Honduran Holiness Church
WGM churches in Honduras focus on a wholistic worldview-based ministry to the Honduran people. Seventy percent of the Honduran population is under 27 years of age, so church ministries emphasize working with university students, teenagers, and children. Churches particularly emphasize working with those aged 4-14. Missionary David Hawk
says the ministries seek to “transform the minds” of the next generation through training in a biblical worldview. This effort is especially crucial in a place where fulfilling God’s intentions often goes against social norms.
Education based on a biblical worldview is one tool the churches use to reach this goal. Currently, over 250 pastors are involved in undergraduate and graduate theological education. In addition, a legal entity is being created to promote and facilitate vocational schools as well as schools housed in churches.
Efforts toward a biblical worldview and lifestyle include supporting God’s plan for marriage, gender identity, and family structure. The church trains couples to counsel pastoral and congregational families. The church also promotes events, like camps, that highlight God’s intention for marriage and family.
In addition to these efforts, the churches in Honduras provide feeding programs and outreach beyond the church location. Off-site ministry opportunities include camps and visits to the streets or prisons. One of these ministries is Proyecto Manuelito
, which provides care and education for homeless youth and other local children in need.
At Proyecto Manuelito, a man named Emanuel (also known as Mey) works as a caretaker and mentor. His story is a witness to the transforming power of God through the local church. He first attended only to stop his mother’s persistent invitations, but after his first experience with worship and a discipleship class, he knew that God wanted to work in him. In the time before he attended church, Mey knew he was not living in God’s way. As a result of his lifestyle, he was unemployed and homeless. His girlfriend was also expecting a baby that he was unequipped to care for.
Then, grief overtook Mey when his baby was stillborn and his girlfriend left in the face of the heavy situation. In the ten years since he first went to church, though, Mey has found renewal. He has been baptized, has gotten married, and has begun serving on the worship team. At Proyecto Manuelito, he sees how his past can serve as a testimony to the young people he mentors.
People like Mey can find restoration, biblical orientation, and opportunities to serve through the church. David Hawk says the Honduran churches are looking for other churches to partner with them for encouragement, mentoring, and strengthening in their resolve.
PRAY: Pray for strength for the church leaders in Honduras, who often work counter to social norms to establish a biblical worldview. Pray also that the churches can effectively use local resources to confront local problems.