Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Saturday, April 5, 2014

When there ain't no duct tape...

May 31 was very Honduran day. Expensive, hot and a lot of treading water. But a good day even if only by degrees. Lots of very hot degrees. 106 of them. Sunday the kia lost power steering. Need to rebuild the rack. The mechanic had found another valve cover too. Head out early, 6am to drop it off and hope for the best as we head north to sign on property for a church. Talking with mechanic at machine shop we saw the frame was broken as well, all the way through for the 14th time. Call a welder friend and explain what I want done. Ok now we leave northbound. Off we went squished in little 3cyl vehicle that spit and sputtered the whole way. Stopped an hour+ out to pick up our pastor, shut off car and it wont restart. 30 minutes of tinkering and we are sputtering down the road again to meet a judge and the property owner, more tinkering then 30 more minutes northbound. Arrive and wait. and wait,... Talking in the park with the two people (only two in town) who are also christains. Keep moving down the side walk trying to stay in the sliver of shade. Judge can't make it in today, but he calls the nearest lawyer friend... 40 more minutes north, outside the capital. We talk to her on the phone to find the property owner needs certain paperwork... which is an hour back... but needs fuel (which is even farther away) and has no money. Give him fuel money and head farther north to lawyer's town sputtering away... and wait. Eat lunch at a roadside stand, and bake in sun and wait and wait. You would think the higher elevation would have cooler temps, it did not. it only put us closer to the sun and more UV. Property owner finally arrives, lawyer sees us, reads everyone's papers and finds the property owner does not own his property. ops. He is embarrased and upset. Because he bought it 8 years ago but the previous owner wrote the papers for only the size of his house, no more... Step out of the house and it all belongs to the previous owner. Sooo that needs to be fixed first. Strange as it sounds... quite normal here. Say goodbyes and sputter back down the mountian and break down. Over heat the car. Ask a home for water cool it down tinker, fix wires and sputter down the mountain as sun sets. Call mechanic shop, kia is done and he will wait for us. Actually he will wait for the money. Detour to ATM. We have spent 12 hours in 106 degree cloudless day with almost no shade. All exposed skin is crispy. Arrive back to mech shop...get in kia and turn on the a/c and enjoy the moment solis sunless rest while the mechanic tinkers with the other car. Arrive home and Lisa, teacher and kids still preparing for yet another inspection by the government Tuesday... and we have to go pick them up because their car is broken.

Tue… Go p/u our government inspectors. One of them happens to be the person who has been against us on several occasions. Wee… They walk the house make their notes and comments, talk to some of the kids and leave in much less than expected time, and somewhat happy… Giving us a the equivalent of an A+ on everything. Wow. They leave and I go to a local tire shop to put the front end back straight, swap tires ect. At the tire shop I got the opportunity to talk to one of the city priests. Very chumy talked about many things... then I turned the conversation to salvation and he was in agreement with most of what I said, but suddenly had to go out side and check if his car was finished and waited the rest of the time in the 100 degree+ sun... hmmm... At least he heard the truth.

The rest of the week lay more pvc for water system and prep for preachers meeting Sat. Had a few of our pastors stop by to talk… It is always good and helpful… and long. Some of them pour their hearts out seeking biblical answers. It is humbling to open the Bible and answer them. Today I headed out early with 2 kids to help serve the pastors. MarcAntonio preached a message so strong every pastor had problems with it at times. He did not leave any stone unturned. I gave a lesson after but the Lord had freedom to work and did more healing of old wounds, strengthening of some, support of others and set out to schedual a few things. Finish by running everyone around to catch buses. In all a great morning. While I was gone our sheep gave birth to two lambs male and female. We were also sched. to have a policeman (we led him to the LORD a few years ago) do a safety class with all of our kids. It too went well. How often do you see a policeman on official duty stop and pray as part of his safety class…. Amen! As far as the toyoto photo in the corner… We had a debate following him… was the scotch tape holding the non working lights in, rust lightened tailgate on, or bed together… consenses was all three… Welcome to Honduras…


At April 5, 2014 at 7:59 PM, Blogger nancy carlson said...

What?? The meeting went well and everyone made it on time? So much for visions of delays and the pastors getting to share the gospel unexpectedly on the way. lol
But it sounds like it was a very good meeting. Glad the Spirit had full sway, and the people paid attention to what He said.
Praise the Lord the inspectors were satisfied! God does work miracles even in this day and age.
Keep up the good work!
Lord Jesus, thanks for how you connect us with our fellow brethen, even across the miles and lifetimes. Thanks for being the God who can do anything. Thanks for opening the hearts and souls of the pastors at the conference and getting things straightened out where it needed, and strengthened where needed also. Please bless Barry and Lisa in their ministry with provision where necessary, strength when needed, joy in abundance. Give them the wisdom to shephard the flock in the home and in the churches. Please bless all of the pastors with unity and wisdom and grace, mercy and peace. Give them all fruit for their labors, and good stories to tell of how you have provided and worked in the midst of the impossible. Anyone reading the blog couldn't miss that, Lord! Thanks for being so gracious to your servants down there in Honduras. Thanks for their faithfulness, and especially the blog and fb so they can share with us what you are doing, strengthening our faith thereby.

At April 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM, Blogger Honduras Missions said...

Thank you Nancy


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