Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Living by Faith

What can you do with a dollar in your pocket?
I want to share a testimony and praise of today. It will be clumsy of wording but in the end you will understand.
We live by faith each and every month, most people do not understand what this means in truth. Few would choose to live as we do. Faith for many is getting something they want. After living in Honduras I have learned most things are wants at some level and few things are needs. We have 21 "extra" mouths to feed. This past two weeks since Lisa returned from the USA for medical test have been rough. The trip left us totally without funds. I had to ask someone to give us fuel money just to be able to pick up Lisa at the airport. She arrived to a near bare kitchen. She worked her expertise and prepared feasts each day pulling oil from the barrel each time. Yesterday she was down to the milk a farmer had given us(which she made cheeses and sauces to put on donated rice) for yesterday. But last night she said she did not have anything for supper tomorrow.(this just before I told her the news Below) Feeding 24 people 3 times a day 7 days a week is no easy task, now try it with near nothing...

I had posted a request for prayer and this was just one of the many things we need uplifted. Only 5 of near 400+ "friends" on facebook replied and only one asked for our petitions, though it is hard to know how many prayed. What we do know is someone touched then hem of grace. This morning our bank account was still -7 dollars, I looked in my wallet and had 18 lempiras, just less than a dollar. As I prayed again the phone rang. A local Honduran man who knows nothing of our circumstances tells me he wants to buy us some food, enough for the week... Lisa heads out with some of the children to meet them and buy the food... We fall short each and every month yet the LORD always uses someone with ears to hear to fill the gap... Our ravens keeps returning every month for 5 years... Amen...
Unworthy servant to a Worthy Saviour,
Barry Ritchie

Below is the short list that I shared with the person who requested it... It is not in order or context, just my notes for prayer

*Electric company may want 3-5000 dollars
*Visa and mission papers and drivers lic overdue $2000 plus late fees.
*No funds for food, fuel, phone, and all out- with a -37 dollar bank balance.
*Lisa's cancer tests and dental needs (Just got word(10am yest) from my sister the test came back positive for breast cancer, must confirm with more test, Have not even told Lisa yet. Need more test just to find out what to do next. Will know more in a few days when she/my sister receives the results in hand...)( I did tell Lisa last night after writing this list.)The nurse on the phone would not confirm the diag but immediately shared info on medical plans that included reconstruction that we should look into.....
*Child services wants us to conform to new regulations and be certified more $$.
*Committed to government to start new school for kids, must complete class construction hire teacher ect...
*Several kids need medical care,.. we cant even afford the meds. Dumas-mrsa infection with boils, Cindy operation in throat to remove a growing cyst, Elmer don't know, Jose also needs a nasal operation to correct a birth defect.. Dental ect for all
*Several wayward children we are in contact with... breaking our hearts...(this weighs heaviest)
*Vehicle blown motor.
*Church in mountain needs cement, the adobe walls are washing away
*Our tent collapsed in a storm and needs repaired sunday morning..
*We have hungry people all around us and we have people wanting to donate a container of corn but no funds to get it here..
*And a hundred more.....
Wow got the photo uploaded amen! only 4 hours.. soo
On a side note the photo is the kids holding up the toys donated by our daughters Kimmy's Work. She "proofs" toys for retail. These are the samples. Also a christian bookstore in the USA gave braclets while Lisa visited.


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