Honduras is located in the very center of Central America. Mestizo descendants make up 90 percent of the population. About two-thirds of the people are impoverished farm workers.
Roman Catholicism is the prevailing religion, and the Virgin of Suyapa is the matron saint. However the constitution guarantees freedom of all creeds.
Baptist Mid-Missions’ work in Honduras had its origins in the family of Edward Howell, an islander and a Methodist circuit preacher, on the island of Utila. Some of his children received their education in the USA. When they returned to Utila, their father joined with them to organize a Baptist testimony. Robert Howell and his wife, Dorothy, joined Baptist Mid-Missions in 1954. Robert's brother's family joined the following year, with the work in Utila being organized in 1955.
In 1957, work began in Puerto Cortes, a coastal town on the mainland. The works established by these missionaries have flourished, and approximately 30 small churches were started in 25 years.
There are three BMM families serving in Honduras, all in San Pedro Sula, the second-largest city, with a population of about one million. Baptist Mid-Missions-related churches under national pastors exist in San Pedro Sula, Utila, La Ceiba, Tela, Puerto Cortes, Omoa, Copan, La Lima, Baracoa, and Villanueva.
Pray that the Lord will send another five church-planting couples to
work in this great harvest field. Central and eastern Honduras are the
areas with the greatest need for new churches, but there is an urgent
need for a missionary to work on the Islands.
A missionary is needed to help with office work and translations. Workers are also needed to open up a camp ministry and a printing/translation ministry as well as to train Honduran musicians.
Missionaries with education degrees are needed to help educate missionary kids. Often missionaries find that they must homeschool their children, and yet neither parent has education degrees. This results in less time that can be dedicated to church planting.