* 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, November 13, 2010

The Culture That Crawls

I have done absolutely no journaling this week but I had good intension on doing so today, however now that my Mack is in the shop having the camera replaced I have found a good excuse not to journal this week. Granted I do have this Windows computer as a back up but it and I do not get along all that well.  It took me nearly 20 minutes figuring out how to turn it on and then another 20 to shut of all off the warning messages.

Knowing that many of you are interested in Jessica, the starving little girl that we found at a wheelchair distribution less than 2 months ago, I have decided to post 2 videos that KOMU News in Columbus Missouri did about her.  I heisted to post them at first because my ugly face is shown far to many times but I have finally decided to do it any way.  I am thankful to God that he allowed me to take part in what transpired in getting Jessica and her family the help that they needed but without the help of the many people and organizations none of this could have happened.  Had it not been for the people form PET International and Hope Haven International we would  likely never have met Jessica or her mother and it is doubtful that she would be alive today.  I also want to thank the doctors and staff at Hermano Pedro for accepting Jessica into the malnutrition ward.  Two days after writing about her in my journal enough people wrote in offering to financially help this family and we  not only had enough money to supply Jessica's family with food on a monthly bases but Bethel Ministries has received enough money that by the time Jessica returns home from her 3 or 4 month stay at the malnutrition ward of Hermano Pedro she will be moving into a brand new house that has a cement floor (the only hose in the entire village that has a floor), bunk beds, a cook stove and a water filter. I also want to thank my good friend Pat Duff for being at Hermano Pedro Orphanage  to hold and love on Jessica and the other kids on the days that I am on the road and can not be there.  The films below shows way to much of my ugly mug so please remember that it took a lot of beautiful people to make all of this happen and most of all remember that it had to be nothing less than a Godincidence that made all of this came together.  "TO GOD BE THE GLORY!"

Thank you
Yours in Christ: Dick


Blogger Mel~Bulldog said...

Hi Dick!

I am so glad I was able to meet you when I took a wheelchair mission's trip from 10/10-16 .... sorry things didn't work out the way we all hoped and you were unable to be at the distributions we were at, and Anini...maybe someday we will be able to work together.

I found your blog a couple weeks ago, and have been taking some time to check it out, and have been enjoying your entries, photos, video, etc. So, thank you!

And, of course, some of those images take me right back to Guatemala...I am earnestly waiting to hear from our amazing Lord to see what He wants and needs me to do with what He has blessed me with...it may not be in Guate, but who knows...

Anyway, God bless you, and thank you for letting our awesome Savior's love shine through you...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010  

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