* 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)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Journal, October 17-23, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Four of the kids that hang out at my house were among those that were chosen to represent Chimaltenango in a soccer championship that was held in San Lucas today. Five of the kids that did not play and my self went to watch them play a teem from Antigua. They played a good game that went into overtime but the lost by one point. They were a bit disappointed that they did not win but still considered it an honer that they had been chosen for the teem.

This evening Chris, Saul, and myself drove 3 different vehicles to the airport to pick up 18 people and a lot of luggage. This is a teem from Colorado who have come to do a Joni and Friends distribution with us. Since some of the members of this teem also journal I am going to pretty much take a break from journaling and post their accounts of a very exciting week.

Hope that you enjoy what they write.

Yours in Christ: Dick

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rachel Blake Wrote

Our 2 1/2 hour trip to Sacapulas ended up to be almost 5 hours. A mudslide hindered our progress for a time, and after we cleared that obstacle, heavy fog set in as we traversed the hairpin turns, and steep graded mountain road. I was one of 9 riding with Cris Mooney at the wheel, and I always felt that he was driving safely in spite of the tough road conditions. We stopped mid-way for fuel and these girls in traditional dress were selling colorful baskets.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Rachel Wrote

God can use anyone...as long as they have an available heart, and use you in ways that might be unexpected. Meet Mike Foy, an orthodontist by trade who has used his talents on missions trips, but decided this time he wanted to do something "different". Here is a picture of Mike with a gentleman he helped to "seat". The man's family were thrilled with this particular chair because the footrests elevate, and he needs this for his illness.
Cunen....many in need, the first time the Mooneys have distributed chairs here. One of their ministry partners, Marcos who is wheelchair bound and helped to start BMI, was born in this town and was proud to have brought 40 chairs and 3 sets of crutches to his people. Here is one who is shown at her home.
I gave up the "LambChop" puppet I carried with me from the Springs (Thanks Dawn) to Alexander, one of our 3 children recipients because he lit up when he saw the lamb. Hopefully one day, he to will know the Lamb of God. He was seated in a Hope Haven chair, one that is manufactured here in Guatemala, by disabled workers since there were no JAF chairs that were just right for him.

40 Wheelchairs were distributed, 3 recipients accepted Christ and 30 children prayed with Pastor Don and Donna Mooney to accept Christ after they were told the Gospel story via the evangelism bracelets.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More from Rachel
We were able to "sleep in", leaving the hotel at 8:30AM for breakfast, then a quick stop at the wheelchair restoration shop for loading chairs and supplies for tomorrows distribution. Devotions at the shop, then a 7 hour drive to Coban.

Stefanie Kellemeyn, who is on her first Wheels trip and is a pediatric nurse in Colorado Springs, does some nursing on the roadside. Harrison, a physical therapy student received some bug bites and……why does that require a tongue depressor?

Our group of 18 has 3 sub-teams, and also Prayer Partners, consisting of two people. Here is part of our group paired with their partners and getting ready for a "Prayer Circle", a time of prayer and celebration before a distribution.

Mary just blew me away.... She always has a ready smile and loves to "love on" people. This pre-school teacher has a way of making people feel welcome and valued, a true example of Jesus mandate in Luke 14.
Here she is with some local Cunen boys as she makes up gift bags. This is Mary Jeans third Wheels for the World trip; twice to Brazil, and now Guatemala. She has a ready and willing heart and does everything from making pancakes and distributing beverages to team and recipients, to running registration, making up chair cushions and preparing gift bags. Thanks MJ!


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dick wrote

79 year old seating specialist Mary Jane points out a few modifications that she would like to see done on a wheelchair that her and Benjamin are working on. Mary Jane does not let a little thing like cerebral palsy or being confined to a wheelchair keep her from going on wheelchair distributions. Fact is Mary Jane has been on over 40 wheelchair distributions all over the world. Sort of makes you wonder how she has found the time to write several books and start a school for disabled people in Africa .

This Joni and Friends teem has been incredible. Each member of their teem has pitched right in and done everything from making pancakes for the people that come in to receive wheelchairs, to seating and fitting some fairly complicated cases. I scarcely have time to do much else but seat people into wheelchairs during most of our distributions but this week this well trained teem has made it possible for me to be able to have enough free time to just wonder around from work station to work station and observe all of the different ways that God's love is being demonstrated to the people here in Guatemala.

Thanks Teem,
Yours in Christ: Dick

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Today we had our third and final wheelchair distribution of the week. Here are some pictures.

Donna brought the family pictured above to my attention. Father walked out on this mother and her 4 children leaving them penniless. The clothing (likely donated) that they are wearing may lead you to think otherwise but not only does mother not have enough money to send her children to school but the family more often than not goes to bed hungry. We are looking for a sponsor for this family.

There were tears but it was a good day.

Yours in Christ: Dick

Rachel wrote

We all serve the Lord in different ways. He can use us if we make ourselves available to him. Trevor Needham never thought that making pancakes would be a way to serve the Lord. But he proved indispensable this week. He and Christie Ramshur spent many hours making pancakes and serving the families at the distribution, as well as team members.


Friday, October 23, 2009

By Dick

Today we were able to take the Joni and Friends teem that has been with us all week through the orphanage at Hermano Pedro. Since there are only 24 hours in a day and I have already used up about 23 of them I will once again let the Pictures do the talking.

Need I say More?

Thanks Teem!

Your love spoke much louder than words.

Yours in Christ: Dick


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