Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In Memory of Richard

James and Ellie Carr
I met Ricardo on my first trip to Guatemala to work with Global Soccer Ministries in 2008. He had a contagious smile, a goofy personality, and was there with our mission team all week.

James met him the following year on his first trip to Guatemala in 2009, and there was an instant connection.  He knew how to be patient with our broken Spanish then, and through choppy conversations, a bond was made.
It was hard not to like Ricardo.  He was just a fun kid to be around.
In 2015, we were living in Guatemala when Ricardo contacted me to tell me that he was going to be a father. You could just feel his pride and excitement coming through his messages.  "What a huge blessing!" I told him.  "Being a father will be one of the hardest yet most rewarding things you ever do."
We crossed paths with Ricardo occasionally when we were in the Guatemala City. We would usually see him while he was working- driving a packed micro-bus with the windows down, the music turned up, but still always smiling. He would honk and wave as he passed when he saw either of us.  His joy was radiant.

Yesterday, I received news that at only 20 years old, Ricardo was killed yesterday in the same place where I first met him. It hit us hard, yet we can't imagine the sadness that his family and closer friends feel.

We ask your prayers for his girlfriend and toddler son, as well as the rest of his family and friends. Their world has just been shattered.

He was far too young to be killed so soon.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Matthew 5:4

James and Ellie Carr / Author & Editor

James and Ellie Carr have been missionaries in Gautemala since 2014 and write to share their feelings and how they have experienced God's goodness and mercy on the mission field.

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