Jun 21 - 29, 2024
Axil and Aida Urbina, Redemption Baptist Church
The opportunity to serve with this incredible family who has served faithfully in Honduras for decades is one we are excited to offer you. Pastor Axil trusted Christ as Savior in 1987, when his aunt sent a group of young people to his house to share the gospel. Axil and Aida, along with their adult children Amy, Ahira, and Axil, have now served in the lovely coastal town of Tela for 17 years. They also have church plants in San Juan Pueblo (The Rock Baptist Church, 8 years old) and Toyos (Calvary Baptist Church, 10 years old). These churches are passionate about community involvement through programs that provide food, clothing, jail visits, school programs, and at-home visits, all with the purpose of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Axil shares his heart about hosting a medical team with MMO: “Personally, I pray God allows us to grow the local church, that people can get to know Jesus through this opportunity. Our community suffers from the lack of medicine, treatment, and doctors.”
He goes on to relate that “Honduran people are really kind and grateful for any help we can provide to them, though it may seem little. For them, it is a lot. Honduras is a beautiful country, with wonderful culture and landscapes, full of people who still need to know Jesus.”
Want to reach out to Pastor Axil?
PO Box 78, Tela, Honduras
+504 3343-9561 (WhatsApp available)
Tela is a lovely town on the Caribbean coast with a rich, fascinating history going back to the 1500s, involving indigenous people, Spanish conquistadors, pirates, an Afro-Carib tribe, and a booming fruit company with a railroad. It has a population of around 110,000. Tela is home to the Jeannette Kawas National Park, where an impressive ecological display of coast, jungle, and mountain terrain serves as a home for howler monkeys, tropical birds, a variety of amphibians and reptiles, along with many other distinct animal species.
The national economy of Honduras 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, and physical therapy to this community. Every patient who receives care will hear the gospel from a member of this local church.
Note: At this time we are only considering applications for physical therapy professionals and soul care volunteers.
Thank you for your interest.
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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.
See photos from one of our latest trips to Honduras in 2022!