Praying for Honduras {Advent Day 1}

The plane lifts off, and I have a small panic attack.  What in the world am I doing?  I have two small kiddos – ages 7 and 4.  My parents are with them, but I wonder about my decision.

It’s 2007 and I am headed to Honduras for the first time.  Scared. To. Death.  I’ve not known much life outside of West Virginia. My life has been sheltered, and I am about to land in the murder capital of the world.

Lord, please.  Let this be right and good.  

The pilot releases the wheels, and I dare to look outside the plane’s window. Beneath me lies San Pedro Sula.  And in that moment, Honduras took a piece of my heart and never returned it.

I’d work in San Pedro a few more times before venturing to other parts of Honduras:  Tegucigalpa, La Ceiba, Roatán, La Moskitia, La Esperanza, Santa Ana, Yamaranguila, Valle of the Angeles, Comayagua – and many places in between. In 2013 my daughter would accompany me.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Praying for Honduras

God clearly calls Hannah and I to Honduras.  I return many times.  Hannah’s been a second time. We look through much of life through the lens of Honduras and her people.

So when we began to choose our 26 countries for Advent, next to the United States, the most obvious choice was Honduras.

Honduras is located in Central America and has a population of approximately 8 million. It’s about 43,278 square miles, or about double the size of West Virginia.  Sugar and coffee are the dominant industries.

Honduras

  • is 80% Roman Catholic
  • has a minimum wage of $2.25 to $4
  • has a mostly tropical, hot/humid climate
  • is a Spanish-speaking country.

Our good friend, Jen, served as a missionary in Honduras for eight years.  I also have the privilege of knowing about 200 other female missionaries living and serving in Honduras thanks to Sisterhood Revive, a four-day retreat for English-speaking missionaries in Honduras each November.  I’ve learned so much about the country through these women.

Honduras isn’t a faceless shape on a map for the Farish’s.  It’s Dilcia.  It’s Yovany, Marvin, Mario, Francisco, and Antonio.  It’s Marcella.  It’s the lady living alone in the mountains outside Ojojona. It’s the girls living at the Hogar in Comayagua.  It’s friends like Paula, Brittany, Jana, Janet, Lynda, Lori, Laura, and Sheree who live there and serve Him daily.

It’s deeply embedded in our hearts.

honduras map and hands

Today we lift Honduras to our Heavenly Father.  We acknowledge the violence and the poverty.  The need.  We envision each of the beautiful faces we’ve met and grown to love. We thank Him for each person.  We bring Him the government and police corruption.  We pray for orphans and widows. We acknowledge the plight of those who feel endangered or hopeless in Honduras and thus cross the border.  We ask for His blessing on the families of those who have crossed illegally and might never see their children again. We pray a special blessing over the missionary families living and serving in Honduras.

We know so many people doing awesome work in Honduras.  There are too many to mention, but if you’d like to purchase with a purpose for Christmas or support a ministry, these are a few of the non-profits in Honduras that we know personally.

Mi Esperanza

The Micah Project

Reach Out Honduras

Mountain Top Ministries

Breaking Chains

Proyecto Traducción Bíblica – LESHO

Sparrow Missions

Team 6 in Honduras

I have posted much about Honduras. Two of my most life-changing experiences occurred in La Moskitia and El Patronique:  The Least of These {The Boy Who Changed My Life} and Reina and Her Umbrella {An Unexpected Encounter with Jesus}

Also…

Contents of a Backpack

Hannah Goes to Honduras

Watching God Work {Veronica’s Story}

Reminded of His Faithfulness in Honduras

God Sees You and Me

And some of my favorite images over the years…

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boy in la moskitia

Comments

  1. Marla Taviano says:

    I love this, friend. Someday we want to go there with you. Can you even imagine???

  2. Heather Lewis says:

    God bless you. My heart is in Honduras as well. We are spending Christmas there and my two daughters and I are counting down the days. I love the children with a heart overflowing! Thank you for your writing. His eye is on the sparrow.

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