Propelled and motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we live and work alongside the Miskito Indian people in Puerto Lempira, Honduras. We have no intentions of imposing our Americanism on Hondurans. Instead, we pray for real friendships and a recognition of equality and value in every single person.
First and foremost, we share the love of Christ through relationships to encourage spiritual rebirth and transformation. Wherever we work, our prayer is that our small efforts will be used by God to heal and strengthen relationships with Him and with one another; not from a position of superiority, but one of complete equality.
Puerto Lempira is located in the La Moskitia region and the Gracias a Dios (Thanks be to God) department. 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.
And our gentle question to you…
Do you know how MUCH God loves YOU? Do you know the DEPTH of His MERCY that covers YOU? Our prayer is that you KNOW HIM… deeply, completely with the soul-satisfying PEACE that comes from only Him, your Creator.
Consider these verses from God’s Word, His special love letter, to YOU:
“For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they (all) are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Every aspect of the natural world draws our attention to the Creator, the One who spoke the heavens and earth into existence. Every piece of of His world shows His power and beauty. We were created to enjoy the work of His hands, we were created to enjoy and love Him. And yet…
“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
All have sinned… all. Sin is a word that seems to be ‘out of favor’ these days. To make Christianity more palatable or attractive, we often water down the idea of sin. Sin is, in its simplest form, separation from the One who created us. Sin can manifest itself in so many ways… subtle and not-so-subtle. God, being holy and just, hates sin. And yet…
“God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
While humanity was/is still wallowing in itself, God still sent Christ to die for our very own souls. It is mind-boggling to consider such love.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
A righteous, just God has every right to judge fairly. Because of our sin, He has every right to call us condemned. However, because of His magnificent mercy, God has chose to offer us a free gift… forgiveness and eternal life with Him for those who are in Christ. How does one accept such a gift?
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10: 9-10
“For Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
It really is that simple. God wants His people in a relationship to Him. It is NOT about religion. It is NOT about the list of To-Dos. It is about our HEARTS. He wants it ALL… and He stands offering something so beautiful in return: Forgiveness from the weight of sin, Mercy, Grace and true Peace. It is His to give… and He wants to give it to YOU.