mount Ararat
It is truly a blessing to tread on this land!

I have uploaded all of the pictures taken during the trip.  See the Germany and Turkey galleries.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Multiplication

It was a long and hard decision to leave Deschapelles.  One of my biggest concerns was that I would have to start a whole new media ministry.  I would have to meet new pastors and friends that would invite me to show movies at their churches and communities.  This has NOT been hard.  I showed movies the 2nd weekend after moving!  I am on par for number of showings, attendance and new decisions for Christ.  Praise the Lord for the doors he has opened!

As I was packing up to move, I decided to leave some movie equipment in Gonaives.  At first, it was just so I could use it for an upcoming team in La Borgne, in the North.  It didn't make sense to carry it 14 hours away, to bring it past where I started from.  After some prayerful consideration, I decided to ask a couple friends if they would like to form a committee to show movies with my spare equipment.  They accepted, as if I was Jesus telling them to do it!  They are Pastor Nestor, Pastor Edner and Brother Rochenel.

They have accepted the sacrifice of supporting this activity.  I haven't given them any assistance other than lending them the movie equipment.  They ask the inviting churches to pitch-in financially and/or they cover the cost themselves.  None of the committee has a vehicle, so they have to find and finance transportation too!

The outcome of this self-supporting media ministry group is amazing.  They showed more movies in December 2013 than I did!  They have also seen a lot of people accept Christ. Some witch-doctors even accepted Christ as a result of this group showing these movies.  They are making an eternal impact!  They are multiplying the kingdom of Christ!

1st Quarter 2014 Media Ministry Results

Please pray with me as I consider multiplying the efforts again; by equipping another group in another area with a projector and screen.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Visitors, Teams and Travels

This year started out with lots of activities.  I spent a short 4-days in Virginia with my family for Christmas.  On December 28th, my dad and team and I left for Haiti.  We visited the Virginia Mennonite Missions related churches.  We made benches at Laraquinte.  We showed movies at all of them.  There were many new decisions for Christ!
Geriatric Descent
As the work team left, my mom joined my dad and I.  Because of the cold weather (in Virginia) her flight was canceled, and she arrived a day later than expected.  Because of our late start, we spent the night about halfway at Jardins sur Mer.  Because of the road construction, it took a few hours longer than expected.

Sunrise from Jardins sur Mer
I worked while my parents were here, but we spent good quality time together in the evenings.  Mom cooked me breakfast most mornings too.  She made a conscious effort to get me to talk!

Joe (Dad), Miriam (Mom) and James (Me) at the beach in Bonbon
My folks departed the end of January, when I picked up the medical team from the airport.  We visited (and held clinics) at the Virginia Mennonite Missions churches.  Pastor Rodrique handled the planning with the pastors and government.  I was the driver and a translator.  Project Help handled the food and lodging.  It was a very memorable trip.

I returned to Jeremie and got settled in just in time to leave for Texas.  I attended the Fellowship Bible Church World Outreach Weekend (WOW) last weekend. It was a great time for fellowship with old friends, and meeting new folks in the church too.  Not to mention a chance to share my ministry with them.

You know, none of this would be possible without your prayer support!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Praises:
  • Le Combat is replicated.  Hopefully it will make it into Haiti on the next container.
  • Great WOW
  • An old friend is visiting me for carnival.

 Prayer Requests:            
  • Safety during travels in rara season.
  • Pray for the upcoming FBC team.
  • Pray for ministry contacts to show movies in the Jeremie area.
  • Pray for the movie showings that are scheduled.
  • Pray for the re-mastering of the La Solution DVD.
  • Pray for successful delivery and arrival in Haiti of the Le Combat DVD’s.
  • Pray for the church at Charlette (construction).
  • 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.