Note from Monica

I have served as a missionary to Honduras since 2011 and my husband, Gary, since 2012. 
Our church partnered with four other churches and besides spiritual support, we offer medical care, medicines, clothes, shoes, food, etc, in remote areas in the mountains around San Pedro Sula, the biggest city of Honduras and its industrial capital. We clean, we paint, we play with children, and we do whatever is needed to show the people we serve the love of God and His purposes. 
We work with several local churches and our support is meant to strengthen the ministry of local pastors, able to ensure follow up and pastoral care.

During our brigades, we became aware that the lack of clean drinking water is the main cause of sickness in people we minister to. Therefore, my husband initiated a new ministry focusing on drilling wells around the churches we partner with. We intend to drill the first well during our trip this month. We realize that the biggest need is the Living Water. Therefore our efforts are toward ensuring the people would associate the physical water to God's care for them. Our goal is to help build a team of young Honduran Christians to continue the work under local pastoral supervision. This way, another problem would be met, helping young people develop skills to help them earn a living.

In Honduras, the situation is critical in many respects: [1]
Population (thousands) 2012, total =7,935.8
Population (thousands) 2012, under 18= 3,370.4
Population (thousands) 2012, under 5 = 988.9

The numbers show that 42.5% of the population is under the age of 18, of which almost 30% are under 5 years of age.
We deal mostly with young people, mostly without solid education, and the challenge is huge. 
My heart is to work with young girls and women of all ages to raise awareness on most critical challenges, such as teen promiscuity, early pregnancy, low literacy level, leaving school and the consequences, HIV/AIDS, poverty, sexual transmitted diseases, meaningless life.

"As of 2014, 25% of Honduran babies were born to teen mothers, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) statistics show that Honduras registers 60% of all new HIV infections reported in Central America", and half of the people with HIV/Aids are living in San Pedro Sula and surroundings.

What we accomplished in the 9 years of ministry (our pastor's first mission trip was in 2004) in Honduras was huge, but nevertheless is only a drop of water for a huge desert! 
Raising Honduran leaders is essential.

I also hope to establish relations at San Pedro Sula University and to start a small group to study through the Bible with the hope some will be interested in becoming the leaders Honduras really needs, godly leaders.

Without God, Honduras has no chance of surviving, with God everything is possible.

Isa 58:6-12 KJV "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? (7) Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? (8) Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. (9) Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; (10) And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: (11) And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (12) And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

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[1] http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/honduras_statistics.html
[2] http://www.theguardian.com/…/honduras-hiv-teen-pregnancy-ra…