FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Alex & Laura Waits

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” -Saint Augustine

What ‘calling’ do you have to mission work?

In January of 2009, Alex felt God’s call into orphan care mission work.  As doors opened and closed in 2009, it became clear that the call was to Honduras.  Read more about this in Alex’s story.

What about your children and their safety and health?

We do not want to minimize this question and we do plan to take extra precautions in regard to the safety and health of our entire family.  However, to truly be ‘safe,’  one must live in a bubble.  Even then, there is always the chance the bubble will pop.   True safety is unattainable.   We let our children climb trees… there is a chance one of them will fall out of the tree and break an arm or worse.  Does the fear of such a thing keep us from climbing trees?  No way!    There are a million things that could happen to our children right here in the U.S.A.   Health itself is a daily gift, not a promise.    Perhaps our lives would be ‘safer’ or ‘healthier’ by some standards if we stayed here;  perhaps not.

What work will you be doing in Honduras?

Our family will be working with 3 homes for children, House of Hope, Mama Tara’s Orphanage and Familia Alestero, in the town of Puerto Lempira, Honduras.  Puerto Lempira is the largest town in the region of La Moskitia, primarily inhabited by indigenous Miskito Indians. We want to watch and listen with open hearts to see where we can best serve.     With that in mind, we anticipate our mission to be something along these lines…   one-on-one Christian discipleship and mentoring through meeting physical needs, educational tutoring,  life skills training, sports, bible study and just plain old love.    Additionally, we have a heart for the entire community of Puerto Lempira.   There is a need for a basic feeding program for children in various neighborhoods within Puerto Lempira.   We have been given curriculum for the Junior Master Gardener program through Texas A & M which we hope to implement within the first year in Puerto Lempira.  Finally, Alex has partnered with a Collin College professor of Economics to develop ideas and funding for micro-financing programs.     Our dreams include hosting short-term mission groups and developing an internship program.  We imagine these things and much more… and yet, we want to remain steadfast to our original calling.

Are you working with a non-profit organization?

Reach Out Orphanage Ministries (ROOM) is our partnering non-profit organization.   Please visit their website and see how God is working to provide for orphanages throughout Honduras.    ROOM will accept tax-deductible donations both for special projects and support for our family.   To make an online donation, click here and indicate the project or  ‘Waits Family’ in the special instructions section to ROOM.   Please also fill out our commitment card so that we can verify the payment as we get started.  You can also mail a tax-deductible donation with ‘Waits Family’ in the memo line to:

Reach Out Orphanage Ministries
P.O. Box 1729
Lincolnton, NC  28093

Why orphan care?

It was our personal journey through the American foster care system that first broke our hearts for orphans, those without a Daddy or Mommy who could or would take care of them.    Some of our experiences are detailed in an old blog, Long & Winding Road – An Adoption Love Story.     It is difficult to put into words the way God worked to change this family during those years.    The verse from Isaiah 36:26 describes it best, ” I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. ”   God gradually chipped away at our hearts of stone and replaced them with hearts easily broken for the fatherless.

Why La Moskitia, Honduras?

Gracias a Dios is the eastern-most department of Honduras. Though it is the second largest department in the country making up about 15% of the land mass, it is sparsely populated, and contains extensive pine savannas, swamps, and rain forests.

In 2005, the estimated population of 76,278 only accounted for 1% of the total population of Honduras. The sparcity and ethnic make-up of the region result in it being undervalued and overlooked by Honduran society and government. This region is also known as ‘La Moskitia’ due to the indigenous Miskito people that inhabit it, even though the Miskito span an almost equal distance into bordering Nicaragua. Even with several key “municipalities,” La Moskitia is considered poor and remote even by Honduran standards. The standard of living, income, and access to healthcare is far lower than the national averages—all of which are already among the lowest in Central America.

In 2000, the World Health Organization ranked the Honduran healthcare system at 131 (of 190) in the entire world – the lowest ranking of all Central American countries.  With few exceptions, the government provides little or no health services in the Moskitia region, leaving the vast majority of care to be supplied by charity and missionary organizations.   The lack of infrastructure (roads) in the region makes healthcare delivery virtually impossible without the use of aircraft.

Above information provided by Missionary Air Group – Honduras

Are there other organizations working in Puerto Lempira?

There is an American missionary family, the Engles, who have lived and worked in Puerto Lempira for many, many years.   They have young children.   This family truly serves in the way we hope to serve.

Dr. Tom  Brian, a dentist in Allen, Texas, actively works in Puerto Lempira through his non-profit organization, Send Hope.   He built the House of Hope and has conducted dental/medical missions for decades in Honduras.

How long do you plan to live in Honduras?

We trust that God will lead us in all timing, including duration, of the work for our family in Puerto Lempira.