Poverty, illegal drugs, high teen pregnancy, and one of the highest murder rates in the world.
The CIA World Factbook describes Honduras as being one of the poorest countries in Latin America with one of the world's highest murder rates. More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region.
The Worldbank further details the economic situation as a country being low middle-income that faces major challenges, with more than 66 percent of the population living in poverty. In rural areas, approximately one out of 5 Hondurans live in extreme poverty, or on less than US$1.90 per day.
Add to these facts the reality of gangs, the massive amounts of illegal drugs flowing through the country, and what is called “the silent epidemic” which is teen pregnancy.
Bringing Light where there's Darkness
Having one of the highest murder rates in the world is the tip of a very dark spiritual iceberg. The lack of the value of life, the respect of personal property, and a disregard for God, are all swirling together in land of extreme poverty that cries out for help.
This is a country that remains far from having been reached with the gospel. A culture that engages, permits and tolerates such rampant gross sin can not take on the title of having fulfilled our call to make disciples of all the nations (ethnos or people groups).
It is a land of survival and yet it is still possible to see beauty in her people. We have made good friends and ministry partners who, like us, look to the Lord for change.
So, we feel called to shine the light and the love of Jesus, and hope in Him to bring change to a hurting land.