On June 3, eight members of Clarkesville First United Methodist Church will join with members of Nacoochee UMC, to journey to Honduras Outreach International's Rancho el Paraiso in the Agalte Valley of northern Honduras for a week of mission service. They will help with various projects in nearby villages. A primary project this year is the installation of water filter systems. One is currently on display in our Fellowship Hall. It will be a week of sweat and camaraderie, all wrapped up in sharing the love of Christ with brothers and sisters in Honduras. A friendly smile and a helping hand cross all language barriers! Our team members ask that you keep them lifted in prayer. We have 5 adults and 3 youth on the team.
In 1987, the World Outreach Foundation was approached with a unique request: a church group who had taken summer mission trips to Central America wanted to purchase a working ranch in rural Honduras. They hoped to use Rancho el Paraíso (Paradise Ranch) to establish a mission outpost for visiting North Americans to connect with Hondurans, pursue better healthcare, and assist in faith initiatives.
The foundation decided to fund the project, and a year later a small group of American executives affiliated with the World Outreach Foundation embarked on a journey to visit the “little Christian mission” in the rural Agalta Valley. Despite the many difficulties of their trip, the visitors knew the Holy Spirit was moving them to address the overwhelming poverty they had witnessed. As the vision grew, Honduras Outreach, Inc. was established as a faith-based, nondenominational 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Honduras.
Twenty-five years later, HOI has grown in size and has extended its reach. Our programs have grown to include healthcare, agriculture, nutrition, education, faith building, commerce, and construction as part of an integrative approach to community development. In addition to the over 200 villages we serve in the Agalta Valley, HOI has grown to include northern Nicaragua and southern Honduras in San Lorenzo in its mission scope. We are dedicated to partnering with local villages and organizations in these areas to help achieve sustainable transformation.
Over the years we have established a number of strategic partnerships with like minded people and organizations which have helped us promote our mission and achieve our goals. With their valued assistance, and the continued support of our those who have traveled with us, we are able to foster an environment for sustainable change in the communities that we serve.
We have been identified as one of the top five most effective NGOs working in the country by the Honduran government. In 2014, HOI was awarded with the prestigious Francisco Morazan Award, the nation’s highest honor, by President Juan Orlando Hernandez, for our dedication to the health and welfare of the people of Honduras. As our relationships and partnerships continue to grow stronger and our mission gains national and international recognition, HOI’s ability to help those in need continues to increase.
HOI continues to attract teams from all over the country and is excited to include others in our story of transformation and development. Each year, over fifty North American mission teams travel to the region in support of a mutually rewarding relationship of life-changing proportions. You too can be a part of this amazing journey and join in the transformation as Central and North Americans continue to partner together to dramatically improve the quality of life in both Honduras and Nicaragua.
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