* 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)

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Three Day Tour


Written by Dave.
So my good friend Dick called last night and asked if I wanted to join him on a 3 day tour ( the tune from Gilligan's Island went through my head ). I said sure , so I met him at the Bethel  shop in Chimal Monday morning and off we went.

Our first stop was to return an electric chair to Delfina in San Pedro la Laguna. It had been into the shop for repairs, and as she uses it to get back and forth to work, Dick wanted to return it a.s.a.p. We showed up unannounced, and her smile was from ear to ear! I even had a personal escort from the road down the path to her home, being led by her sobrina ( niece ), 5 year old Clarita. Then her sobrino (nephew), 7 year old Chico, helped me and Dick replace her batteries. They definitely were not scared of 2 big gringos!
What a blessing it was to return Delfina's chair.
Then, Dick took me on one of his" shortcuts" through some beautiful country to Mazatenango, where we would spend the night. It was  beautiful scenery, up about 6000', and I remember looking out my window and saying to Dick " it's about 1000' straight down". At the same time Dick was looking at the same view on his side ! Thank goodness for his Toyota's 'oh my goodness handles '
Tues., Feb.18,2014

Today we are taking a new pump for a Hoyer lift ( lifts a person using a nylon harness and a manual hydaulic pump) to a 22 yr. old man, Jose, who lives towards the coast with his mom.His mom had him breach-birth in the middle of the night, and there was no one around in her small village to help.Dick told me mom would carry Jose 3 MILES to catch a bus for school ( when it would stop, often not  wanting a handicapped person on board ). She also carries him 2 MILES to church on Sundays. She has had hernia surgery once already, and apparently needs it again.
What an amazing mother. Another blessing from God.

We were only about 20 minutes from the coast , so we decided to check the beach at Tulate. The boat ferry cost only Q5 return. Dick had a hankering for shrimp.  Seeing as we were 2 of not too many there, Dick figured the shrimp may have  been left over from the weekend, so we passed on that.
We drove back to the Bambu Hotel and had a nice swim instead. which felt real good after driving all day
Thurs., Feb.20,2014

Off to La Gomera today, to check on a lady's electric chair batteries. Norma is a 34 yr.old lady, who contracted polio just after birth. Her batteries did need to  be changed, and I think she appreciated getting her chair working again, in order to get back and forth to town ( quite flat here )Another nice mom  who also gave Dick some money for gas, etc.
Boy, I sure hate when you call me  to go on these awful trips, Dick .
KEEP CALLING, OKAY ( EH in  Canadian )!
P.S. , Wwe took another of Dick's  'shortcuts' on  the way home. We only had to cross 5 rivers !Thanks, Dick

                    Thank you Dave.
<>< Goodnight, Yours in Christ: Dick ><>


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