Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

10 Days of Rain

Rain is a blessing but as with most blessings they bring more work. We have had some blessing in the last 10 days along with trials. The rain cools the temp and makes crops grow and supplies us with water for the coming months…but it also makes things muddy and roads unusable. Our small corn crop on the property is already near time to harvest. The fruits are also ripening. The bananas we ate yesterday were some of the sweetest I have tasted. None of the food grown on the property is enough to sustain our family in any way, but it is definately a nice treat and blessing. But the rain makes other things much more difficult like outdoor church services in Choluteca and Colonia. I got a late night phone call from Pastor Santo's wife that he needed to get to the hospital right away. I got dressed and rushed up the mountain in the rain. He was fine after the emergency room visit and the meds we purchased for him. The road up was as bad as I have ever seen it. So bad in fact I tore up the radiator, A/C condenser and fan on the truck sliding off of muddy rocks. Not to mention the steering wheel now sets 90 degrees off center and it has a few more noises. Just cleaned off the mud today to inspect the problems… Honduras is rough on vehicles, several more hundreds in repairs. We ended up canceling church service in Colonia for the first time, because we did not have a vehicle that could make it up there with the road so bad.

Another mixed blessing. Daisy, one of the young girls in our church that we had put in christian school, ran away from home a few months back. She returned this past week and began to open up to us and explain what she had been doing… None of which was good, so bad in fact we are trying to convince her to be aids tested. Pray for her and her family as she returns to the right path. As with most of us, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

We poured the cement roof for the outdoor kitchen yesterday. Hoping to get it ready for Christmas and use it for the big church outreach. Last year we had 250 people there. The inner service table was poured this week as well.

Carlos preached yet another strong message Sunday and the husband of one of our ladies near the river finally came to church and fell under conviction. At the invitation time he stood up and said with a loud voice “I need Jesus to save me”. We had the men come forward and we all prayed. It was heartwarming and the whole church rejoiced.

Math quiz... How much can a 4000lb payload kia really hold on 14 inch tires? How much does 2 cubic meters of wet sand weigh?


At October 15, 2008 at 8:23 PM, Blogger Susanna said...

Thank you for posting again!
It's such a blessing to be able to keep in touch!! Praise God for the progress that has been made on the building! We'll continue to keep praying for daisy and the Lord's provision with everything else that is going on!!
God Bless...


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