Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

One plants another waters but God gives the increase...

The Green team has left. It has been a week of preaching and firsts. Having the inaugural church building service for our mountain church which has met under a tree for almost 5years. Seeing and hearing the testimony of the widow of the preacher and his children who helped start it. And have five elderly people come forward for Christ Jesus. It was a beautiful thing to watch. But we were also allowed into the Military tank brigade for the first time and preached to a small group of 16 men and had all of them make a choice for Christ. How often in a life of a preacher does he get to respond to the question “How many trusted the LORD?” And he gets to answer, “All of them.” The Green team sang in the other mountian top new church building

 at sunset accompanied by a simple guitar made from paneling and had the whole church recognize the tune and start singing “At the Cross” in Spanish with them.
Preached in a public school handing out tracts and John and Romans. Race off one mountain across the valley and up the next to preach to a budding youth group where 8 young men are reading to preach. Take most of the same church out to an desert island in 100+ temps to preach and pray with them. In all I think we wore out the visiting American Green Team. Might have broken them spiritually and physically as well seeing the bruises and blisters from hanging on, but we sent them home with all the pieces except the little bit of their hearts they lost in Honduras… Oft times it is because the LORD works through the children in our home as they go and help us on every activity. They leave a lasting impression. Amen…

With all that is going on in the world, as a christian I think it is easy to fall into the gloom and doom trap. The LORD is not coming back too soon... Why? Because there are still places like Honduras, where the fields are still white unto harvest and the Master of the field is waiting until He brings in His full bounty... So have patience, till all have finished... There is no place on earth that has no access to the gospel, but there are many a heart who have yet to be told...

Thursday, April 11, 2013


We started early Wednesday morning going to another military post at 7am to preach and found everyone waiting on us eager to hear a message. Our time was limited because the only thing punctual in Honduras is the military but that was ok. A simple short to the point message was all that was needed for 60+ souls to come forward wanting salvation. We had brought bibles for new converts but ran short as we left, so a promise was made we would return later with a few more. Meaning normally in a few days. We opted to drive out pick some up and return within an hour. As we drove back in, we saw many young men in the field sitting reading their bibles. Amen. 
After lunch we readied to go to Eyes of Water for another outreach. As we pulled out the belts screeched on the Kia requiring an hour delay getting new belts and an idler pully…an hour delay was much better than broke down in the mountain 2 hours from home…So I was good with that. Thank you LORD. Headed of the our next stop. It is about 5 miles behind a hydroelectric dam in the mountains. Short rough road often hanging right on the cliffs. As we pulled in I startled the Americans by suddenly turning left and driving off the path. It was a path cut for the drill rig.  I stopped at the well drilling rig to find they had drilled a second hole next to the first and retrieved the drill head. They were now packing the walls with drill mud and reading to install the liner. Not only that the well was producing near 50gpm of clean water. Put the kia in 4wd low full throttle 1st gear and almost not enough power to climb out. Stop to pick up our pastor there and the folks loaded down the kia with local fruit called ha cote. Considering we were not even welcome here in November what a change. On to the little public schoolhouse set up for a movie and preaching. Watch the sunset as people arrive winded from the hike. Sing, preach movie and then the long drive home. Arrived home at midnight... Maybe tomm haul rocks from the river for a nursery. Just another day in Honduras...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mining with the Cross

Last week we finished the churches in the mountains. Doors and security windows so they can now put items inside. Saturday will be the first service in Colonia in a new building. Pastor Green will be the first one to preach in it. They have been 5 years preaching under a tree there, Blanca, Omar’s widow will be there so it should be sweet. Omar preached under the tree for several years before he passed. Full schedule of preaching this week. Will see if we get through it all. Military, public School, first church service, outreach evangelism, mountain top and beach front baptisms. Might be preaching and baptizing with a mountain church on the beach in Nicaragua…if we can get everyone across the border. Always if and always trying in Honduras…

As I was driving through town I saw a hand painted Mona Lisa. For the steep price of $200 you could have an iconic famous artwork hanging on your wall…A deal compared to the other one… I just smiled and thought this has to be in a sermon illustration just don’t know how yet.
Lisa has had a rough couple of weeks and it is still not over the allergic reactions to cashew trees burning. Had to go to hospital 2x for treatment and Ivs. Plus Cindy fell and needed stitches in her knee.

The drilling head is still down in the hole. I stopped by Monday on my way to the capital. They were digging a pit to hold enough water to use to try and open the hole again. Is has collapsed in on it self. I assume the water will penetrate and lift and clean more than just the air. Weee. So much for a cheap well…. But hey they got the transmission back in the rig… so it can drive out. It was a very steep incline to where they are drilling. Even in the kia it was steep.


We went to preach at one of the military post yesterday, going to another today. Pastor Green preached and follow up with MarcAntonio. Numerous soldiers stood and made decisions for Christ. As Pastor Green’s group went with Lisa through the market handing out tracts they had people coming asking for them. As Christians we often look around at the news and world and think the LORD has to return soon. And I do believe this, …but as bad it is might seem in some places to Christians, as long as there is still a hunger and thirst for God in the world, as long as the field is still white somewhere the LORD’s return will tarry…Until the last precious glory for God is mined by the cross of Calvary from the mountains of free willed human iniquity…And the cross makes it obvious God will spare no expense in this endeavor, and persevere till all Glory due Him has been harvested. Amen!

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