* 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, September 5, 2013

A Satisfying Day

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I did not think that Osmin (that is how he claims it is spelled) was going to make it when he came into Hermano Pedro about a month ago.  Although he is 18 years old I doubt that he weighed much more than 50 pounds. He was unable to eat anything and could only be fed through a feeding tube that was insured into his nostril and ran to his stomach, but then I start talking to him about the possibility of him being able to get out of the bed that he was confined to day and night and even being able to drive a power wheelchair  around on his own.   This gave him some thing to hope for and I honestly believe thinking about getting a Power wheelchair kept him alive.  With help from Alturo and Gustavo, two of the workers at Bethel Ministries we manged to set up a power wheelchair that laid flat like a bed. Hope Haven Guatemala provided some specialty cushions that would keep Osmin from getting bed sores.  It took me a bit of time to get the controller set up to where Osmin could use it as he has very  limited movement in his hands and his has no movement in the rest of his body.   He can only bend a few degrees at the hips but the chair has a power tilt that he can control which allows him to bend at a slight angle so that he can see where he is going.   Osman had no problem controlling the tilt or driving the chair and within a few minutes after getting it set up we took a tour of the entire orphanage.  Osmin asked me to thank everyone that was involved in getting him this wheelchair.   Most of all Osmin is giving thanks to God.

Osman and kids like these two little girls that I had the privilege of fitting into new wheelchairs  today make it all worth it.


<><  Yours in Christ: Dick  ><>

Dick Rutgers

502 5379 9451  (Guatemala Cell phone)

360 312 7720  (USA # Relays free to Guatemala)

dick@dickrutgers.com  (e-mail) 

http://dickrutgers.com  (web page)


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