Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Never Enough Time...

Never enough time…it seems. Ten days since the last post and now too much to write about. 2 of the 4 retaining walls are nearly done for the Children’s Lighthouse Home. Need to finish leveling, then dig drainage, water and septic lines then we can start the foundation. The septic tank and field turned into a much bigger project than planned, but the tank at least is nearing completion. The Whensawe Distribution building should have a roof next week but still much to do there as well. The children are now in school. The LORD blessed and we were allowed to place 14 children into private christian school. I will work on getting individual and group photos of the children in uniforms soon. How the LORD is doing everything with what we have is beyond me. We just keep pressing forward taking care of the needs before us and let the LORD workout the details.

The first “annual” youth group activity was held at the Lighthouse property and had 22 teens for games, food, fellowship and preaching. It was unanimous they want to do it more often and have a big day just before school starts every year. The best part was 2 trusted Christ during the preaching. Amen.

Still counseling with Ana and Anthony from the last post. Anthony trusted Christ in Wednesdays service and now wants to get baptized. It was a message of peace, living in peace with peace and at peace. Sunday after service ended up as an 8 hour counseling event. Scheduled were 2 couples but ended up talking to 9 people till 10:30 pm. A lot of mending was done.

For those who have been praying our friend Andy made it back safely from Chad Africa, it was tense for a while but they escape across the boarder and we able to find flights back to the USA. Thank You. I shared with our church, the Wednesday we were all in prayer for him, he and another missionary planned and made it out safely within hours of prayer.

As for health issues, I am slowly getting better but Lisa came down with whooping cough. A severe case that robs her sleep and coughing spells so bad she strains to catch a breath to the point of fainting. Any strain, startle or even laying down sets her off even walking from one end of the house to the other.. She is wore out. When you catch this, your out for as long as 3 months, pray it is MUCH shorter. Ministry is difficult here, without a helpmate it is much more so. Like having a frantic mother knock on the house at 2am and rushing a baby to a doctor… The kids have stepped up and a few from the ministry help but it is not the same as Lisa.

Saturday our long delayed Christmas outreach to Colonia was turned into a special children’s day. The Kia was packed full even on the roof and strapped down for the 4x4 trip up; presents, the Bounce house, generator, cannon and snacks up the mountain with Carlos, Omar, Jr, Anthony and Wilfredo. Preaching was aimed at the children yet none trusted Christ… but 6 parents did… go figure. Amen. In All the LORD was glorified.Prayed needs: Health/ Funds for total construction of projects Church, Childrens’s Lighthouse, Whensawe Distribution, Bible Institute/ Labourers, We need men trained to preach, pastor and help in ministry/ Overall support level, Though we are doing much more than expected and stretching every penny our base support has never risen to the level we though we were going to have when we came to Honduras. Just living by faith amen...

Unworthy Servant to a Worthy Saviour,

Barry Ritchie


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