lunch at La Grace

lunch at La Grace
Orphanage in Kinshasa, Congo


Monday, October 27, 2008

Ritchies Permanent MTW Account #16626

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.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

In trouble again -

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.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hello from Zig and Zip

Hola! Sarah and Noelle --- Olivia and Maddie Miss you. The Ritchies -- Pray for the you all and the orphanage Casa Josefina.
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

We are feeling better and miss our friends in Peru

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.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

We are offically home but are sick - Thank you all!

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


Jorge's first meal at KFC! And TMNT too!
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Stephen and Jorge in front of the Peruvian President's palace this morning!
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A Great Visit

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!
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

John 1

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!
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Babies have arrived

Sunday seven babies arrived! Mama Cerdo delivered healthy piglets. We have enjoyed watching them play in the barnyard. Grandma Cerdo is expecting any day now so we will soon have more! OINK!
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Meet Valerie

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!

after a 4 hour train ride....

Stephen and Keary enjoyed a day amongst the ruins at Macchu Picchu. It was absolutely amazing!
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Girls Club - Bible Group

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.
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Construction at the Josephine House

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.
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Builder

A neighbor who we are getting to know.
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Cabinets and Drywall Projects

Not all Orphan work --- We are helping build needed cabinets at the orphanage. A peruvian friend made this out of scraps.
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Meals at the Christian Institute

Jesse and Stephen are playing a game after a meal.
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Little Creatures

Olivia and the rest of the children are having fun playing with kittens and puppies in the neighborhood.
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Lunch with the Cov. Pres group at MTW office with Allen and Keith Powlison.

We had taco salads and resting after working at the medical clinic. We are finishing up the drywall.
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Jesse 1/2 Slater Anderson and Stephen

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.
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Banners In Progress for Josephine House

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.
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Lots of work to be done

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

Our New Friends - Gregoria

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.
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Special Treat on Sunday-Guinea Pigs

Wagners invite us to their home to enjoy the guinea pigs.
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Sunday Worship Service - Jesus Buen Pastor Church

Dad with Baby Evelyn at the local church on Sunday.
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Baby Evelyn -- First Child for the Orphanage

Keary is with the first child Evelyn we talked about in the newsletter. Praise God.
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