lunch at La Grace

lunch at La Grace
Orphanage in Kinshasa, Congo


Tuesday, May 29, 2012


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Duffle Packing

We have hit the packing phase now! Duffles, duffles....we need more duffles! We are running errards each day collecting items that were requested by the staff in Zimbabwe. The little things in life that make our lives batteries, mint tea, nerf darts! Living in Zimbabwe will be very different! God is gracious and faithful. He provided 5 cannisters of formula for Lilly through a fellow teacher in Keary's school district. And BONUS! It has probiotic in it! Just what Lilly needs in Africa.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Graduations and Zimbabwe in sight

Family and Friends, What an exciting time! Skip has graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary this week, Keary will wind down her work with ELL students, Olivia will graduate from elementary school Friday and our other kiddos will be running fast into summer vacation. We are excited about family coming in town to celebrate with us and help us prepare for our mission trip to Bulawayo! With just 10 days away, Zimbabwe is in sight! We are making our final preparations and will soon begin our packing phase! We have been remiss in keeping up with our blog but will do our best to keep everyone informed with details and prayer requests. Fundraising: We are getting closer! We are still short about $2500 from being fully-funded. We ask for prayer for this especially. We have come a long way and are so grateful for our incredible team of supporters! We would love to reach our goal of 100%. Will you consider supporting us or perhaps adding to your current support? Donations can still be sent to either of the addresses listed on the right. We look forward to being hands and feet to the orphaned and fatherless of Bulawayo. Donations: We have gathered quite an array of donations! Now we are trying to gather enough bags to deliver them! Its not too late. We can sqeeze in more. If you have a heart to donate children's books, bibles or help purchase ministry puppets we will make it fit! And if you are local and have an extra large duffle bag in your basement to loan out, please call us! Prayer requests: We will send out a prayer request list this week with details on how you can specifically pray for us while we are away. Please hold onto it tight and lift us up as the Lord leads. We covet your prayers for each of us while we are away. If you are so led to give ONLINE, you can go to and select Donate Now and Give by credit card, then Click here to go to our donations site and click on Make a One-Time Donation without Creating a User Account and type in Ritchie to put in an amount and Credit Card Info. Happy belated Mothers Day! What a blessing you are to your families and a joy to the Lord for caring for his special children! And Congrats to all the new grads out there!!!