Prayer, praise and provision.The Water for Life ministry returned and drilled 2 more wells for us. One for the school across from us that turned out great. Enough water for the school and surrounding homes... including our local mayor. So maybe a softer tone toward our Honduras Missions ministry.Plus it keeps all the school children from crossing a busy highway to our property for water. Seven people have been hit including one of ours in the last 10 years. The second well was in the mountains for the Ven a Mi Baptist Church. Water is not as abundant in the mountains, but we are hoping it will provide the church and surrounding area clean drinking water for the first time.Pastor Ruis is healing well with the meds and care that was provided. So much so he came to visit us and is now preaching up in the mountain for one of our preachers. He plans to return to Cuba June 6th to deal with a property that is being donated. They are insisting it be in the ministry's name. So Honduras Missions will have property in Cuba. The general and his family and extended family were baptized and have begun showing fruit. We also sent christian movies to watch, some were for entertainment, evangelism and science videos . His sister in law admits she hated Americans, but after trusting the LORD and watching the videos she sees them with new eyes and a new heart. (she is donating the land) Amen. The general now sits with his enlisted men to eat and talk and is taking baby steps in witnessing. His son is also. Remember they have known nothing but atheism, communism and evolution for 60yrs. Everything we have said is new to them. Ruis found in talks they want a couple of hiking backpacks like they saw with Canadian tourist in Africa and a nice guitar. (They are very limited in what they can purchase) So we are looking for a way to aquire and send them with Ruis.A few weeks back Cindy showed up at church. She was the 11yr old girl with us for a short time whom we we had a large tumor removed from her throat. She was removed from our care shortly after surgery. She is now 18 and has had it rough, and had a baby since leaving us. After visiting church she began to beg to return. Up to 100 calls a day. Then she just showed up at our home as we pulled out to church, she had no place to live. We sought wisdom and ended up placing her with Pastor Augusto's family for now. They live as poor as church mice, but are rich in what Cindy needs most. Now we are looking for ways to help them help her.Dia de Madre 2018 in La Cruz Baptist Church went very well. A young preacher must be walking close to the LORD to preach prov 24:25 and 12:9 on mothers day... and have most of the women stand in prayer to do better at the invitation.. amen... Similar activities in all the other Honduras Missions churches as well... overall a very good day. Amen.One of the fathers that reconciled with the Lord in the outreach was in church today and came up to me saying he wants to serve the Lord. Amen. Old Kia is toast... no one hurt. Amen. Alberto, Lenin, and David were heading up the mountain to check why the new well pump quit working. A bad place on the road caused them to hit a rock driveway of a house. Frame broke, twisted and buckled, rt front tire moved 6in back, sub frame bent, cab mounts bent and broken and cab moved 3in forward windshield broke from Lenin's head and the taillight asy broke off. Changed one tire and drove slowly home under its own power leaving skid marks the whole way... weee. Need a frame to put it back in service... Thank you for the prayers.. The boys took cement up the mountain to fix the driveway they broke and stopped in the river for sand. Kia... will take much more than a day... I knew of a used good frame for sale for $1000 a while back... need to find it again and the funds to buy it... will be a lot of work but a good truck is hard to come by here...
Need some heavy prayer for pastor Ruis. He has finally returned from Cuba to Nicaragua. I talked to him on video chat today and need to visit as soon as I am able. He is very sick. His feet are deeply infected from the many miles of walking and helping in Cuba in the Hurricane aftermath. He is insulin diabetic and cannot afford the meds or care he desperately needs. He needs to be under hospital care and direct antibiotics very quickly.Need prayer and much provision for Ruis Padilla.Now the report from him...* All 15,000 bibles arrived in Havana without issue. Amen!* He has distributed 10-12,000 so far. Amen!* Done several movie outreaches. 130 civilian salvation decisions, 87 military soldiers chose Christ. 7 of them officers. AMEN!*And Honduras Missions has been offered free land to build a church building on.... amen! That would put us in 3 countries planting churches if it comes to pass...Ruis would like to go back and has an open door invite if the Lord allows him the health to do it. Need prayer and wings...Rom 1:14-15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!** If you would like to help click on the paypal link on the right of this page and just put "for Ruis" in the notes. Thank you***
AMEN DAY. House calls on mountain tops.... We saved the hardest for last day of a week of hard soulwinning with our medical team that is visiting. A small field but white unto harvest. Was well ripened fruit on the mountain top. 3 hour very rough ride up. We got a late start because the old kia lost the clutch and was delayed an hour. And opted to split the team and use the new motocarga and see if it would make it.(it did). But the newer kia lost the trailer on the rough trail so yet another delay. Finally arrived and find the building we were to use under construction. Ask around and one man who was present a few weeks ago when I preached up there let us use his small home...on the other side of the riverbed and 100yards up the mountain... and haul all the medical and gear across and up. We saw over 200 souls trust the LORD just in this village... even with a late arrival due to loosing the trailer on the rough road. The Drs managed to see what seemed to be every needy villager for meds and glasses... Â house calls even. Two of them so sick they will likely not finish the month yet pleading for Christ. An older deaf mute man got glasses and just lit up. He could see clearly for the first time. Pastor Augusto worked a long while with him with hands and pictures ect. In the end he too prayed for salvation. Some of those in the village made food for our soul winners and asked if they would build a church and they would give land available for it. Truly tree hanging well ripened fruit... Â The soul winning was done in the dried riverbed under the only shade... very "John the Baptist" like. Beautiful to watch...Pray for more capacity and labourers... this kind of ministry is fruitful but taxing. It needs youthful legs and hearts, funds to cover the greater expense in logistics and maintance. Tires bust, rims bend, rear ends break, backs hurt... But it is well worth it reaching the vine ripened fruit in the uttermost parts... The fields are still white in the uttermost parts... but the labourers are few... and funds even less.We saw many hundreds (700+) put their faith in Christ this week. Much work left to do to follow up. Was a great team. Thank you Truth for today for coming and the Americans who sacrificed to come. And thank you to our own Hondurans who also laboured hard and sacrificed to harvest the field this week... all are very very tired. But joyful and content..
21 baptized today on the Lighthouse property. A former drug dealer, a former gang member, a preacher's daughter, Â and a couple who were begging in the street not many weeks back and more. Amen! And many did not come today so there is yet more. The mountain church needed a second bus but could not get one so half stayed behind. Even so it was a very good day. If I could still ask Carlos what I used to ("Was the Lord pleased with this today?"). I am sure his answer would be the same, "si Barry, claro que si". Amen...
Been putting off maintenance of the kia truck(something very contrary to an old mechanic) because other priorities kept pushing to the front of the line. Never enough for all that is before us. That plus our extreemly bad roads has now made this a problem. While in town yesterday it started thumping and growling. Stopped and checked it over and price parts. Needs front end parts, bushings, bearings and tires a little over $1000 in parts + tires to put it back in safe service. It is needful to ministry runs hours every day and it is crippling when down. Praying the LORD provides a way.
This is a big wow to me. Our Bible institute student's and teacher's ministry. They go and teach full time bible classes in several public schools in the mountains of Honduras(in green shirts in photos). They sacrifice and do this free and full time all day, 5 days a week. The photos are them handing out bibles and using them in classes. The Bibles that were donated and sent to us. Through Directline Ministries..Â They have led a large portion of them all to Christ. And school teachers too...Â We could use more prayer and help to do more... look at the photos and let the praise out and shout amen!
I am here at the hospital where Carlos is. He is not doing well at all. He had a second heart attack episode. The Drs are telling the family to prepare for the worse, and they want to transfer him to Tegu, but they don't think he can survive the trip. Family is worried. Needs prayer... lots. Carlos has been with us almost since the beginning of our ministry here in Honduras. He was my translator that became the pastor of La Cruz Baptist Church. We have served together for over a decade. He really needs prayer... And help
Ritchie prayer letter 3rd quarter 2017
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