* 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 20, 2011

August 13-20, 2011

For the past several days we have been blessed by having a teem from "Joni and Friends" that came from the USA to work with with us.

Grant and Rhoni Standefer who are with Joni and friends showed up a few days ahead of the rest of the teem.

Rhoni had collected some money for shoes from friends and members of her church so on Saturday we took about a dozen of my kids shoe shopping. This was a big blessing because the school year is about half over and many of them had shoes that were totally warn out.

Thanks Rhoni and everyone else who made this possible.

On Tuesday we we loaded up the 2 Bethel Ministry vans and headed out for 5 days on the road. Among other things we visited several families in their homes and did wheelchair distributions in 3 different towns here in Guatemala. The entire group has really rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help make this week a huge success.

Not only were over 165 people blessed with new wheelchairs but many of the people that we worked with gave or rededicated their lives to Jesus.

Local pastors from each town that we did the distributions in worked with us and they will be following up on all of these people.

I am still working on trying to get some of the teem members to write a few things about thier
experiences this week but we have all been quite busy. When and if they do I will be sure to post what they wrote.

Chris and Donna's daughter Cindy (lower left) did an excellent job of interpreting for me at the distributions.

The little boy (lower right) was my enthusiastic mechanic's helper at the San Marcos wheelchair distribution. He shortened what would have normally taken me 3 hours to do down to about 5 hours, but his enthusiasm and the smile on his face made it all worth it.

We are now back in Chimaltenango and my house is quickly filling up with kids. Since they all want to share with me what they did this week I am going to cut my sharing short and let them have a turn sharing their experiences with me.

Yours in Christ: Dick


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