* 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)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It is hard to believe that 2 weeks have gone by since I posted my last journal. I have good news though, now that Pat is back in Guatemala and getting settled in she has once again started journaling and she has promised me that she will soon have a journal that I can post. Meanwhile you will once again have to settle for a mostly pictorial account of the past 2 weeks.

Yours in Christ: Dick

I am left to single single-handedly fight off a machete attack while a teem from the USA has the easy job of replacing a roof in one of the villages.

(Actually a few years ago these kids would run and hide when ever we showed up. Now we have a lot of fun with them.)

Rosa and her family love the home that a teem from
Bethel Ministries built for them a few years ago.

Thanks to generous sponsors, Rosa's kids and others in this village are now able to attend school.

Even though the children in this family have sponsors the 11 year old girl (far left) feels obligated to stay out of school and work to help support her widowed mother and her 4 siblings.

Used clothing is always welcomed, especially in this village which gets quite cold since it is over 8000 feet above sea level.

One of the teems carrying food in to some needy families.

This teem from Canada had a great time with the kids from Hermano Pedro.

No outing is complete without going out for lunch at Camperos.

Last week we spent most of our time down near the coast doing wheelchiar distributions.

Cesar helping load one of 3 truckloads of wheelchairs
that Bethel Ministries gave out last week.

This girl lets Alexander know how grateful she is for her new wheelchair.

Not only were close to 150 wheelchairs given out
but dozens of people invited Jesus into their harts.

This is how many of the people got to and from the wheelchiar distributions.

We also brought food in to more needy families.

Below is a picture of the inside of this families home.
Two weeks ago they had to flee their home due to flooding. The little that they had was destroyed by the flood. Now they have to sleep on the wet mud floor of their home.

I spent Saturday with my kids.

Cesar and Abner's teem took second place in the soccer finals.

Happy thanksgiving!

I know it is a bit early but Camp takes place during Thanksgiving so on Sunday Chris and Donna invited a lot of us over to their place for an early Thanksgiving celebration.

As you can see it has been a busy 2 weeks but they have been good ones. We have seen the hand of God in so much that has taken place.

Yours in Christ: Dick


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