Learn about the place and the people
HONDURAS – THE PLACE
Honduras is located in Central America surrounded by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. It has a large northern shore touching the Caribbean Sea. On the southern tip of the country is the Gulf of Fonseca which opens into the Pacific Ocean. Honduras is roughly the size of Tennessee and is home to 8,300,000 people. The capital is Tegucigalpa (population 1,300,000), and is located in a valley in the southern-central highlands, surrounded by mountains. Honduras is rich with natural beauty and resources. The main exports are coffee, bananas, and shrimp.
HONDURAS – THE PEOPLE
The Honduran people are warm and hospitable. About 97% are Roman Catholic. Most people (90%) are of mestizo (Amerindian and European) origin while about 7% are Amerindian. Hondurans in and near the capital city tend to use a firm handshake as the basic greeting. They will also shake hands when they part. When two women greet or when a man greets a woman, they clasp their right hands and press their cheeks together and make the sound of a light kiss. Men sometimes hug each other (firm, quick, and with back slapping), especially if they have not seen each other for a while and are fond of each other. They like to stand close to the people they talk to and occasionally touch them while making a point in a conversation.
HONDURAS – THE NEED
In many ways it could be said that there is a war going on in Honduras for the lives of men, women, teenagers, boys, and girls. Future generations are being affected by the drug wars that are taking place mainly in San Pedro Sula, known as “the murder capital of the world”, but also in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Often in the headlines for its high homicide rate, Honduras is losing its young men at an alarming rate. Even more alarming is the fact that Satan is waging war against the souls of men through the desires of the flesh and this world, the deceitfulness of religion, and the destructive pride of life. Yet it is this very state of unrest that is having a profound effect on the general population. They are tired of living in fear and insecurity. This makes many Hondurans open to the gospel, and open to many other ministries of Independent Baptist churches. Evangelistic home Bible studies are growing in number and attendance, creating a need to train men that the Lord can use to convert these studies into new churches. Now is the time to send missionaries who will train this generation to reach every one that is to come.