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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Waters of Life Baptist church on the mountain and the Lighthouse Baptist church in the valley Mothers Day services. Amen. Had great preaching by our national pastors in several other churches and outreaches as well. Â Cost...one tire. Weee amen...Pastor Carlos and his family did a great job with a special pre mothers (day) evening service and activities. Preaching, games, food and memories for moms of his church.Had one of our pastors tell me they have had 5 new families attending faithfully since the Easter outreach in their church and mission. Amen. One family wants to get married and baptized. Another church is also working with 2 couples about marriage and baptisms. Keep our preacher in Cuba in prayer. Have not heard from him yet. We expected that, but still a little unnerving for us and his family. Not expecting him for another 3 or more weeks. Finished drilling the well in the mountain but still working out issues. Praying to have it all up and water running this week.Julie is doing well in medical college. She spent Easter week at home with us and will be with us a few days next week between class breaks. Julie works with the cancer center for children in all her spare time. Counceling, translating, bible studies, cleaning ect and she will begin regular hospital classes next Friday. She is working hard but it has been more costly than expected. Amen and thank you for every remembrance.Drilling begins, but not according to plan...it is Honduras. Changed location. The town wants to help and is willing to build a tank and distribution lines to poss 200 homes. But we needed a site with a possibility of a lot more water. A neighbor to the mountain church offered a better site. And dontated it to the our mission. So clear ground, and move equipment first thing this morning and set up again. Then go to get a tank of water to drill with. Arrive at the closest hand dug well and we must clean and fill all the ladies pilas and containers before empting her well to fill our tank... return start and find a lift cable bad. weee10 minutes into drilling today we hit water 2x... great on one, bad on the second. Nice little bit of water blew out of hole... then the drill rig broke a fan clutch and fan ruined the radiator, dumping its water... in a remote mountain in Honduras... we just told our drilling friend and missionary who was rushing home to the northern side of the country to fix the roof that blew off his house yesterday... nothing is ever easy... wee
Just spent whirlwind 10 days back in the USA. Have not been in the states for over a decade. One of our supporting churches called and it happened to be timed perfect. A canceled event here, right people to help here, ect, ect. They even twisted my arm a bit Â wanting me and Lisa to come on short notice. Even buying 1st class tickets... that was a first for me. It worked out great, the late purchase 1st class tickets were only $100 more.... which is less than the cost of one overloaded or extra luggage. We were allowed eight 70lbs bags between the 2 of us. Old school flying. And we needed it, bringing all that was donated to the children here. Another church met us at the airport with a caddy and a gas card allowing us to travel.We stretched it to 10 days and were able to see 4 churches and visit with 2 pastors and a school chapel service while crossing back and forth the Mississippi River, and maybe a new supporting church. Our home church pastor drove 7 hours just to spend a 2hr breakfast with us. As I sat outside with a friend without a coat in 30s temps my body began to shake. Oh what's that? Wow a cold chill, haven't had one of those in a long time, almost forgot what they were. So sat freezing a little longer just to remember the experience. :) Â All was great, emotional and needed fellowship good food and shared memories. The churches received us and treated us wonderfully. I found I was struggling some in English which made preaching much harder than I expected. Wobbly on the bike so to speak. We returned home to find all was well too. To a cleaned room and even a fixed a/c. The kids did a really good job holding down the fort and keeping it all going... but were glad to put the keys in my hands. Thank you for every remembrance, care and prayer.
Update Eric... The prayers of many ministering saints have moved a mountain. The healing of Eric has been nothing short of a miracle.His mind and memory have returned, his bones are almost healed. His eyesight not affected, and though still on crutches he is in school now and doing well. A few weeks ago we were not sure he would make it. Then no one was sure he would ever recover mentally. Now we nearly have our Eric back. Amen and thank you for every utterance to our LORD Jesus Christ, they have been answered.Cuba project... The first 3000 bibles arrived Monday. Tuesday our preacher from Nicaragua arrived so we could get them across the border. In Nic they will be Â taken to a plane that will fly them to Cuba. We sent 3000 Bibles, 4000 J/R, 50,000 tracts, a bible institute course for 6 students, 110 children's shoebox/giftbags, our old faithful bouncehouse, and our preacher. All should be in Cuba next week.Our preacher will stay in Cuba 3-4 month with a former teacher who is asking to be discipled along with his family. He will distribute bibles to Cuban soldiers, street preach and attempt to plant a church. A tall order. When he returns we hope to have 12,000 more bibles here to fly in. Enough for every soldier when he returns.The Bible institute freshman classes began this month in St. Teresa. Former graduates are now teaching the institute classes. They are also pastoring in churches and teaching full time credited bible classes and English classes in public schools here.Church and building projects... The first baptist church plant in Nicaragua now has a roof and electric.The Honduran church near the border has the foundation in and blocks to build the walls.The lighthouse shop/class building has walls up and a roof. Still need floor, Â gates and electric.Lisa and I will be visiting the USA for a few days for a supporting church's missions conference. Got my arm twisted just right. It is my first time back in a decade. Jenny and Alberto will hold the fort while we are away. Hard to get away for various reason. One example, Thursday we had a surprise gov. inspection of the Children's Lighthouse. Eight Lawyers, drs, inspectors ect. Wee, never fun. But if we were not here it could go bad quickly. We are trying to make the most of it and see a few supporters as we can. Need prayer and provision to make it happen.
We have much to share and praise. But before I do I want to put up some new info and pics that have asked for
And Â ministry brochure...
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