Dear Pastor and Praying Friends,
The need is more urgent now than ever! According to a recent report, Honduras has been named the murder capital of the world for the third consecutive year with a rate of 91.6 murders per 100,000 people. It is the highest in the world. This would translate to a death every 74 minutes or 19 victims daily a fact that is devastating this country. Drug and gangs are the primary reason. The war on drugs has been pushed further south. Secondly, when illegals cross the US border they are often recruited by gangs. They are then sent back to Honduras which has very little resources to combat this problem. Much of the crime is being committed in and around the two major cities: Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. Campamento is outside of these areas and is safe.
With such devastating news, there is still a light shining in the darkness. The people in Campamento are anxiously waiting our return. They have done a phenomenal job carrying on the work in our absence. Hermana Bety called my wife expressing her desire to go soul-winning more and have a bigger part in growing the church. Her husband, Hermano Cesar, has also expressed a desire to be in the full-time ministry. Hermana Bety’s brother, Luis, wants to get his driver’s license so he can help pick people up and bring them to church. The list goes on and on. We are thankful for the spiritual growth many have made and look forward to nurturing them.
We praise the Lord for the nearly $5,000 that we have been able to raise so far to purchase land and a building. I really believe that God has something special planned for Honduras through Campamento. We still need $45,000 for our building project. Please pray that God would continue to use us as a Shining Light in a spiritually dark place. I sense the urgency now more than ever to do as much as we can for the Lord in Honduras. Please pray about what the Lord would have you to do concerning the building project. To all my supporting churches, thank you so much for your continual prayers and support.
Your missionary to Honduras,