Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving from Honduras

Happy Thanksgiving. Though Honduras does not celebrate Thanksgiving, we have found various ways to give thanks to our LORD over the years here. Sometimes going out and giving away food and tracts to very poor families sometimes just a time of prayer ect. This year was a little more traditional. With the visiting American families here, Lisa wanted to make a dinner. Not an easy task in a 3rd world country, in the middle political turmoil, 3 days before an election with no funds. Turkeys are hard to get here and expensive but the LORD provided 2. Lisa took Mrs Smith to the market and they found all that was needed to augment the donated food and squash from the property. Three of our girls volunteered to help Lisa(Jenny, Julie and Patricia). They had no idea the work involved in making that type of meal all from scratch but enjoyed every minute with "momi". Lisa had them working till 3 am, then back up at 6am. Lisa is now wiped out. But the American and Honduran families we invited were blessed. Before we ate, all gave testimonies of what we were thankful for and a sweet time of prayer. Listing to the children was really special most thanking thanking the LORD for salvation and mami and papi. After eating Carlos was joking, saying he still believes the official language in heaven is Spanish, but the food will be American food…and Lisa is the cook. In all it was a sweet time of fellowship. Amen.

Barry Jr and Omar were installing lights and fans in the church when our ladies ministry brought in a surprise for Wednesday service. They raised the funds needed and had Pastor Enemesio build a new pulpit. Special made for Carlos with a crank that lowers it for him or raises it for other. It was beautiful. And was very timely. Sunday during service my attention wandered as I looked at the old pulpit that we have used for years now. It is water damaged from many services in the rain, hinges are worn out and scratched and beaten everywhere from many trips up the mountain to preach. I thought its time for a new one, how can we get one and prayed. All the while the LORD answered the prayer before I even asked…Matthew 6:8. Amen.
One prayer we need answered is our support level must go up dramaticly if we are open the Children's Lighthouse and begin taking in more children. Please keep it before the Throne of Grace . Thank you all for allowing us to be here
unworthy servant to a Worthy Saviour,
Barry Ritchie


At November 28, 2009 at 9:32 PM, Blogger Susanna said...

Praise the Lord for the blessing of the new pulpit being made and given to you! It is so neat to sit back and watch God work and provide for you all! Even when we can't see it, He is working and all things will work together for good! ~ Rom 8:28

God bless, Love and prayers!
Susanna and family!

At December 6, 2009 at 8:18 PM, Blogger chip said...


We have not heard from the Chris Smith family...hope everything is well, and also, we do not have their time of arrival back in Rochester. Could you please have them email us with the info?

Thank you, and God Bless,
Tom Smith


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