* 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)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two children die and two are seriously injured when a car demolishes their home.

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Today Alex (one of my boys), Grant (a friend from the USA) and I visited these 2 boys that up until a few days ago lived in the house pictured above with their parents and 4 siblings. A few nights ago a drunk missed a corner with his speeding van and leveled half of the house killing a younger brother and sister and leaving another brother and sister in serous condition. The 4 children that were killed or injured were all sleeping on the bed that you can see lying in the middle of the rubble. While the family was on their way to the hospital with the 2 children that were seriously injured bandits took everything from the house. The family was left with nothing. The 2 youngest children are still in the hospital and the rest of the family is temporarily staying with relatives who are living in an already overcrowded one room house. From what I witnessed today these relatives have a struggle putting enough food on the table to feed their own family. 

Today we brought them some food clothing and vitamins but so much more is needed. Sugarcane season has just ended so it is doubtful that father will have any work for the next 6 months. Then if the family survives that long father can once again look forward to making $5 to $7 per day. 

If you could skip a latte or espresso for one day you could give the equivalent of father's daily income or actually double it since he only has work 6 months of the year. Please pray for this family and please consider helping this family stay alive. 

"I thought about asking God how He can allow people to suffer and go to bed hungry every night, but I don't dare to because I am afraid that He might ask me the same question."

<>< Yours in Christ: Dick  ><>


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