* 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)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Journal, April 7-13, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Actually it is not Wednesday April 7. It is Tuesday, April 13. I am 7 days behind on my Journaling. Since there are no teems here for a few days and no one has stepped forward to do my journaling for me I think that this one is going to be really condensed. Don't worry though because if you prefer the long winded journals all you need to do is scroll down a bit and click onto some of my archives that you will find in the left hand column.

I did manage to take a few pictures so I will at least post them along with a few brief descriptions of what has been going the past few days.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Marcos and Miguel had no School so they accompanied me to Hermano Pedro orphanage.

Three kids that had recently been admitted to the malnutrition ward of Hermano Pedro were in need of wheelchairs.

Thanks to Bethel Ministries and Hope Haven international we were able to get the exact wheelchairs that they needed and got all three kids fitted.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Today we drove down to Mazatlan where we did a large wheelchair distribution.

"Are you sure
that this is the
right wheelchair
for me?"

Not only were over 80 people given Wheelchairs, canes or walkers, but over a dozen people gave their lives to Christ.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Once again my day was spent in Antigua.This year our teacher Nanete and the six kids that she is teaching at the orphanage have again been getting bounced around from room to room never quite knowing where school was going to be held on any given day. Today Hermano Pedro finally gave them a room that they can call their own.

No day at the orphanage is fully complete unless you take at least a few of the kids out to lunch.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine introduced me to a beggar girl who lives with her grandmother in a small room behind one of the stores in Antigua. Even though she has never been able to walk, she has never owned a wheelchair,

now she does.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Eight of my kids had soccer games today.

After attending all 3 games I went home and relaxed for about an hour.

Then some friends from the States came down. We all went to Burger King for supper, then we all rented a soccer field and played more soccer.
Sunday, April 11, 2010

After church Saul, Jeorge and I headed off to Xela with a truck load of wheelchairs and wheelchair parts. The 3 of us plan on spending the next 3 days repairing and replacing outgrown and broken wheelchairs at an orphanage here in Xela.

Monday, April 12, 2010

We woke up to a truck that would not start but managed to talk a half dozen men that were walking by to help us push start it. Before reaching the orphanage we stopped off at a battery shop and with the use of some of their test equipment we located and fixed the problem.

Even though it has been a long time since I was at this orphanage I was surprised to find out that most of the kids still remembered me. It was hard not to just visit with them but we had come to repair wheelchairs. This did not stop the kids from visiting though and every time I turned around one of them was there with a wrench in his hand offering to help.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Today was pretty much a repeat of Monday with the exception that the truck did not break down. We are getting a lot accomplished but there is no way that we will be finished with getting everything done by tomorrow afternoon as was originally the plan. There is a teem coming in from the States on Thursday so we do have to get back home by tomorrow night so it looks like we will have to com back and finish up another day.


Before closing I would like to share a few paragraphs from Briana's last journal entry. Briana is the 19 year old girl who's journals I posted while she was here last week. I think that Briana may have caught something when she was here last week. It is my prayer that it is contagious and that others that she comes in contact with will catch it as well.

Here is what Briana wrote.

They say home is where the heart is and until a few days ago I agreed with it. Then I went to Guatemala and I met the kids at Hermano Pedro. Don't get me wrong I love being home. I really missed my family and my friends but my heart is still at Hermano Pedro! My heart is still with the kids. I have kind of had a hard time adjusting to being home. I have enjoyed catching up with my parents and with some of my friends but it has been hard to get back into the routine of things. I feel like I should be waking up in Guatemala and going to Hermano Pedro. I feel like I should be playing with the kids and giving them the attention they deserve, and though I wish I were doing all that stuff I know I am home for a reason.

I truly was blessed to be able to go to Guatemala. I never imagined it would be as awesome as it was. I knew it would be a huge blessing and I would come away a different person but I never expected to be this different. A lot has changed in such a short time. Tonight I went on a mother daughter date with my mom and she asked me if I had the overseas missionary bug. Turns out I do. I would love to spend more time with the kids at Hermano Pedro and more time with the families on the coast, or even helping out at the clinic on the coast or just doing anything I could to help anywhere. As well as global missions though I would like to do some Omaha missions as well until I can make my way to Guatemala again. I am not sure where I want to help out at but I would like to help somewhere. Laura and I are also planning on going back to Guatemala next summer (2011) for a longer time. Cameron might come too. We were planning on going the whole summer but I momentarily spaced the fact that my best friends wedding is the end of June and seeing as I am in it I should probably be there =) So I am praying about going after the wedding until school would start. If you are reading this and would like to pray for me that would be great. I need prayer on where God wants me. I have a lot of decisions to make as far as school and my life go. I never imagined I would be so called to global missions and I have been praying about taking time off and doing a longer term mission trip or maybe even making missions or international studies part of my major or maybe like my minor. I don't know though that is just me babbling it is all in God's hands. I do know one thing though I have got to learn some more Spanish. Lo Siento and Gracias are not enough to make it for when I go back to Guatemala. Good thing I have at least a year! ( I should have listened to my dad all those years and stuck with Spanish, now I will for sure though)


"I have discovered that many people go on mission trips with thoughts of God using them to bless and change the world, but return home having discovered that they were blessed because God used the world to change them."


Yours in Christ: Dick


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