* 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)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

David wrote this one.

Dick had called me yesterday and said that Steven's chair which we had just delivered a few days ago was not charging properly, and that he had also found a reclining chair for Lucia, the little girl in San Pablo. So off to lake we go. We are joined by Nancy from Oregon, who comes to Guatemala every January ,and Joanne Mackay, Buffalo, who has lived here off and on for many years - even during the war.

On the way to the lake, we decide to stop at Jessica's near Patulul, to see how her brothers and sisters are doing at school. Mom is off selling bananas, and only Blanca, Danny, Jessica and Angel are home. Blanca Danny and Angel now go to 1st year Basico in the afternoons, and all are enjoying school very much. This is the family where we had stopped last week, and after talking to mom]and the kids Dick made a phone call to Bethel ministries and it was decided that Bethel would put them in school. They are trusting God for sponsors. Praise God. This will be hard for mom but she really wants her kids to have an education. The older kids will go to school in the afternoon and the younger ones in the morning so mom will at least have some help looking after Jessica.

While we were there Angel entertained us with his walking wheels home made toy, and also got Nancy and me fresh cacao beans to try. Nancy and Jo enjoy this visit very much, as this home is a little bit off the beaten path, let alone main road.

Next we head to Steven's home in Chukmuk. He was at school, but his power chair was at home, so we check it out. The batteries test okay, and we determine it is a loose connection problem. Dick decides to test drive the chair, so off to Steven's school he goes. We follow behind in Dick's Land Cruiser, trying to keep up. We follow his tracks on the dirt road, which are kind of like those made by a drunken sailor. Dick later said that it is because of the loose sand.

The ladies meet Steven and some of his teachers at his school, and get to see the beautiful wheelchair ramp there. After our visit at the school mom and sister Antonia, walk Steven's manual chair back home, where we meet them to give them some Kids Against Hunger dried food packets. I also get to play with the neighborhood kids again, much to their and my delight.
Next we drive to Alex's home in Santiago, to check on his power chair. It is not charging good either. Dick leaves Stephen a different charger, and says that we will stop off manana to check on it.

We then drive to San Pedro where we spend the night. It is here that the ladies teach Dick and me how to take out 100 Q split a Q123 dinner bill 3 ways and end up with 50 Q change. Something about one being on left, and one on the right, but I will let the ladies explain that one.

Next Morning

After brekky (Canadian word for Breakfast I think. Dick) {Then again it may mean using the bathroom. Dick} at our favorite place ( Lole's), we deliver the new chair to Lucia in San Pablo. We have heard there is a festival happening, and you cannot drive on the streets, so I call Pastor Efraim to check. He tells us no problem, it is only happening at night, he can take us to Lucia's home.

Dick fits Lucia into her new chair, and we all help in making side head rests from 2 towels and socks. My job was buying the socks and towels from a vendor in the street. I thought I did pretty good, especially on the 2nd pair of socks for Q5. Nancy then reminded me she had given me Q25, and where was her change! Rats, almost made Q20! Lucia seems very happy once seated and fitted in her chair, and after Dick shows mom and Lucia's uncle how to properly seat Lucia.

We then drive to San Juan to visit Albert at the Centro Maya school. Nancy and Jo are very impressed, and even get to witness a wheelchair race between Manuel and Domingo. The school is now teaching deaf and mute kids a well a the others.

We drive back to Alex,s place in Santiago, down near the lake, and find his batteries okay, so we exchange one charger. I get to watch the vehicle while the others help Alex with a computer problem, and I am not even bugged once by a street vendor!

We then drive back to Antigua, and before calling it a day Dick and I stop at Hermano Pedro to see Ervin, who has just returned from home. We had received word he had lost weight, and was pretty up set. Dick and I got him out of his crib, and talked to him, and held him. Hopefully tomorrow, we can visit him some more. Dick says Ervin's home life isn't too good.

I think Dick and I have visited the lake about 3 weeks in a row, now.

Hope God sends us again next week!
Thanks, Dick , Nancy, and Jo for the good time.

Thank you, Lord.


Thank you Dave. Dave's journal was actually written over a week and a half ago but up until today I had not taken the time to translate it from Canadian into English. Pat did a bit of traveling with me this past week so I am procrastinating in posting a new journal for a few more days. If she does not take this as a hint and write something soon I may have to take a stab at writing something on my own again but after writing about the experience that I had in getting my drivers licenses last week I think that my credibility in telling the truth has has plummeted. I only wish that story were not true. Oh! I do admit to doctoring up and improving some of the pictures of myself that I posted last week.

Yours in Christ: Dick


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