We are official -- MTW has given us a permanent account number for support and funds for our family to serve Him in upcoming mission work. This # 16626 represents a change from short term to potential long term service. The address for support is 1600 N. Brown Rd. Lawrenceville, GA 30043-8141. Please put this number on the MEMO LINE. Please pray for us as we seek God's leading on how and where to glorify and serve his son, Jesus Christ. Thanks for all the prayers and support.
We are currently working through Let the Nations be Glad, by John Piper. So far, God has blessed our group and is guiding several people into full time mission work. We meet on Sunday afternoons in our home or the Garcia's home. We are seeking to encourage people who are being led by God in this area.
By His Grace,
The Ritchies, Skip, Keary, Stephen, Olivia, Maddie, and Sayer.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
We are in Williamsburg with the family. Before we left we were able to send off more bathroom items for the children in Peru. Keith and Ruth Powlinson are in SC for a few weeks. You may remember we did not receive all of our Amazon orders before we left for Peru. We have learned from Ruth that several children are now residing in the Casa Josefina -- The home decor stuff we sent to them is to finish the girl's bathroom decorations. We are hoping to visit one of the families that supported us while in the area. We are closing our account in the next few weeks. Continue to pray for God's leading for our family and our desire to serve orphans.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Hola! Sarah and Noelle --- Olivia and Maddie Miss you. The Ritchies -- Pray for the you all and the orphanage Casa Josefina.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Today ,we went in front of the church and explained some of what happened on our Mission Trip to Peru. The biggest praise is that all 8 of our prayer requests were answered. We were able to help with the set up the Orphanage, we had lots of supporters, our travel went smoothly, we were healthy while there, we were able to deliver 24 bags of luggage with supplies for the children, we were able to give an summary to our church about the orphanage. As we review our newsletter that was sent out before on trip - most of the tasks/items listed were accomplished. The garden tiller was delivered, Keary was able to complete many sewing projects, we decorated the bathrooms, a cow was purchased for the children, and banners were made and supplies were provided for future banners.
Prayer Request Outstanding -
1) Orphanage will be used by God to care for children in Crisis
2) Rooms will be painted and inside decorating will be completed
3) Babies with HIV will be cared for and their situation addressed
4) Milk Cow Barn and Operation constructed
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Olivia and Maddie are having breakfast. We are home and feeling much better. Keary was very sick for several days but is now feeling great. Olivia and Maddie had a special time with their new friends Noelle and Sarah. Most of their Pet Shop animal friends traveled with us to Cusco and back. They also wanted to say hello and say they missed you.
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Thursday, July 31, 2008
We arrived late last night from Raleigh, NC. - We are getting settled and are planning to have a time of sharing God's work over the last three weeks in the very near future.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
We have been sponsoring Jorge through Compassion International for the past 3 years. He came to our hotel this morning with his mother and together we toured historic downtown Lima. He enjoyed his first meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch with us! It was a special day together!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
at least we think so......In Quechua! We were able to attend a Quechua service last week. WOW, that was certainly a first! The language is very phonetic and is read just like English. We just don't know what is means, but at least we can sing correctly!
YEAH!! Meet Valerie! Yesterday we left our village of Pallpanccay to pick out the COW. Isn't she beautiful? She will reside at the home of the Powlison's in a few weeks after a shed is built for her. She is young but will be a great milk producer! We are so excited to be able to facilitate this gift for the orphans from the children at Covenant Presbyterian Church!
Keary led a group of girls in Pallpanccay in a bible lesson during Girls Club. They made a craft to share with others the love of Christ.
Maddie and I are working in the backyard. The Josephine house needs cabinets and benches for storage.
We have been woodworking all week. Please pray for safety for us.
We have been woodworking all week. Please pray for safety for us.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Not all Orphan work --- We are helping build needed cabinets at the orphanage. A peruvian friend made this out of scraps.
Olivia and the rest of the children are having fun playing with kittens and puppies in the neighborhood.
We had taco salads and resting after working at the medical clinic. We are finishing up the drywall.
This is near the Josephine House. Stephen is having fun jumping off the ledges and over Jesse. We had a great time getting to know Jesse. He was with us for several days and help with the construction on the medical clinic. He left yesterday to go back to Lima.
Keary and Jane Fowler started on the banners for the orphanage. The are doing an example to show and teach the local women how to do one fo the church.
We are staying in a pretty rural part of the "county" outside of Cuzco. It is a village of about 25 people. Some folks speak Spanish but many only Quechua. The kids love the freedom to run around and all of the animals nearby. Poop everywhere. Olivia has adopted a dog and diligently feeds and cares for it. Sayer loves the 1 day old lamb we pass everyday to eat. It is so tiny! A family picked up a puppy in the road and Stephen has named him Samson and is trying to convince us to take it back to the States. Maddie of course likes all of the guinea pigs. There are 25 on the floor of the outdoor kitchen just a few steps from our house. Skip "El Capentario" has become the official caperter in the village and is making kitchen cabinets. I am sewing curtains and banners. I finished my lesson plans for my grad class finally! All is good. We are working hard and are enjoying our service here. More later. Skip will upload photos later today. Keary
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This is the christian foster mom for Evelyn. Please continue to pray for us. The orphanage is ready to accept more children in need. Several children are being discussed. HIV babies are also being discussed. She is exited the local church Jesus Buen Pastor.