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The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Humbled and grateful

As a follow up to the last post...
Proverb 27:2 And Matthew 21:16 Sure fit together this evening.
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth.
The church had a special surprise birthday service for me. Several friends and pastors also came down from the mountain. Pastor Enemesio preached, the men surrounded me for a time of prayer with many said for Lisa. Then there was a time of testimony where anyone from the church could share his or her thoughts. It was a humbling experience or so I thought, till it increased in magnitude as our children began to go up to give testimonies. It brought tears of joy all around the house of the LORD. Iris got up and thanked the LORD for putting her in a home to hear the Word of God and get saved. Then another then another. Toño got up and shared about being a hungry street kid with no hope. Now he is saved and looking forward to pastor one day. Then there was Sayder, with free flowing tears, began to thank the LORD for making me his dad where he could learn to walk the right path… Several younger ones got up and sang as well. I give thanks every day for the LORD using as he has. It is beyond my comprehension to know why a wretch like me is allowed this privilege. Thank you for allowing us to be here.

Another huge praise…we got the lights turned on at the Lighthouse property! Its kinda a back door way of doing it but they’re on. We got tired of dealing with the electric company bosses (for over a year) who are appointed by the president.(IE politics) We finally got a lineman to do it as a “temporary” install… which all we will have to do is switch our meter after we run another line to the street and bodega. It will cost us total about $900 when we pay the lineman and finish paying for all the parts.. but that is cheaper than the under the table fees the bosses kept wanting. Meanwhile I saw the lights and fans work for the first time today AMEN!

As the last post shared we have been cutting trails into the property. The photos give an idea the work involved… Lots of machette cutting and rock moving, some of the rocks are 500-1000 lbs. All dug out and moved by hand. I have no idea why Lenin took the scooter up to the trail… after being there with it and seeing the look on his face, neither did he.

A very unworthy servant to a very worthy Saviour
Barry Ritchie


At January 3, 2010 at 12:01 PM, Blogger 'J and A Latvala said...

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At January 3, 2010 at 10:31 PM, Blogger Susanna said...

Thanks so much for this post, Brother Barry! It brought tears to my eyes. You're a blessing to so many people! Thank you for serving HIM faithfully!

God bless you and your family!
Love and prayers...

At January 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM, Blogger Jesse said...

Happy Belated Birthday Bro. Barry! You have been such a blessing to us these past couple years we have gotten to know you. Thanks for being a good example of a faithful man.
Say hi to the kids and Lisa for us.
We love you,
Dan, Hannah, Jesse, and family


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