Jun 21 - 29, 2024
El Progreso, Honduras (South)
Daniel Pineda, Grace and Truth Baptist Church
We have the priceless opportunity to be part of a new church plant by partnering with Pastor Daniel Pineda and his wife Karen, who are opening the doors of a new ministry on the south side of this growing city. Daniel trusted Christ as his Savior in 2013, and he shares “Since that moment, God put it into my heart to know His truth, and I have been studying since then at theological institutions, with the desire to be prepared to instruct others in the way of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Daniel, Karen, and their nine year-old son Angel Zabdiel have been members of Iglesia Bautista El Faro with Pastor Matt Goins. They have been actively serving there for some time. Karen even made lunches for a recent surgical team we sent to the Rearick Surgical Center on this property. Now they are preparing to plant Grace and Truth Baptist Church to reach their community for Christ on the opposite side of El Progreso.
Pastor Daniel has asked us to pray with them that God would put the correct people in their path to help their new ministry. We are hoping that one of them is you!
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 country 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, click here https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/honduras/
Our plan is to offer medical, optical, physical therapy and soul care 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 IBF, 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.