Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

Monday, November 16, 2015

one more thing...

Had one more person call on the Lord Sunday. Amen.
The retention wall in San Geranimo has been rebuilt and reinforced.
We got a late night message that Lisa's dad had a heart attack. That set a series of events into play. Ministering saints provided a way for Lisa to quickly return to the US and be with family. He is doing better but has many issues that cannot be  addressed. So she is helping her mom and dad for a time. Lots to do on the home front here. Two weddings and school restarts soon. Prep to teach in a couple of our churches, maybe put together a preachers meeting for our men. Plus Christmas, New Years and going to Nic to preach. And still maintain our "normal" house and ministry as well.
Have the wrecked kia painted and reassembled. Still need a bumper but it is drivable and looks ok for now, will make a front bumper when the other project below is done....
In case I was wasting a little time....We took on another project as well. A missionary in the north who runs an air ambulance service saw our kia. He asked if we could build his the same way to use in the moskitia where there are no paved roads. We said yes so he bought a new one Monday, drove it across the entire country and dropped it off wend. Once build and sent back, it will never see pavement again.
So we are raising it(ie making a lift kit) to fit bigger tires and wheels, lengthening the steering shaft, arranging to build new wheels, building a rack and seating system to facilitate any kind of load like blocks, motors, people, stretchers or coffins... If it is like here often several different cargos in same day... old school skills for me, but Jr is doing most of it. Weee. I was in a missions conference a long time ago at our church. The men had challenged each other to give the missionaries nice tools. Snapon wrenches, worm drive saws ect. Top quality stuff. As they were casting lots to who got what I overheard a very young missionary say to his
 wife, "I don't need tools I am going to preach, I'll just take a screwdriver." I thought he is not going to make it, he will need every tool on the table where he is going. I was right he lasted less than 6 months... a missionary wears many hats...
And one more thing. Pastor Renee came by today with a big bag of corn on the cob as a thank you to us for prayers. His wife's results came back neg for cancer. They are treating her in a different way. Prayers were heard... a big thank you to our ministering saints. The prayers were heard. Praise the Lord for His goodness...

one more thing again. We had a very good day all thing considered. So we thought. I almost posted as such. Till screams after supper. The kids wanted a quick round of hide and seek before I called them in. Karen climbed our mango tree in the dark to hide. The branch broke and she fell to the concrete from half way up.
Broke both ankles in 2 places each. She needs to be operated on to walk right. Sched for 6am to open her up and screw her together. Private clinic, not sure how much or how to pay for it but it can easily be 2-3000 even here... need some more prayers and miracles...need a wheelchair as well

Friday, November 6, 2015

Keep moving forward...

Still moving ahead. The retention wall repair for the San Geranimo church is going up thanks to help from ministering saints. The pastor's wife there is having exams for cancer, no results yet. Needs prayer, name is Clare.  Was able to find a headlight for the kia, just need to make a bumper and fix the door and cab corner and paint it all. Another mountain church is dealing with three possible funerals at same time. We are prepping for 2 weddings at Lighthouse property. Various gov officials might be attending Jenny's along with a local paper.  The industrial sewing machine that was donated is in the mountain. Our school year is over but will start up again in just a few weeks... One more trusted the Lord this Sunday. Several in our home have gotten sick over the past weeks, just the normal stuff. Need to visit the mountain churches more, teach more ect. Just never enough time or funds. Mostly the later... Have several prospective church plants. Just need labourers and funds...want to go into Nicaragua the first part of January teach and outreach with the church plants there. An evangelistic medical team will visit here the later part of Jan, should be a great blessing. Hard to captain the ship and paint the hull at the same time, need just the right conditions for the same guy to do both...wont happen in a storm or narrows or shallows...
Went to check on the church wall this morning and clutch went out on kia. Hyd cyl went out found an seal kit for a hyundai that would work and got it repaired while running...Why? It was hot and had kids with me in the airconditioning. Weee. Not what I hoped to do today.... yesterday fix the boys shower. Water would not shut off, cannot get replacement seals or even the same valve to rob parts. Option one,  chip out the concrete and tile make a big hole to repair. Option two,  add a valve to the top near shower head...money and time dictated option 2 for now... weee. Gotta do what you gotta do to keep moving forward...amen...keep us in prayer... thank you

Added ... Wall going up on the San Geranimo church retention wall repair... AND, the walls going up on our first Nic church. Lots still to do but building the walls continues... they want me to go in Feb for the first in building service.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Little things...

Little things. Sometimes it is the little things that have the most.... It will be a long story about little things.. bare with me and you will be entertained.. and praise the Lord. Amen.
Alberto proposed to Jenny she said yes. That would be enough to say, but it is the details that make it sweet. Alberto asked me last Jan permission to seek Jenny's hand in marriage, he has won all hearts including mine by his walk in this. Well the day he opted to ask her to marry him was the 10 year  anniversary of me coming to Honduras and Jenny entering my life,.. to the day. All was set he had used a years savings to buy the ring. Actually it was his motorcycle funds and a change of priority as he won her heart and built a foundation for marriage. The rings were suppose to be ready for pick up. He got there having all plans in place.. Jenny on the way and I get a frantic call from Alberto.. rings not ready or available what should I do? I said quickly buy a cheap substitute(meeting at our mall) and do not show Jenny till after she says yes. He thought it was a great plan and bigger relief. So later on the "ring"(in spanish) aka ferris wheel, he proposed... she said yes. Then I get a text. "Papi the ring is plastic!! I texted back, did you already give an answer? ...she texted "yes". What was your answer? "Yes" again. "Well daughter a deal is a deal. Can't change your mind now. But maybe we need to talk to you both about finances because anyone who pays that much for a plastic ring is a bit gullible"... and it gets better. She comes home treasuring the the cheap plastic ring. She visits Alberto's mom the next day and it rains hard and floods the house. While helping clean she looses the plastic ring and comes home very sad... I think something horrible happened. And make it worse by laughing in relief when she finally does tell me. Funny how much and how fast we can place value on little things. To her relief the little sister finds it the next day. When the real ring comes in she tells him it must be done over because he did not get on a knee last time... So she gets two chances to turn him down. She is now wearing the real ring... and made me put the plastic one in our safe...little things.
Had one of our girls sad because the wood doll house she had broke. So a couple of nails and super glue... and a smile of a little girl in the Lighthouse is back in service. In case you ask what missionaries do, just little things,...lots and lots of little things.
Had one of our preachers cut his foot with a machete. Pack up meds before church and run to the mountain to care for him and make it back in time to pick up folks for church. Then on way home pray and give one of our church members $20 so she could test her sick little girl for hepA. (Positive) on meds now. Little things.
Still need to do a few other little things, we received two crates from the Usa with items collected. Some tools donated, trailer parts needed, clothes, and an industrial sewing machine for a mountain pastor. Haven't delivered it yet because of a lack of little paper things. For the same little things we have not been able to repair the San Geranimo church yet. Was able to get blocks and deliver them but need more materials. Cement, rebar ect.
Bigger things...because of ministering saints, we were able to purchase property for another church plant near the border. Our bible inst grads are working that area since the Drs visited back in Jan. They are also preaching/teaching bible in 3 public schools all grades every week... little big things.
Our Nic. preacher acquired another property in Nic and building materials and was lacking 1000 dollars in cement and rebar... which ministering saints provided. Little things...
And though we are always in need of little paper things we are also very much in need of a little thing called prayer always. Had a wreck in the new kia on way home last week. After a flat, then ac fan went out finished the work of the ministry, dropped of fan at electrician and headed home. Started raining hard as it grew dark. On a desolate stretch of highway I came up on three tractor trailers in the road. As I slowed to pass, the last truck also had the same idea forcing me off the side of the road. Then a lady came running out from in front of the truck right in front of me. Hit brakes hard to miss her and slide toward the ditch only to see her baby laying in the ditch at the last moment. Let off brakes to steer and just missed the baby, the lady and the truck...instinct given only by God's mercy and grace and His hand controlled all. All that happened was kia hit the bank and ruined about a $1000 worth of parts + some body work. Thankfully no one was hit. But the lady complained she hurt her back so I took them to the hospital. Three sisters in a dark raining highway stopping traffic begging with baby in a watery high grass ditch... At the hospital the one sister began to complain to everyone and tried to get the security to hold us. So I was forced to call police. X-rays showed no injuries. Strange thing is they took my licence and now I have a date with a judge on Tues...hmmm,  the picture is them the following day back in the road....had to dodge them again... little things.
Back to other little things. After Jenny said yes I began marriage counciling with both of them. To test the waters one night I opted to talk about a girl named Dinah in the bible and said a few things, then had Alberto read a few very selected verses. I just let his imagination wonder and ponder for a bit and connect the fake dots. When he finally understood that part of the story he turned white and the blood left his face. He actually said if its is biblical, for Jenny I will do it. I almost felt sorry for him for a moment...almost, then I was kind of impressed by the commitment.... before I let him off the hook and finished explaining the story...
Even after this... Jenny and Alberto's birthdays are just a day apart so they wanted to take parents out to dinner. That means me... Little things...
Yet the work of ministry does not stop for little things. Several more have trusted the Lord in the churches and are ready for baptism. We went with our city preacher to a new area in need of a church and did an outreach to test the waters. Went well. There are 1000 homes within a 5 min walk. Just need more little things to make all the big things happen....amen... one ministering saint buys an special alt to allow lights from kia.  Where? Australia...little things. Another provides funds to buy church plant property, another  food, another ships needs, another gives to buy building materials to build a church... little thing add up to big things and the interest for riches in eternity is unspeakable.

Ps update... went to the police station about the wreck. Our lawyer never showed but the Lord was there. After much talking...disagreeing. They threw out the report and handed me back my licence. Amen. Thank you Lord and thank you to your ministering praying saints. Now to fix the kia. Found parts needed but are on the other side of the country. Need to send them the money and get someone to put them on a  bus.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Building churches and wedding bells...

More expense added to a long month. Rains caused a retaining wall on the other side of the church to  fall. An adobe house in the same area fell on a little girl that goes to the church as well. They dug her out and thought they might amputate her leg but Dr we able to pin her all back together... they wall... it was amputated and we need to rebuild it before rain can damage the foundation of the church.
Also had a visitor from the north coast who runs an air ambulance. He wants to buy a kia and modify it like ours...so come to see who it was done. Maybe even have jr and I build it for him.

Not official yet but it looks like our fir
st lighthouse child Jenny will be getting married in Jan to one of our faithful church boys. They are both leaning toward full time ministry... lots to do yet lots of needs to make all happen. Need lots of wisdom and prayer. Also in Dec Omar's daughter Yosilyn will be getting married. After Omar's passing she came to me and asked permission in place of her father, later asked if I would give her away in Omars place... humbling...

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Win a few...

I always enjoy leaving out in the morning seeing the sheep laying in our field..The monkey bite is healing, and the Lord has allowed a few other battles to be won. We did have the multi church baptismal service and 6 of our churches represented and 375 folks  were able to attend with 5 of churches baptizing a total of 19 believers. Amen. That is a an expensive burden to get that many people off the mountains but was well worth it and created a lot of unity. Lisa fed them, preaching filled them and a couple of men dunked them and buses moved them. In all a great day in the Lord.
Also had a call about an available property to plant a church on. It is next to the site we did the medical outreach on. The man who allowed us to use his home for a pharmacy is selling the property  across the path. Great site, has water and electic to it. We had an offer to help purchase it and with what the mission has we only need 1000 dollars to purchase it. Waiting on the Lord. To soon to share all but looks like we will have a wedding of our first lighthouse child... details to follow later. Amen!
Just spent the afternoon with the youth from La Cruz baptist as they did a children's outreach in a newer barrio across town. It is a good place to begin a work. Over 1000 home less than 5 min walk...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

When the devil looks like a monkey

Been a rocky start to the month. Sunday morning started off with a fight with a monkey and he got in the last bite to my ear. Went all Sunday with a dripping bloo
dy ear. weee. Sat night we had an outreach preaching teaching time in a Luz y Vida Baptist Church. One of the member's adult sons was killed on his way to work at the same time of night. Robbed and hit in back of neck with a machete. Funeral was Sunday. His twin sister is sch to be baptized this Sunday. Also did an outreach i. The mountain on Friday night. Several kids went and took care of equipment ect. so I was free to teach a lesson to the youth about the glory of God and used Hubble pictures. All were glue to the screen. On way down punctured another tire but made it home by midnight. Some of our bible grads are teaching bible classes in public schools currently 3 schools, about 300 students. But they are being asked by more schools to also teach in them... 10 are asking. Need much more supplies, funds and workers to do it. Imagine a public school begging a church to come teach bible weekly to every class and ever student.. and we say no because we cannot full fill all the need... glorious and heartbreaking in same breath... prepping for a big multi-church baptism service Sunday at Lighthouse property. Wish our latest project was finished for it... but septic is in, foundation dug, and starting to pour...progress amen. It will be a multi use open building, many uses we have needed for many years...just as the Lord provides. Keep us in prayer...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fighting the serpent

Honduras missions update. 8/21/15
Still battling the old serpent. Sometimes literally. Kids found a 10 foot snake near the Lighthouse and one of our church members eliminated the "threat". There is a 15 footer in the mountain behind us. I'm thinking pet snake... I may find this a lonely thought...
Our preacher in Nicaragua visited and I loaded him up with bibles, joy bags and supplies to return with. He has an outreach very near the border, but not near the normal crossing. Up the mountain over the old single lane military bridges.
People attend the services from both sides of the border in a village up the mountain. Instead of crossing and "debating" all day with border guards like last time, we just dropped bibles and preacher off near the mission and he and some men walked it over for a bolsa of pepsi( ie you buy a 1.5L glass bottle and 3 small plastic bags and divided it and hand the bottle back to the seller. Some might call it smuggling bibles, in Honduras it is just life as it is. It cost 50 cents... do what you can afford. Amen.

An old friend donated an industrial sewing machine for one of our mountain preachers. Other ministering saints are making a way to get it here. The pastor makes belts to sustain the ministry and his family in the mountain. He makes thousands of belts on an old pedal powered machine. We have looked for 3 plus years for another way. After helping the village get electric a while back an electric sewing machine seemed logical. It just so happens it was the exact unit were had been looking for. Amen!
We have been digging for a septic system and building a tank. All by hand, a lot harder than the prefabs they do in the US. But it is coming together.
 Several more outreaches planned in churches, and 3 churches have folks ready for baptism when water is available. Might be doing some of them at the Lighthouse property. Praying our months get shorter and the ministry become even more profitable to heavenly accounts.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

We'll work till Jesus comes...

There are several outreaches this month. Been trying to do a little construction as time, money, weather and equipment allow. Installed a septic field for a future project. It will be dorm rooms to use in a multitude of ways. Has been a large need for some time. A place to house visitors as well as a place to allow our local churches to come and have special meetings. It will be a transition house for our older kids as they prepare to move out, a clean place to house mountain families in need of medical care or night from hospital. House at risk families for a short time ect. Sounds impressive but it is just 6 small rooms with elect and a bathroom built to honduras standards. Yet will come in handy every month. Doing it as the Lord allows. Everything the Lord has allowed us to do in Honduras has been debt free. We build it ourselves with whatever the Lord provides, and it is amazing how much has been done on so little... it is the Lord at work. Our preacher in Nic. is still preaching. Has another outreach with near 50 attending under a tin roof. Hoping to go out and minister with him if the Lord allows. The new plant at the border is having regular meetings now, our church in the city is reaching another neighborhood. It is all a struggle and burden to keep going but blessings abound as well. Three churches have folks ready for baptisms, maybe at the river or maybe at the lighthouse property. Need lots of prayer, arrived home this week to find a thief on the property, chased him around the neighborhood but he slipped away, always more to do than we have money or strength for. Heartache at times. Had one of our preachers in the mountain

come asking for help for several starving families. As I probed his heart I found his family was hurting just as much because he had already given all he had. Last month was the first month I can remember where I thought we finally have enough to make it to the end of the month... that was before the pastors visit. Wish we could get shipping containers like we used too. It was a major help in times like this. There is way more need than we can supply alone. Was able to slip away with the kids for a day at the beach. One of the few recreations available here. Even better when you  time it when no one else is there. Just our family as far as the eye can see... Always need prayer. Thank you!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Only 31 more years to go... in the wilderness... under a tent...

Been a busy month. Had Truth for Today medical  team here for an evangelistic  campaign. Great week and a bountiful harvest. We gave medical care to 1983 people of which 255 made a new relationship with Christ. Amen .. We thought we had a few more but when the pastors reviewed for followup visits they found a few folks went through our lines more than once with paperwork... and were counted 2x. Bookkeeping does wonders. Our bible students will follow up on all 1983 people making in home visits over the next few months.  Several hundred more renewed or got assurance  of salvation. Even a catholic priest and a priest's helper came to a repentant knowledge. Made it through the the week without any major issues... until the last day up on the mountain. Started by blowing a tire.. then a bus passed the parked kia and scraped the whole side... on way down the bearings began to fail on the trailer...but made it home. Jr lost brakes and rode the gears all the way down, just like I had to do last year. Dangerous if you lose control... he broke 2 springs and the differential in doing so. But got his passengers safely down...  With this help a new church plant has begun in Gausaule. And the tent we started two  other churches with and preached under for 7+ years was cleaned by our kids, sewn up and put in service again to plant another church. Sat. Drag the trailer to town to fix bearings, thinking it should be simple and cheap..but what I wanted done did not happen. Hooked up trailer to go get materials only to have it break down 2x. First time at 5pm wheel came off and broke all the studs... got a hold of jr before phone died and got it back on  road around 10pm...only to have axle  break a few miles later...finally put a long board under it, tied it on and drug it home at 1am...weee. today went to the 9year anniversary  of the LA Cruz Baptist church and shared the tent story, that we put up the same tent to start another church... amen. Carlos preached and a new lady visitor came to Christ.  using up this world's stuff saving heavenly stuff is what it is all about... hoping my candle is completely spent before my flame is put out...feels like it is most days...
In other news...Finally have water to the San Jeranimo church. I added a few old photos from when we first began in La Cruz. On was just a week after with 45 people, the little tent... few months later 75...

Monday, June 15, 2015

bringing in the sheaves...

Need prayer, provision, protection and wisdom for next week. We have Dr Waller and a team coming for medical evangelism. It is always fruitful. We will be setting up in different locations each day , it is a lot of work. 5 locations- 3 churches, a new church plant, and a public school in the mountain, transporting 17 americans, a bunch of supplies, 8-10 hondurans, plus our family helpers... it is a taxing task but rewarding and fruitful. Need prayer, protection and provision to make it all happen. The harvest is always bountiful...thank you

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