Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Planting and weeding

Went almost 3 days this time with no electric. Thankful water lasted. Called the electric company and they told me it could be up to a month with no electric. Post a plea online then prepped to go to town and get needed parts to do a high voltage line swap. (half our neighborhood still had power on 2nd line. We installed the poles and transformer ourselves when we built the Lighthouse.) Then presto electric came back on... Should have asked prayer sooner.. someone had a direct line... now we can buy food. Need to clean our water storage and install new filters since system has been down.
Jenny and Alberto had their baby. It was several weeks premature but only minor issues that are passing. Mom and baby are well. They named him Alan Jose after Alberto and me.. humbling. Alberto is asking to do more ministry hoping to send him out on a monthly to visit the churches, but need to fix the old kia first.
Visited with several national pastors this week to talk about issues. All have worrisome medical problems weighing on them, but the work continues and we were able to help in various ways; Meds, exams, ect.
Institute grads are now in 6 public schools preaching and teaching full time. Their church is in need of 50 more chairs just for adults. Amen.
The church building in Nic. is up and roof half on, maybe finish roof this month. Our Lighthouse school shop is being built by us and ours. Foundation is in have all the blocks. Also have 1000 of the 3000 blocks here to start a much needed transition house.
Julie is prepping to leave for medical school. She is studying hard for entrance exams. Our Lighthouse school kids are taking finals this week and school begins for some of them in just 2 weeks.
Always something to do here even in "down" time,.. like sharping a machete...found some ghost chili seeds...so I want to do a gardening trial with the kids and grow hot chili peppers to make salsa as a business school project.. or sermon illustration.
Thank you for ever prayer, remembrance and provision.
Barry

Planting and weeding

Went almost 3 days this time with no electric. Thankful water lasted. Called the electric company and they told me it could be up to a month with no electric. Post a plea online then prepped to go to town and get needed parts to do a high voltage line swap. (half our neighborhood still had power on 2nd line. We installed the poles and transformer ourselves when we built the Lighthouse.) Then presto electric came back on... Should have asked prayer sooner.. someone had a direct line... now we can buy food. Need to clean our water storage and install new filters since system has been down.
Jenny and Alberto had their baby. It was several weeks premature but only minor issues that are passing. Mom and baby are well. They named him Alan Jose after Alberto and me.. humbling. Alberto is asking to do more ministry hoping to send him out on a monthly to visit the churches, but need to fix the old kia first.
Visited with several national pastors this week to talk about issues. All have worrisome medical problems weighing on them, but the work continues and we were able to help in various ways; Meds, exams, ect.
Institute grads are now in 6 public schools preaching and teaching full time. The church building in Nic. is up and roof half on, maybe finish roof this month. Our Lighthouse school shop is being built by us and ours. Foundation is in have all the blocks. Also have 1000 of the 3000 blocks here to start a much needed transition house.
Julie is prepping to leave for medical school. She is studying hard for entrance exams. Our Lighthouse school kids are taking finals this week and school begins for some of them in just 2 weeks.
Always something to do here even in "down" time,.. like sharping a machete...found some ghost chili seeds...so I want to do a gardening trial with the kids and grow hot chili peppers to make salsa as a business school project.. or sermon illustration.
Thank you for ever prayer, remembrance and provision.
Barry

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Is there a Doctor in the house?

What a wonderful day Monday. Left out a 4am to p/u a police transit commandant (old friend) and head to capital to renew drivers lic. Got there and all said no at first until we got to the chief. He said no problem presto 5m later lic in hand. Amen.
After, we went to meet with the ministry that runs the children's cancer center less than a mile from the medical University. They offered Julie a nice private room w/bath and board in a 24hr gated and guarded security area. It is a beautiful quiet place. Cost "0", all they asked was that she live there like a daughter... ie just like with us, and help as needed. She also has a church to attend near the university that has several medical students in it as well. As a dad I could not have asked for better. God working out every detail and rewarding her faithfulness. Five minutes after arriving she began working with a sick child and the mother thought she worked there. Beautiful to watch.
One of their desires was a person who would be able to witness and minister to the children and family of the sick kids. Right up Julie's alley. We also went to the university and found she needs to start the admissions quickly and take all the tests in 2 weeks for a Jan. start. The costs are going to vary, having a hard time nailing it down exactly, will know more in detail after admission, but min. class cost of $100 up to $500 per month the depending on courses load, books, labs ect. It can change monthly as requirements change. Plus a few living expenses, transportation ect. Cheap for a national medical school but a lot for us. Many are praying for her and a few are even considering helping her. Praying the LORD makes a way. Her end goal is some type of medical missions.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Harvest time

We had a wonderful week harvesting the Lord's field in June. Faith Baptist in Mo has been one of our biggest supporters since we began ministering in Honduras. They have a new pastor and wanted to come see us again. They chose to come with Truth for Today missions and make it a medical outreach as well.  The Lord blessed in many ways. I got to know the pastor personally, they saw the ministry needs and fulfilled some of them. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the La Cruz Baptist church (Faith helped lay the foundation years ago). Doors may have opened for 2 more church plants and full
time bible teaching in another public school. Hundreds were helped by Drs, medicine and glasses, and 319 souls harvested for Christ.
The last day of the medical mission was on the border of Nicaragua. The church plant there got military permission and came across to the outreach to meet everyone in Honduras. Amen.

Harvest time

We had a wonderful week harvesting the Lord's field in June. Faith Baptist in Mo has been one of our biggest supporters since we began ministering in Honduras. They have a new pastor and wanted to come see us again. They chose to come with Truth for Today missions and make it a medical outreach as well.  The Lord blessed in many ways. I got to know the pastor personally, they saw the ministry needs and fulfilled some of them. We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the La Cruz Baptist church (Faith helped lay the foundation years ago). Doors may have opened for 2 more church plants and full
time bible teaching in another public school. Hundreds were helped by Drs, medicine and glasses, and 319 souls harvested for Christ.
The last day of the medical mission was on the border of Nicaragua. The church plant there got military permission and came across to the outreach to meet everyone in Honduras. Amen.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Weee

Weee... A week ago I opted to have new belts put on the old kia. I was at the dealer servicing and repairs on new kia and bought them because quality is hard to find. I had Alberto drop the old kia off at a mech to put them on. They had a difficult time for some reason. Picked up truck and did not drive it 20 miles before the radiator fell out hit the fan and ruined radiator, belts, fan, fan clutch, pulley, cut wiring ect. While fixing also found motor mount bad and frame cracked. In all near 700 dollars in repairs... some people have a midas touch... well my touch does just the opposite.
Oh well such is life .. need old kia in good running order when medical team gets here in a few weeks to be able to move crew about. Need 2 vehicles for 30+ people plus lots of gear... early in month so had funds... but its going to hurt by the time team arrives in 3 weeks.
Offered help, gear and advice get heavy rocks out of a hole Alberto was digging for a septic cistern. They had several big rocks weighing 1000lbs or more. They knew about heating them with old tires on fire then rapid cooling to break them into smaller rocks. But still needed to lift 500lb pieces out of a 12 foot hole. We set kia up as a crane and used the chain hoist to lift out several thousand pounds of rocks. Dirty job working after burned tires... my job sit, watch, advise and make sure no one dies...or ruins my truck. All turned out well. They dig 50 to 70 feet down like this for water wells here.
A medical eyeglass team will arrive in a few weeks. We are also excited about the 10th anniversary of LaCruz Baptist church this month. Several churches will be at the Lighthouse to celebrate and baptize, preach and fellowship. Amen!
After 10 years the missionary providence of God still amazes me. The raven keeps coming into the wilderness. As we came to the end of last month money always runs out long before the month does. Was days without a bank deposit food running very low at the Children's Lighthouse and heading into a long USA weekend, so not much hope of anything till the 1st week of the month and bank is below min balance. Lisa is also still in USA looking to return soon. The same night a ministering saint bought her a return ticket... this morning another ministering saint bought food for the Lighthouse...The Holy Spirit answered prayers almost as they were prayed. Amen...
Waiting on the Lord goes against our sinful nature... but gives clarity from whence it comes and to whom the glory is due. Amen

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wings as Eagles

We had a good week considering. This Sunday there were 9 baptisms at the Lighthouse. Our playplace/classroom/ssroom has a ballpit/kiddypool/baptismal. Multi purposed. It is the only clean water available right now rivers are still dry. Two churches used it to baptize this Sunday and more to follow.
The kids wanted to serve the churches a meal since they would be without food most of the day when they come down the mountain to visit. That presented a problem due to the bank canceling my debit card on wend. They issued new secure card with chips... and left me hanging with access to funds. Kids were determined, they used the rice we had and killed the fatted lamb. Great meal. Another blessing were able to help one of our mt churches purchase a motorcycle. They were walking 10miles and 3000ft of elevation daily teaching bible classes in public schools... my heart was blessed and sad by this. So we did what we could and the Lord worked it out. Need several more to be truthful. A mt church also finished the roof install on their new classroom and will be ready for medical/evang outreach in a month or so. Amen...
thank you for your prayers they keep us airborn even when we are out of gas. Amen

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Bless the milk curse the cow

Our kids went to a science discovery place in the capital for our schools special outing. Nice to have another driver for the 6+ hour round trip. They all had a good time and learned a lot. Also stopped by the zoo on the way home as well.  They aquired many new animals since our last trips a few years ago. It was the first time I can think of I was home alone. Julie a for time prepped my food for the day to keep me out of the kitchen... even brought the microwave to my office... I had to laugh.
 Lots to plan and prep for. Lisa returning. Several ministries going well. Dr visit outreach coming up. Baptisms here at Lighthouse property in a week. Always much to do. Need prayer and much provision to make it all happen. Learned today another denomination is using the teaching material we have. I tried to give it to them years ago to strenghten and correct their teachings I found weak. They refused and said I taught false things. One of their men went through our bible institute years ago when we were just starting. He kept the material, copied it, and is now teaching the same thing  to the same folks I tried giving the material to years ago... I had to laugh. They do not know where it came from but praise how good it is... a Honduran saying here is "bless the milk but curse the cow"... kind of fits... amen...
Both Julie and Lenin will be planting this year. Julie is trying a garden and planting new fruit trees. Lenin is planting a field of corn and beans.  Amen

Friday, April 8, 2016

joy...

We distributed more joy bags from Direct Line ministry. Our lighthouse children packed them up took the kia and distributed them in a mission outreach from La Cruz Baptist. Their men are planting a new church and their youth are teaching the children. (not sure if we will get anymore state side stuff because our shipping cost have trippled due to customs in Honduras. )

We had a big surprise when a church called and offered to help with the roof for the classroom in St Teresa. Amen. Hoping it will be a dry place when Drs arrive in 2 months... big blessing. The church in Nicaragua also has their roof up. The preacher is planning big outreach in a few weeks. He still wants to go to Cuba for a month a street preach and evangelize... his military training was there as a young man and he has free access. Just waiting for the Lord to provide funds needed... not much really. Just more than we can swing alone. Amen


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