Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Friday, June 19, 2009


The time came to head up the trail to show a very strong video in the mountain church Ven a Mi requested by Pastor Santos. The men from La Cruz Baptist prepared to go and off we went up the rained out roads in the kia, The recent rains make traversing the “roads” in the mountains even more dangerous. Crossing creeks, driving on the edge of soft muddy cliffs, slimy rocks ect each add to the “thrill” these folks live with daily. The Kia is beginning to make lots of noises from the many hard trips in these mountains but it’s sure footedness assured no one had to get out and push.
We arrived at 2:30 and set up for the evening service. Show a children’s video to whittle away the time as folks began to arrive (a big attraction in a place without electric) Thankfully solar panels and lights were installed last year in the church so they are the only light on the mountain on dark stormy nights… Carlos at the last minute told Sasha to teach a class to the young folks, so her and Joshlin (Omar’ s daughter) did just that. They all headed out under the lean-to in the rain to teach. No chairs, no blackboard, no lesson plan, leaky roof, muddy ground, for a class of children standing the entire time Carlos preached at the adults inside. (Carlos can and did preach a long time) There were 2 decisions for Christ. Then it came time to show the final video teaching about false religious practices. It hit too close to home with a few and they left, but those that stayed all found the truth was very strong and needful, eyes were opened strengthening the foundations…amen!
Unworthy servant to a worthy Saviour,

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

First day for Profe Sasha

Sasha arrived but I have hardly seen her while Lisa helped her prepare to teach 93 students this summer in public school. They made a curriculum and used the riso to print workbooks for everyone. The goal is for Sasha to gain some experience for college and to work in Christian teaching and soul winning when possible. Her hands will be full.

We connected the pump to the deepest well hole to attempt to pull out water from the daily rains. The trailer we were hauling water with broke a spring, had to do something quickly to keep water available. Omar and Jr moved our pump to the drilled hole and hooked it up at 200 feet. It seems to be working but the water is yellow. Not sure what this means just yet. Need to change the tank which is bad and a few other things to make sure we are not causing the yellow tint, then test it. But at least we are flushing toilets now…a big deal when your talking 20+ people… In everything give thanks. Amen.

We also picked up a dog to train for security. Being an orphanage with kids, I was concerned as to what kind to get. I compared different breeds and most came back with Great Danes as the best with kids AND security for scaring off bad guys. I thought Wow it’s a huge dog but 32 acres ok, only problem, we are in a 3rd world country, no way to get one of those. But the LORD knows, because the first person we asked said yes I happen to have one, a puppy…at a fraction of a USA price. Thank you LORD. You can almost watch this dog grow, it seems bigger every morning and the kids are having a blast with her. As well as the other animals they keep bringing home…baby squirrels, snakes, birds, woodpeckers ect. Let em loose in the woods and everything becomes a play toy… hmm, as it might have been in the beginning, without the thorns that is. Amen.

Going on an outreach this Thursday around Pastor Santos church teaching. As always in need of prayer...Thank you

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sometimes the photos are better understood than my words...

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