-We follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.
what is hope honduras?
Hope Honduras is a Christian nonprofit organization providing spiritual and physical aid to the hurting people of Honduras. Our goal is to help meet the needs of people who are victims of violence, corruption, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will impact this nation through immediate Relief, Development, & Reform. Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” 2 Corinthians 4:5.
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With a per capita GDP of only $2,796 in 2021, Honduras is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and nearly two-thirds of its population live in poverty. Honduras has rich resources in forests, marine areas and minerals, though these are often poorly utilized and threatened by extensive deforestation and a lack of effective government conservation. Honduras’s economy is largely based on agriculture. Coffee, bananas and cultivated shrimp are important exports. Maquilas (garment factories) represent a significant portion of manufacturing output and are an important source of employment.
While the official unemployment rate stands around 5%, underemployment is pervasive – in fact, government statistics report that 46.65% of the population is underemployed. Just over 39% of Honduran laborers work in either the service or agricultural sectors, while 20% work in manufacturing. Many Hondurans make their living in the informal sector, selling tortillas on the street, running neighborhood convenience stores from their home, or other small business initiatives that lack the stability of regular income.
Honduran culture varies between rural and urban populations. Though the rural population is declining, it still makes up 46% of the population, many of whom have difficulty accessing infrastructure such as electricity, running water, or roads. Many rural Honduran farmers practice subsistence farming in the same way as they have for generations, though increasingly, droughts, diseases, and rising costs are forcing them to move to the cities. Honduras’ large cities host malls, restaurants, museums, and galleries, alongside a large population of urban poor for whom there are few, if any, social services. Though it is sometimes overshadowed by violence and insecurity, Honduras has a wealth of natural and cultural beauty. Honduras has a variety of terrains from pristine beaches to pine forests. Tourists enjoy hiking in cloud forests, visiting ancient Mayan ruins, or snorkeling in the world’s second-largest coral reef. Artisans make beautiful crafts out of wood, leather, or clay.Most Hondurans speak Spanish and are of mixed European and indigenous origin, though indigenous groups including the Garífuna, Miskitu, Lenca, Tolupan, and Maya Chorti retain their language and heritage.
Challenges in Honduras
Honduras struggles with high levels of violence and homicides; however, foreign tourists and visitors are rarely targeted as victims. As in many places in the world, those who most suffer from violence in Honduras are those who are already most on the margins of society – the poor, the homeless, or those living in communities run by gangs or drug traffickers. There are several reasons for Honduras’ high levels of violence. First, approximately three or four metric tons of cocaine pass through Honduras every month, with a U.S. street value of over $500 million. These huge quantities of illicit funds and substances destabilize law enforcement and lead to military confrontations.
Second, powerful multinational gangs divide the country. Groups like MS-13 and Barrio 18 stake out territory, using it to extort “war tax” payments, peddle drugs, and enforce their authority with violence. But drugs and gangs don’t prosper alone. An underlying cause for both is rampant impunity – in other words, the likelihood that someone can commit a crime and get away with it. In Honduras, just 24% of homicides will ever be investigated, and less than 13% will result in conviction. There are more than 180,000 backlogged cases in Honduran courts.
Honduras also suffers from high levels of corruption, which can be defined as the abuse of power for private gain. Corruption limits the effectiveness of crucial government services like health, education, roads and infrastructure, and public safety. It diverts public funds from the budgets of public services to the pockets of the powerful – and by stealing money that should have gone to medicine, preventative policing, or other essential services, corruption kills.
Another serious issue Honduras faces is the limitation of human rights. This includes human trafficking, smuggling, and extortion. It is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be an activist or journalist, and many people have lost their lives defending their causes. Prominent government officials, including police officers and military police, have been accused of links to gangs, organized crime, and teams of murderers-for-hire. Furthermore, Honduras has weak public systems of laws and government, meaning that it is difficult for law enforcement to respond to human rights abuses, violence, corruption, or other crimes.
At Hope Honduras, our mission is to defend the helpless and the most vulnerable in Honduran society who most suffer. Our goal is to impact this country with immediate relief, development and reform. There are many ways you can support our work in Honduras. You can support us financially, through prayer, or through sharing our message in your own networks. Contact us for more information, to set up a presentation, or just to say hello!
Caridad Valle Honduras Project 2023
Bringing Immediate Relief to the hurting people of Caridad Valle
Senior Pastor & Missionary of Hope Mission Church
"The Ugha word for gold translates as "treasure." But their treasure wasn't gold. It was Knowledge. Knowledge was their treasure."
A Message from God's Heart
- A message from Senior Pastor & Missionary Cristobal Torres
While visiting the country of Honduras in both 2019 & 2021 the Lord spoke to my heart concerning the people of cardiad. The heart of God spoke to my spirit revealing the deep need that the people of Caridad have both physicaly and spiritualy. The people from the city and the countryside of Caridad are struck with poverty, unemployment, government corruption, trash devistation, violence, mass exodus of mostly males due to immigrating to better countries, alcoholism, drugs, homicide, depression, and countless other difficulties brought on by a mixture of personal failures, circumstancial calamity, injustice and oppression. These people are forgotten and among the vulnerable that need our help. The mission is set for Novermber 2023 and we plan to bring immediate relief to the people of Caridad located in Delicias, a small countryside village up on the mountaintop. These people do not have running water, sewage systems, drainage, trash systems, medical facilities, educational organizations, and other basic needs that a thriving society should have. Hope Honduras goal for this mission trip is to bring direct aid to meet physical/material/social/spiritual needs. This will include trash clean up, temporary shelter, food, clothing, medical services, medicine, crisis counseling, clean underground/above ground water tanks with pumps for distribution, dental and hygiene needs, and other support for the community of Delicias, Caridad.
I humbly ask for your support financially, and not alone in prayer but in action as well. My friends, prayer is not an escape from direct engagement with the many needs and pains of our suffering world. Prayer challenges us to be fully aware of the world we live in and to present it with all its needs and pains to God. It is a compassionate prayer that calls for compassionate action. The disciple is called to follow the Lord not only into the desert and onto the mountain to pray but also into the valley of tears, where help is needed, and onto the cross, where humanity is in agony. Therefore prayer and action go hand in hand. Your help will lead you into a deeper solidarity with the poor, the hungry, the sick, the dying, and the oppressed.
The Christian writer John Stott said, "I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the Cross. In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?" What does this mean? let us read Matthew 25:35-40"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." Then the righteous will answer him, saying, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?" And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."
Join me in this journey of true justice, showing mercy and compassion to the people of Honduras. Thank you for your support financially and your prayers. May the Lord God bless you and your family for your generosity and care for the vulnerable. Godspeed.
This is what the LORD Almighty says:
Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the immigrant or the poor.
He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frsutrates the ways of the wicked.
Open your mouth for those who cannot speak up for themsleves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him. The man who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing. I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy; I took up the case of the immigrant. I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.