Jun 9 - 17, 2023
El Progreso, Honduras
Matt & Dallita Goins
Iglesia Bautista El Faro (Beacon Baptist Church)
Meeting missionaries Matt and Dallita Goins and their boys, Joash, Jadon, and Justus, may change your perspective on missions entirely. This family is making a multi-generational impact in Central America through faithfulness and a strong commitment to discipleship. We have had the distinct privilege of partnering with Team Honduras since 2006. We now send multiple teams each year, in an effort to meet the overwhelming needs of the resilient people of this community. Pastor Matt shares that he regularly witnesses needs due to “Socialized health care with long lines, scarcity of medical supplies, and lack of interest in the patient as a person.” His goal in partnering with MMO is to “give our church people a unique way to serve our community and have a focus on others; see souls saved and added to the church.”
Iglesia Bautista El Faro was planted in 2005 to be a light in a dark place. This multifaceted church is home to a Bible Institute, children’s home, and MMO’s Rearick Surgical Center. This team is made up of several missionary families, all of whom have unique talents that they are using for God’s glory.
Pastor Matt also shares that he thinks you’ll appreciate the fresh fruit and delicious coffee available in Honduras. Be sure to try some while you’re there! El Progreso also boasts a beautiful view of the mountains. But most striking is the kind, hospitable people you will serve with.
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El Progreso is called "The Pearl of the Ulúa" because of its location along the banks of one of Honduras' largest rivers, the Ulúa. It has a population of around 120,000. El Progreso has a strategic location along the northern tourism corridor and is located in the fertile Valle de Sula (Sula Valley), which cultivates bananas, sugar cane, and palm oil.
The national economy depends on textile factories, tourism, and local agricultural production, including coffee. Honduras does struggle with economic poverty, but the county is rich in natural beauty with much of the country being covered with mountains and forests and is home to one of the largest ancient Mayan ruins.
Honduras is a historically Catholic nation, but Evangelical Christianity, mostly of a charismatic/Pentecostal variety, has made strong advances in recent years. Along with the presence of Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, the spiritual climate of Honduras could be best described as "religious confusion." Because of the deeply religious and economic poverty in the region, Honduras is ripe for a spiritual harvest.
For more country information, visit the World Factbook.
Our plan is to offer medical, optical, and dental care, as well as physical therapy to this community. Every patient who receives care will hear the gospel from a member of this local church.
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Christine’s tips for serving in Honduras:
- Download the app Duolingo now and start brushing up on your Spanish! You’ll be so happy you took time to learn some ways to communicate with your patients.
- You’re going to want to look for Zambos plantain chips. The ones in the red bag. Chile Limón.Trust me.
- Hondurans point with their lips. Try it. It’s way cooler than pointing with your finger.
- No matter how many times you visit this place, it never gets old. You will enjoy seeing old friends from past years who are still faithfully serving at Iglesia Bautista el Faro, and you’ll meet new members in this growing church.
- Ask God to break your heart for the underserved. Yes, it’s about access to healthcare, but even more, it’s about access to the gospel. This is our chance to do something about both.
album See photos from our last trip to Honduras in 2021!