Honduras Missions

The Ritchie Family / Children's Lighthouse

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

need moto..vated

Been a struggle to post lately. Poor internet, no computer ect. But the work continues. Mother's day went well even baptized 4 wanting to follow the Lord at the Lighthouse baptist church
. Went yesterday to visit a new outreach near the border. A group of 20 adults have been meeting in a home. It is actually lost and found fruit. Two families from our churches in the mountains moved there a while back. They did not know each other or the connection  but both sought the same thing. They met began meetings and grew. Now more than 20 adults. One older man had some ministry experience  and began to lead. Then they contacted us to help. Our bible students  have stepped up to begin helping, guide   and teach them correctly. So it appears we have a new church plant. Good location seed on the wayside. Right along the pan american highway. There is even a small property available I am told for only 1500 dollars that would be the perfect start to a meeting place. Need to investigate. The same bible students also are teaching bible classes in the public schools on the mountain...and being requested by other schools. The saw 45 students and a teacher trust the Lord last week. In need of buses  for several  churches and the children's lighthouse. It would grow the churches a lot here. Buses came easy to me in the usa, I gave away many to help start bus ministries, not sure why it is so hard to get one here. Been praying for one for 10 years. Had 30 plus people in our kia yesterday going to church. But it is just one vehicle  and cannot serve 8 churches at the same time. We need motorcycles as well to get our preachers where they need to be. This too has been a major  hindrance. Need a computer to communicate , need motorcycles to propagate, and buses to "motor"vate the gospel. Our problem in Honduras is typically this. Example.. Monday we had a small special bank deposit given. Amen we praise the Lord, answer to prayer...make plans how to use it. Head to the city to an atm to fulfill the plan....and blow a tire...and use the special funds fixing the truck to get home... weee. Our ministering saints have carried our heavy burden faithfully for a long time. Though few in number  much has accomplished through them by our Lord's hand. We continually give thanks for you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ravens in the wilderness

We have a small circle of wonderful ministering saints who carry a weighty percent of the Lord's ministry here. Without them we simply could not minister here. They are our ravens in the wilderness obeying the LORD. My heart is filled with gratitude and often trepidation when we share our personal issues. The needs are always more than our supply and I  do not want to increase their sacrifice and overburden them. What is needed is more ministering Saints to lighten the load as our months seem to be getting longer every year, prices increase, needs increase. just a simple issue; Been 4 months without a washing machine in a large family household.   Please keep it all in prayer.
We had sad news  this month. Little Elias, the baby Jr and  Lourdes cared for last year and nursed back to health at great expense, passed away. He was taken from us  healthy about 6 month ago for what was suppose to be better care facility. I knew when it happened it was not a good thing but must obey the powers that be. I do not know of anyplace else willing to take in a baby with celebral palsy and care for them for life. He died of malnutrition and pneumonia in the hospital. The mother refused the body and an unknown person took and buried him prior to the government officials going. So no one even knows where he was buried. If we had the resourses there is so much more we could do.
This is in memory of baby Elias Garcia, October 11, 2013 - April 10, 2015. You brightened our lives in the 11 months you were in our care last year. We will miss you

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How do you say no?

Another ambulance run. Neighbors run to our house and plead for help. A young girl in our neighborhood fell and broke her arm. Rush to get to social hospital ..Dr's on strike...no one there to help...family is very poor and cannot afford a pay clinic. Go to a cheap clinic and get run around nothing done and loose $20 on an unusable xray..no Drs available.. ok I Call the good Dr we know at home and he rushes in to his clinic to take care of us. For a fee of course ....But he does have the best equipment and care in town. Only one who can do live while operating xrays. So he can set things and drill while looking at his computer screen. He is on way now...never dull..so ambulance run and now insurer...wee... "see his brother have need"...hard verse to escape here`~~~Short time later...We find she needs to be all pinned back together to function right...alot worse than I thought... now I need to find $750 usd.... or just bandage it and she will loose function... or stretch food another week or sò at lighthouse(todays is food shopping day and we are very low...hmm need prayer...Not a hard choice, just difficult to do. Talked to Dr and he will wait a few days for payment, I give a deposit to buy the hardware needed and he begins to operate and nail her back together... Hour later... Carla is pinned back togetherand casted...and I owe a gracious dr in a country were everyone pays first... the socialized on strike Dr's would not have done this or had the equipment. So she will have full function in a couple of months... how does one say no? If I had she would be days before seeing a Dr and disfigured for life...Wiped me could not even buy the $20 worth  antibiotics or pain meds on way home for her...She comes to our church frequently. Her grandmother is a faithful member. Hard to say no when you are an active part... hmm that will preach.

Monday I was trying to do banking. After 3 hours in long lines at 4 banks we finally paid a light bill. Wee,.. I was sitting in the market and saw some regulars I have seen a few times. One was a young boy leading a blind old man and begging for food. He stopped in my window of the truck and I told him no. Because if you give out of your home or car they race to your vehicle/home constantly. I did arrange for the place he was resting, (same roadside food stand we stopped at) to give them food and gospel tract. I moved down the road on another errand and saw another familure lost soul. A man whose mind is lost, clothes tattered so bad they do not keep modesty. At times we have seen him naked screaming in the streets. Our kids see it all here,there is no censorship in life or in the markets. Today he was digging through gutter trash licking plates and anything with a hint of food. No different than a hungry dog. And no one even glanced at the familure sight. On the way home on the empty stretch of highway there is a man who has sat naked for 4 months yelling at the cars going by. It is near the makeshift police checkpoint and cars are often stopped in front of him. So people toss leftover food out to him. Not sure what can be done about these lost souls except pray for now... If you stop and try to talk to them, would you believe they are as full of pride as a wallstreet banker could be... It is the reason they are where they are... Pride is THE issue separating God and man... It blinds so badly a man licking a plate from the gutter of a dirty street wants no good news...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ambulance

Kia ambulance. Got a call earlier in the week from one of our mountain pastors. He needed help with a young girl who was having delivery  problems.  Her baby was breached they got her to the hospital and did an emergency c sec. To my surprise and against my advice they wanted to go back up the mountain just a couple of days later. Loaded up her family and her a made the slow ride up. Some men met us where the kia could go no further. The had a hammock  strung up on a pole to carry her the last mile. Baby and mom are ok. Baby's name..Elijah  Moses. We destroyed a third new tire this month. I think I need to fix the old kia and use it more for these runs. It is modified with the big heavy tires. The road still ruins them too...just not every trip.. Lenin was with me and changed his first tire. Only had to help him with 2 tight lugnuts. Amen. Earthly costs $200...Treasure stored in heaven? Priceless.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Testing waters...

Jr and Lordes are back from Nicaragua. It took them 5 hours to cross the border but once across no issues. They did 2 preaching outreaches in two locations Saturday and Sunday under tents and handed out some Bibles with our national preacher. Two of Lorde's brothers also went as set up crew and sang bible songs with the kids. It was a good time of testing the waters so to speak...which they really did too. Between services was enough time to visit the beach like we did last month. A retired Sandinista Captian allowed them to stay in his home and helped them do the outreaches.

Just prior to Nic. we finished up with the visiting group from Wings BPS and they headed north to help another mission. They walked every major street in Choluteca with folks from our churches handing out thousands of invitations to Wend night church service and 10'
s of thousands J/R. Wends was a double header preaching service held outside because near 300 showed up with several trusting the LORD. Bibles were handed out to 95 first time visitors. They also spent time in a school teaching as well. A great visit. I believe the LORD was pleased in all of it. Lots of work but lotsof treasure in heaven as well.  ...amen corner-Well pump runs...and we got our washing machine parts in and are washing clothes... Amen! In between the two outreaches one of our mountain pastors asked for help moving his corn harvest. So we took the kia up and loaded it down with corn seed. and lost a new tire when a sharp rock cut it up... after sweating it all out the A/C also quit... Return to town dusty, hot,  sweaty and replaced both... A/C needed a new fan... no one had one, not even the dealer... A search of junkyards for one that was...well close enough. Air is cold again...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

putting out fires...

Have a great group here from Wings BPS. They sent 18000 John and Romans to distribute on a bliz to help one of our city churches. Picked them up in the capital(half lost luggage) arrive back in Choluteca in time to pickup the parts Jr needed to install the new pump motor...use kia to lower pump, at midnight we finaly got water up and running...only to have lines burst over night. Head out with group and distribute near 10,000 of the J/Romans in a great day. Come home to seeing a blazing fire creeping up toward the lighthouse (kids in bed) wake all load up a tank of water on the kia(firetruck) and head out to battle the blaze. Lisa and several kids have melted shoes... but blaze is out. Called fire department... never came. Guess they needed gas money first. Praying for a good turn out today as we head out sowing more seed for tonights service.


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