Gospel Light in Honduras

| March 20, 2015

Pastor Javier Tabor has labored for Christ in El Plan, Honduras, with little more than a Bible and a hymnbook to form his theology.

Pastors Germain Diaz and his father-in-law, Israel Portillo, serve in the remote village of Las Mercedes. They minister to the village’s 800 residents without benefit of formal training and with almost no printed materials for teaching.

That’s how it is for evangelical preachers in this Central American country of about 8 million people, where most households survive on less than $200 per month. Bibles are plentiful, but books presenting sound theology are rare. Gene Ziebach, secretary of Hope Here International Ministries (HHIM) based in Dothan, Alabama, has seen the theological famine firsthand, making 13 mission trips to Honduras since 2005.

Murder Capital of the World

Bringing the gospel to Honduras has never been easy. Poverty, revolution, crime, and political corruption pockmark its recent history. In fact, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently declared Honduras the homicide capital of the entire planet. Drug-running is the culprit in most of the murders, and the crimes are almost never solved.

Most people in Honduras identify themselves as Roman Catholic. But a 2008 Gallup poll turned up surprising numbers: 47…

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