Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wired !

Still making progress! The men are about done wiring the Children’s Lighthouse. Still need to do the bodega and maybe even get to put up the new transformer that was donated. That was a major surprise and a heavy burden removed. I could not see how we were going to afford it then just as it is needed the LORD opens the doors of a ministering saint and blesses all around. Amen. The bathrooms in the dorms are now rough plumbed and should have the concrete floors by the end of the week. And the drainage ditches are now all the way down the driveway. They were put to the test last night even before all the cement hardened. It poured rain and they worked very well preventing the road and building from washing away. Just need to re-skim coat it where the water rinsed the wet cement. All that is lacking is fixtures, appliances, doors, windows, well, paving, second floor poured, stairs, beds n furniture, painting, tile, interior walls, fans, A/C and more..ops guess it still needs alot just getting excited to move. Amen

News about the children:

We were informed the last 4 children needed to have an interview with the court psychologist. So we scheduled a time at the Lighthouse at the last minute the court called and said they needed to have it in the court house. As we walked in the dad was in the waiting area and the mom came in a few minutes after. It was a little chaotic with the parents arguing and not wanting to be in the same room with each other. It was the first time I have seen the mom and it was easy to see her line of work from her clothing. She handed Nancy a cell phone with a unknown man on the other end who was asking here where we lived. She said nothing thankfully. It was the first time I ever saw the dad somewhat sober. It was very uncomfortable for everyone. The tension/confusion was revealed when Nancy asked me later “My mom kissed me does that mean I have aids too?” (time for comforting and a life lesson) Finally the clerk moved us to the office side so there was a counter between us and everyone else. It was tense, until the children starting spontaneously singing church songs that not only calmed everyone but brought smiles and a small crowd of parents, court workers ect. huddled around the counter to watch them. Out of the mouth of babes.. Amen! The Judge called me in later and asked when would I have time to talk with him. It will be tomorrow morning.

One of the days returning from the property a little early with the children I decided to explore the shrimp farm roads to see if there was access to the coast near the lighthouse. What we found was only private corporation property of the shrimp farms but the ride was beautiful because it is all a nature preserve of lagoons. Fishermen casting nets the way they have for 1000s of years, the flamingos arriving white before turning pink from eating shrimp. It made for a nice afternoon drive.

Wellington has preached 2x while here in 2 churches and both times folks were moved to walk with the LORD…amen.

Our LORD is longsuffering and our field is still white. Even with all the things in the world going on the work of the LORD is unchanged and there is much yet to do. Thank you all for your prayers to the Throne of Grace.

Unworthy Servant to a Worthy Saviour,
Barry Ritchie


At July 2, 2008 at 8:53 PM, Blogger Susanna said...

Hello Ritchie Family!
Thanks for the update....we'll be praying for you as you are dealing with the courts etc. Praise God for how he works even through the rough times....the kids are being used as a good witness and testimony too!

You're in our prayers....Lord bless


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