* GUATEMALA * * * * * * * * Dick Rutgers *

An ongoing journal of life as a Missionary in Guatemala. It will make you laugh and cry at the same time.

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Location: Chimaltenango, Guatemala

I work in Guatemala with Hope Haven international and Bethel Ministries. Along with my friends Chris and Donna Mooney and their family, we share the love of Jesus in various ways. Although giving out and maintaining wheelchairs is our primary ministry, we are involved in many other things as well. Building houses, feeding the hungry, providing education to handicapped children in orphanages and villages, and hosting a camp for the handicapped are just a small part of the things that God has given us the privilege of getting involved in. For several years now I have been keeping daily journals. Once a week I try to post new journals and pictures. My e-mail is dick@dickrutgers.com Guatemala Cell Phone # 502 5379 9451 USA Phone # 360 312 7720(Relays free to Guatemala)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Journal November 22-28

Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 3:15 AM
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IT’S KID'S CAMP WEEK. If you are wondering where Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday went to, so am I. I guess my only explanation is sentence # 1. IT’S KID'S CAMP WEEK. It’s a bit ironic that some of the days that have the most to write about are the ones that I simply have no time to write about, so once again my account of what went on during the past few days will be sketchy at best.

Most of Saturday was spent bringing camp volinteers to and from the airport.

On Sunday I manged to make it to church with nine of my kids and then caught up with Chris, Donna, and the volunteers and took most of them to Hermano Pedro Orphanage to meet the seven kids that would be coming ot camp on Monday. After that we divided into two groups, those that wanted to go souvenir shopping, and those that wanted to just hang out at the orphanage. I seriously question the sanity of this weeks group of volunteers because the majority of them went junk shopping while only a few of us stayed behind at the orphanage.

Monday was our first day of kid's camp. This year we have only about forty campers but other than the eleven that we brought in from two different orphanages all of the others brought family members so we are still sitting right at 125 people at camp. I have to admit that even thought most of our volunteers proved themselves a bit mentally unstable by choosing to go souvenir shopping on Sunday, they are doing an awesome job with the kids.

Since the eleven orphanage kids had no caregivers come along with them we are all kept quite busy feeding, dressing, and bathing them.

Calin and Fernando were a big help, especially with the eleven orphanage kids

Some of the campers pitched in and helped out as well.

Busy or not we are still finding time to let our hair down and do some clowning around.

Tuesday seems a bit of a bluer to me. I guess that has something to do with the fact that I roomed with 4 of the orphanage kids, one of whom refused to sleep most of the night, and also made sure that I did the same. In the morning everyone pitched in and an hour later we had them all showered and ready for a 7:00 AM breakfast. Like I said the rest of the day was a bit of a bluer to me but I was told that every one, even David who had kept me awake all night,had a great time. Tuesday night Mat offered to stay with my 4 kids so after treating a few bed sores I headed for home to get a good night's sleep. I finally managed to get the neighbor kids to go home but only after I agreed to go to a home with them to look at a little girl that has an eye infection. We got back home at around ten and I headed of to bed. Fortunately the two kids that are still at my house sleep much better than David so it is nice and quiet in the house. So why did I get out of bed at 3:15 AM to writ in my journal? Good question!

Yours in Christ: Dick

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It was another busy day today but a good one. This was the day that we took all of our campers to the beach. Other than having the alarm on the van that I was driving go off and continue to stay on until I could borrow some wrenches from the driver of the burning truck that we donated 5 gallons of drinking water to, and then having the a nearby mountain show signs of indigestion, we had a fairly normal drive to the beech.

One hundred twenty five out of the one hundred forty seven people that came along to the beach with us swam, so we were kept busy carrying campers to and from the pool and the beach. On our way home the clutch went out on one of the buses that we were using but the driver managed to drive it most of the way back to camp. I would love to write more but simply do not have the time. I guess that in order for you to find out just what camp is like is for you to come on down and see for your self

Yours in Christ: Dick

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. . . .Video of Jose and his power wheelchair that he received at camp.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I can't quite remember everything that happened Thursday but I know that we had a good time.

Friday, November 28, 2008.

Saying goodbye is never easy but it was a great camp.

Fact is we had such a hard time . . . . .
saying goodbye that we decided . . . . .
to take several of the orphanage . . . . .
kids out to Camperos after getting . . . .
them back to the orphanage. .. . . . .

. . . . .Are we all tired?

Was it worth it?

You be the judge

Matthew 19:14

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

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. . . . . . .Yours in Christ: Dick


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dick- You are truely a blessing to the people in Guatemala!! It is neat to read how God uses you to reach so many lives!! Keep up the good work.

We hope you have a great Christmas!!

Scott & Margaret Hamstra

Thursday, December 18, 2008  

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