Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Just another day...

Just another day in just another week. So what is a typical week of events in Honduras.

You can do about anything in Honduras, it just takes a little more effort than elsewhere. Last sunday it rained as we put up the tent and we had to splash water up to rinse the mud off the tent (or it drops on Bibles and clothes) then dig drains for the water to drain out of the tent. Even raining, two Sundays in a row, 3 teen boys have tried to rob our house during church set up/breakdown time. Last week I followed them all the way to their neighborhood thinking we gave them a scare. Evidently not, because they tried entering again today and scared Iris to tears for 30 minutes. It is only because of our kids, church folks, and our teen boys in church that thwarted the attempts. Our kids recognized them from their old neighborhood so I went to their home and visited their parents and gave a stern warning.

The boys ministry met again yesterday. First I preached then they worked on the “fast” go-cart and got it running. (hasn’t run in 3-4 years since it was broken in a vbs in the USA) I think the boys believe the throttle is an off on switch. The grass was wet from the storms and it slid like a tube on ice and they were thrilled. Three have “battle wounds” from pushing and carrying a go-cart with a hot exhaust. Definitely out of the norm here, boys and go-carts. But the fun was universal.

The Ladies ministry met after for a good service and fellowship helping decide tasks for the national children’s day.

And the men and a few teens went to preach in Colonia (Fountain of Life Baptist Church) with the Datsun. It had been broke down all week and we finally got it charging and timed, aired up a leaking tire and off they went. The rain caused them to meet in a home. After church they found the truck was stuck in the soft mud. So the church folks lined up to push…well actually one man, the ladies and children pushed…the other men watched and laughed….Carlos saw a new sermon illustration that will sure will come out in a week or so. Uhoh. Amen! A few miles down the mountain, Omar drove to one side crossing the creek to let a bus pass and plop, dropped the wheels off the rocks. Omar and Kevin swam underneath with the little scissor jack and piled rocks under the wheels, working 2 hours get it out.

Lisa is still under the weather, been weeks. Thankfully the girls have been filling the gap giving her more rest. Ministering saints sent extra funds so we were able to purchase food for the house this week. This past month was leaner than most and it had been a while. Had it not been for the little left over relief food sent last year, we could have been in trouble. But as we have seen for over 20 years in ministry, the LORD has always supplied as we need it, not before and never late. The growing family has never missed a meal yet; in my weakness, I just wonder where the next one is coming from. And the raven always comes, Amen!

Thank you all for every remembrance and prayer

Unworthy servant to a Worthy Saviour,



At September 8, 2008 at 5:44 AM, Blogger Hannah said...

Wow! Things just neer seem to end down there! Praise the Lord that you all were kept safe through everything. Please tell your wife we said hi and are praying for her.

Your in our prayers...

At September 8, 2008 at 4:34 PM, Blogger Susanna said...

Hi Mr. Ritchie!
Seems like there's never a dull moment there! Praie God that you wre able to buy food for this week!I've been praying that the Lord would provide! Good thing that you were able to find out who was trying to steal from you...I hope that your "warning" wil stop any further attempts. Poor Iris though...she is so sweet, I'm sorry to hear that she was so upset.

Let your wife know that she's been in our prayers and wilil continue to be!

God Bless...


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