* 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)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Journal, June 16-18, 2010

I have just returned from a trip to an area in Guatemala that is near the Mexico border north of Huehuetenango. Five of us went in to this rather remote area to assess some of the medical needs of the people in this area. One of the members of our teem was a Doctor from the USA. Instead of putting on a big medical clinic we mostly visited people who were in need of medical care right in their homes. Because of the remoteness of many of these people we were only able to visit with a few families each day but we all returned agreeing that this was truly a worthwhile trip. We may not have reached multitudes but were able to get to know those that we worked with in a personal way. Not only were physical needs met but friendships were strengthened and established and spiritual needs were also met.

I would like to go into a lot more detail and tell you more about these wonderful people that we came into contact with but tomorrow morning I will be heading out with this same teem for a few days to the Rio Dulci area so rather than spend my time writing I am going to post a few pictures and then spend the rest of the day with the kids.

Hiking medicine in to Erica's home.

Doctor Bruce examines Freddy

Doctor Bruce changed Freddy's medication a bit so that he will hopefully be seizure free.

We will soon be Taking Hilda in to see a specialist in Guatemala City to determine weather or not a shut will have to be put in to drain off the water that is building up inside of her head.

The trail in to Christopher's home is so steep and narrow that his mother had to carry him about a half mile so that he could go to school. He is now to heavy for her to carry so we are trying to find a sponsor for him so that he can attend school at home.

Roland does a great job of interpreting.
He even got most of the hand gestures right.

Woody Woodson from Vine International.

Even Land Cruisers
can get stuck.

The last part of this road was too muddy to drive so we had to walk in to this village.

Depending on which member of our teem you talked to the hike was anything from 1 to 20 miles.

It gets a bit foggy at
8,200 feet above sea level.

10 year old Rudy Aguilar Lucas is Deaf. My friend Pat Duff has offered to work with him so that he can somehow communicate with people.

(Actually I haven't told Pat about him yet but she reads my journals so now she knows that she has offered to see him.)

4 year old Heidi Marimar Gomez Lucas has no opening into her ear. We are trying to schedule her in at Hermano Pedro so that she can see a specialist.

6 years old Noe Avidail Gomez Martinet
lives on sugar water and 2 tortillas a day.

Yours in Christ: Dick


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