* 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, August 7, 2010

Journal, Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday, April 7, 2010

It has been nearly a week since I have written in my Journal. It seems that there has simply been to much going on. I must admit things have been a bit overwhelming. I was going to do some writing last night but after spending the entire day down near the coast dealing with the death of Ronny's grandmother and then coming home to close to a dozen kids that needed my attention much more than my computer did I once again put journaling on the back burner. This morning I got up at 4 AM to do some writing but found my mind bombarded with other things. Things like, How was I going to make it to my boys championship soccer game today and still get back home on time to travel with Chris and the teem to Mazatenaqngo for a wheelchair distribution. I guess if I didn't get back to Chimaltenango before the van left I could always make the 3 and a half hour drive with my own car, but the way that my car has been running lately I was not sure that would be wise especially since I would be by my self and If I did break down I know so little Spanish that I would not even know how to ask for help. If only I knew more Spanish. If only my car were more reliable, but then again if I rode in the van how would I get Christopher's new power wheelchair delivered to him? The more I tried to work things out in my mind the more overwhelming things got.

Often times while I am working on the computer I listen over the internet to my favorite Christian radio stations that is located back in my home town of Lynden Washington, Praise 106.5. This morning while I was loading up my mind with more and more things that I could not seem to see my way through a song came on that I have heard hundreds of times. Fact is I have it posted on the music player that is located it the right hand column of this journal. It is By Your Side, performed by Tenth Avenue North. Even though I have heard it enough times that I have most of the lyrics memorized this morning it spoke to me. Or perhaps I should say that God spoke to me through it. Why is it that we can some times get so involved in doing God's work that we start trying to do it on our own and eventually forget that it is His work and that we are only along for the walk?

. . . . . . "Lord help me to never get so busy trying to serve you
. . . . . . . . . . . . that I forget to walk with you."

Matthew 11: 28-30

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Since I am not planning on posting any daily journals this week I hope that you take a look at

Yours in Christ: Dick


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