* 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, June 15, 2010

Journal, June 11-15, 2010

At the top of most of my Journal entries I post pictures that I have taken of some of the beautiful children that I work with here in Guatemala. Here is another picture of a beautiful child.

"Lord help me to see each child that you have created
in the same way that you see them."

The LORD said to Samuel,

"Do not consider his appearance .........
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7

Friday, June 11, 2010
I woke up with intentions of going to Hermano Pedro orphanage this morning but my stomach soon told me otherwise. After all these years of living here in Guatemala I have gotten to the point where I can eat just about anything with out it bothering my stomach. Like I said just about anything. Evidently something that I ate last night got to my otherwise iron stomach. Funny thing though my kids ate my cooking and they didn't get sick.

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These 4 pictures in today's post are not paintings of what the inside of my stomach is feeling like. Believe it or not they are untouched photographs of Pacaya the volcano here in Guatemala that erupted 2 weeks ago. The majority of the pictures that I post are taken by me but as much as I would like to take credit for these I have to admit that I did not take them. They were taken by Nick Weaver who works with Orphan Resource International.

Thanks Nick

Yours in Christ: Dick

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm feeling better today. I hung out with the kids most of the day. Four of my boys had a big soccer game in San Lucas. They took a buss with the rest of their teem but 13 of us took my car there to watch the game. This was their last game of the season and a big one. Chimaltenango and Antigua were playing for first place after beating out 8 other towns during the past few months. It was a close one but my kids won by one goal. Tonight I took the kids that played out for supper to celebrate.

Yours in Christ: Dick

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Church, and then the kids and I took 2 visitors from England and 3 from the States through Hermano Pedro orphanage. Nearly every kid was in bed when we arrived shortly after 1 PM but we made short work of that.

Not only did this group love on the Orphanage kids but they had a great time with my kids as well.

Monday, June 14, 2010

I plan on being on the road again for the next 7 days. So I decided to spend the day at the orphanage just hanging out with the kids. In the morning 2 American volunteers and myself took 3 of the kids out to the park and then at noon I took Ervin out to Camperos. I would have liked to take more of the kids out to lunch but the 2 girls that helped me take the kids to the park had other commitments. It was really difficult for me to decide which kid to take to lunch when so many of them wanted to go and in some ways it would have been easier for me to not have taken anyone but I am learning that reaching out to just a few or even one is better than burring my head in the sand and not reaching out to any any of them. Ervin who Spends 4 to 5 hours a day tied to a post in his wheelchair and the other 19 to 20 hours a day locked in his crib wholeheartedly agreed.

I headed for home at around 3 PM because I had promised my kids that I would spend some time with them before going back out on the road for a week. A few of the kids do not get out of school until 6 PM so the rest of us hung out at the house and played some games. Once the rest of them got home we walked down to Camperos and had Pizza. We had reserved a soccer field for 8 PM (Why they call it a field when it is cement is beyond me.) so I tried to convince the kids that it was not wise to eat to much pizza before playing.

.........(Silly me. Nice try, but it didn't work!)

It still baffles me as to why my kids tell me that I am being cruel to them if I ask them to walk to the store for a dozen eggs when it is drizzling out but have no problem playing soccer in a downpour.
A while back I was asked how I could do any missionary work when there were always so many kids around. My answer to that is not only do I try to involve my kids in this ministry but that God is showing me more and more that a big part of my ministry is being there for my kids. Yes there will always be Calin days when I walk into a room and find one of my kids stealing from my cupboards, but there are are also the Miguel days when I walk into a room and find one of them on his knees praying with the others. I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to be part of these kids lives.

Yours in Christ: Dick

Thursday, June 15, 2010, 11:18 AM
In an hour or so my good friend Woody Woodson from Vine international, Dr. Bruce Allsop and Dennis McCutcheon should be showing up at my place. Today the 4 of us will travel to Xela where we will be joined by my friend Rolland Elf and then tomorrow we are planning on heading up to some of the remote villages above Huehuetennago where we will spend the next few days. I am excited about this trip because I have been praying that we could get a doctor into this area ever since my first visit a few years ago. On that visit and those to follow I saw a need for doctors that were willing to go in and visit some of these people. Because of their rather remote location and their close location to the Mexico border not many outsiders visit this area. Some of these remote border settlements are hot spots for drug runners so most visitor and unfortunately most missionaries stay clear of them.

I ask that you pray for this trip that it may be just the first of several trips where we can go to these people and demonstrate God's love in action. We will be as careful as possible but are aware that there are dangers. We know that bad things can happen to good people, but we also know that God said "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." (Mark 16:15) So we are going. Ever since coming to Guatemala I have known that I was exactly where God wanted me to be so what better place could I possibly be?

Yours in Christ: Dick


Anonymous Chad Baron said...

Dick, thanks for the continual updates, I love reading about what you are doing. I can't wait until Trina and I get there in September. Hopefully we'll be able to spend a little time with you.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010  

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