Honduras is a beautiful and in many ways spiritually-rich nation, yet also one that faces challenges such as unemployment, unfair wages, poverty, corruption, and violence. Over the last few years, many people have been fleeing Honduras in hopes of better opportunity, economic stability, and increased safety, giving up everything they have ever known to head north. Many of these individuals are traveling with small children, and because of immigration laws and unsafe conditions along the way, families do not always make it to their destination.
San Pedro Sula is a busy city surrounded by beautiful mountains, with just under 800,000 inhabitants. Nearly any day of the week, you will see and hear bustling traffic, hardworking street vendors, fast-moving public transportation, people and even animals.
If you look closely, you will also see suffering.
Some of the needs that are quick to meet the eye include homelessness, prostitution, child labor, and of course, poverty. If you look a little closer, you start to see some of the deeper root issues of unsafe home situations or unhealthy families, meaning some children grow up in environments that are not conducive to a happy, healthy childhood, leading them down roads that no child should have to walk.
Among the most significant issues in our city that we have identified so far is that many children who have been either orphaned, abandoned, or removed from their families by the government do not seem to have many people fighting for them. There is a significant need for safe homes for these children.
We believe that every single child and adolescent deserves a safe, loving home, and that the best place for a child to grow and thrive is within the context of a family.
We are in the “Enter” phase of our work, which includes a lot of learning, relationship building, and on-field research. We are very involved in our local church, which seeks to transform lives and nations with the love and power of God through people who have understood their identity and purpose. In addition, we have connections through our involvement at a local public school.
Our passion and where we sense God leading us is into the realm of Orphans & Vulnerable Children, or in other words, At-Risk Children. God has opened our eyes to the world of children in need of homes and families, and the fact that there are not many people here fighting on their behalf.
We are continuing to follow God’s leading, but a hope for the future is to see the local church truly taking up the cause of the fatherless (Isaiah 1:17), coming together to see, love, and welcome these children, who are among the most vulnerable creatures on earth.