* 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)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Louder Than Words

 It seems a good deal of my time is spent in making home visits lately.   These visits can range from bringing food and vitamins in to a needy family, to checking on a sponsored child's schooling, to going to a home to replace or repair a power wheelchiar.  While all of these are good reasons to go and see a family I must admit that they are not the main reason that I make these visits.

I am a firm believer that most people do not care how much you know about something until they know how much you care.  I feel that is especially true when it comes to sharing Christ.  Granted I know people who have come to Christ when a stranger simply came up to them and told them about Jesus. The Holly Spirit seems to have a way of getting things done no matter which methods we use to try to help him out.  I have seen though (especially here in Guatemala) that most people are watching our actions and our lives even more than they are listening to what we have to say.  

This is no excuse to sit back and say "I never feel that I have to witness to my neighbor because they will see Christ in my actions."  I for one felt that way for a good number of years.  Then came a time in my life when I felt that if I got them to say "the prayer" they would be saved and I could move on to my next convert with no frothier thought or worry about them.

Spending the last 10 years working  with the kids that hang out at my house has proven to me that there is just a little more to it than that. 

Much like the time that is spent on the road visiting these families, Investing time into the lives of these boys who are now becoming young men has been well worth it.  Granted there have been and still are the rough times.  But God is faithful and continues to guide one step at a time.
Esbin used to use God's
name  the wrong way
in almost every sentence.
 Now Esbin shares Christ proudly.

Alex and Kevin comforting Josey who is to week to attend school.

Fact is the boys are getting so good at fixing chairs and working with the kids that I seldom get a chance to do either when they are along.

Well maybe that is a bit of an over statement, but I sure enjoy watching them do the same.

For the past several days Kevin Alex and I have been on the road  repairing wheelchairs and sharing Christ's love in what ever way He  allows us to.

"It is in our lives and not just our words that our Christianity must be seen."


Prayer update -  Jason is still in the drug Rehab center.  I visited with him about a week ago and he is doing well.  This is a nine month program.  Please keep Jason in your prayers.  Better yet if you could take just 30 seconds of your time to pray for him right now that would be great.
Yours in Christ, Dick


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