Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Mission Base" Driveway

Greetings in Christ.

As you may well remember, I have started the initial planning for the construction of a little "mission base", to allow me to do more media ministry; a resting place upon return from exhausting ministry trips and a place to produce future movies.

At the end of September 2015, we had closing on the purchase of a beautiful plateau where I plan to build a little house near Mibalè, Haiti. Although the land has been surveyed and paid for, the paperwork still can't be finalized because of the "political crisis" caused by postponed elections here in Haiti. Basically, I must be a resident of Haiti to own land here, but the people to sign letters and issue the residence are currently not in power. Please pray specifically that the LORD will soon put in place a mayor that can issue my missing piece of paperwork.

One of the challenges of building on the plateau is the driveway to get there. Along with the land purchase, I was granted a deeded right-of-way. But, because the folks I bought the land from had already sold some land in the middle, the right-of-way for my land was curvy; involving going up a steep cliff.

I was able to negotiate a passage with the neighbor to build my driveway straight up through his property. This involved paying a little money, but probably less then building a road up the cliff. It will also make for a safer and easier to maintain road in the years to come. I also heard (after making this deal) that there was a seasonal spring where I had previously planned to build the road. Praise the LORD for his provision of a straight-shot on good stable ground to get up to the land where I will build!

New Right-Of-Way (Yellow-Existing Road, Orange-New Passage)

With the new right-of-way, I can currently drive (4-wheel drive) to within 200-feet of my land!

Looking Down the "Driveway"

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Abricot

One of my favorite fruit is the abricot (Abriko). They are not to be confused with the apricot fruit, from the genus "Prunus".  Abricot, as described in this post, are found ONLY in Haiti, and mainly in the southern peninsula.  A similar abricot is said to grow in 3 Caribbean islands surrounding Haiti. There is even a town in Haiti called Abricot. When I was recently in the Grand'Anse, I was able to spend a few days there in ministry (and eating Abricot). It is just the beginning of the season, so they are still rather hard to come by.

Abricot grows on a big tree, the abricot tree. It has large, round fruit with firm, orange flesh.
Abricot Tree (Fruit circled)
The fruit falls out of the tree when ripe, or it can be picked by a skilled tree climber.

My Tree Climbing Friend
Now, you may be asking, how do you eat an abricot. Abricot is a lot of work compared to some fruits. The photos and captions tell the story.

Cut Off Top, Cut Through Outer Skin on Three Sides

Peel Off Outer Skin

Peel Off Light Yellow Covering, With a Knife

Cut Into Three Sections, a Big Seed In Each

Cut Off Meat From Around Seeds and Eat
(Don't Eat the Seed Bark)

Open Mouth, Insert, Chew and Savor
The meat is delicious; sweet and firm.

Eat an abricot for me if you ever get the chance!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

"Footprints" - Music Video

The music video I played Jesus in has finally been released. It is called "Footprints." 
James playing Jesus
"Footprints" was written out of a dark place in Natalie Charlotin's life (the author and singer). This song is to help others through their dark places. There is hope and light that outweighs the darkness. Slavery, Abuse and Trafficking have ruined millions of lives. There are an estimated 300,000-500,000 child slaves just in Haiti alone. This video was made to not only create awareness of a very real problem, but to see the redemption that happens when Jesus brings healing to your past.

The Lyrics...
I feel pain. I feel hurt. The sorrow in my eyes shows exactly how I feel inside.    

How do I go on? How will I survive? In this harsh world I know how do I go on when I don't feel strong enough? Strong enough....       

One day at a time, you hold my hand Your Grace carries me. Like footprints in the sand you never abandon me.                       

I do not understand. I want to understand. So I give you my heart and all the hurt that I feel. 

Your ways are not my ways. Your thoughts are not my thoughts. And I don't know how to be who you want me to be anymore. Anymore.

Chorus Again.

So I put my hope and I put my trust, I put my faith in You.  (Repeat 3X)

How do I go on? How will I survive? In this harsh world I know how do I go on when I don't feel strong enough? 

Chorus again (2X) with ahs in the background


Ending: I feel pain. I feel hurt. The sorrow in my eyes shows exactly how I feel inside.