“Jesus said, ‘Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.'” ~John 15:5
Earlier this month, the Honduras mission team returned safe and sound after a week of working to foster healthier communities in the Lake Yojoa region of Honduras. Honestly, I had lost count of all the trips. Only after counting all of the stamps in my passport, did I realize that this was actually my tenth time working in Honduras.
As I have been reflecting on my time in Honduras, I am amazed at the progress I have seen. Supported by Pastors Noé and Keila Castro, new leadership has taken root in our partner community of El Olvido, and we are beginning to see the fruit of their vision for a thriving community.
Our partner church has grown and matured, adding new programs for youth and expanding the existing after-school program. New regional partnerships in the area of health care have blossomed. And the Good News of Jesus Christ is advancing at an exciting pace.
This trip was special because we got to see the fruit of work to form healthcare focused partnerships that began several years ago. Led by Liberty Members Susan Scritchfield, Peggy Murdock, and Beth Hoover, we began to explore how we could work with local officials to promote health in these rural villages. For that to happen, it would be critical to work together with local government, health departments, non-profits, community councils, and churches. This trip, the beginnings of that partnership began to take root.
For our entire trip, we worked under the direction of the Municipal Heath Department, meaning that our clinics were working to achieve local priorities. For three of our four clinics, we were accompanied by Health Department staff, who offered care alongside our team’s physicians and nurses, enabling us to refer residents for follow up. One day, our staff worked inside a local clinic, enabling the staff to increase five-fold the number of patients they could see in a typical day. Finally, our team prepared a “train the trainer” program for local firefighters, police officers, health workers, and non-profits to equip them to take life-saving first aid training into small, rural villages.
You can be proud of the work our team has done this year, and you can be especially proud of the work that our teams have done in the past to make these partnerships possible. Together with our Honduran partners, we are doing God’s work to bring the Good News of Christ’s healing presence and saving grace to the people of Honduras.
Grace and peace,
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