Category Archives: Health

Mercer on Mission

Mercer On Mission just spent two weeks in Honduras caring for patients in the local villages. The medical students had an opportunity to share their gifts of knowledge and medical expertise. We and the people of Olancho and San Lorenzo, Honduras appreciate your service.

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One Month Later…

Exactly one month ago, mission-minded runners gathered at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville for the second annual HOI 5K: Miles for Medical Missions. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time! More importantly, however, is that together we made a difference for health in Honduras and Nicaragua.

Thanks to the HOI community’s support and participation, we raised enough money to purchase 150 water filters! That means that nearly 1,000 men, women, and children will have access to a sustainable source of clean drinking water. This summer, an additional 550 families will receive water purification systems in our service areas in southern Honduras and the Agalta Valley.

Although our teams in Honduras and Nicaragua are on the ground carrying out the day-to-day aspects of our mission, none of it would be possible without people like you. Without your partnership and support we could not reach the thousands of lives we touch every year through our health and medical programs. Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s race!

Meet Our Interns: Jasmine Moore

We have a talented group of interns heading to Honduras in a few weeks. They’ll be working on various projects throughout the summer that will help further our mission in the Valley.

Jasmine Moore is one of those interns. She’s a graduate of Columbus State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Southern California Kent School of Medicine.

She’ll be following up with our water filtration installations to monitor the improvements we’re making in the education and design process. Her work will help improve our usage and contamination rates even more than they are now.

Let’s Keep Running for Life

Thank you to everyone that attended the HOI 5K: Miles for Medical Missions last weekend. It was a great success.
A special thank you to SR Homes, LLC and BrandBank for sponsoring the race and being a partner in our mission to bring improved health care and clean water to rural Honduras and Nicaragua!

Investments in Opportunity Lead to Transformation

Sometimes transformative change can only be sensed, but other times one is blessed to witness and experience the dramatic difference a change makes in a person’s life firsthand. Thanks to partnerships with U.S. churches, individuals and civic groups as well as our corporate partners and communities in Central America, we are sensing and seeing transformation!

Here are three examples of how HOI staff in Honduras and Nicaragua worked in 2016 to engage families and communities in making significant steps toward an improved quality of life:

• Over 7,000 people now have access to clean drinking water because of the installation of water filters in homes and schools. Clean water provides better health for adults and children, resulting in less school and work-place absenteeism. This translates to more learning days and increased household income. HOI continues to partner with U.S. churches in 2017 to offer the life changing gift of water filters in another 13 villages.

• HOI’s Spiritual Development Ministry offered marriage seminar training to local pastors and communities. The goal was to strengthen the family unit by creating core values for improving relationships with a focus on keeping Christ at the center of marriage. The response from other communities has been encouraging and exciting, as they are requesting this program in their villages.

• Our Agriculture staff works with local farmers and ranchers, demonstrating techniques which will lead to increased harvests and production. Most notable improvements have come from silage production to feed the cattle in the dry months when pastures fade. Training local ranchers about silage storage means better health for their herds and increased income from sales.

As family relationships strengthen and confidence grows with education and improved income, we sense where the real change is happening: in the hearts and minds of the people. What once seemed to be unattainable dreams is now becoming life changing opportunities; children and adults share the common desire to learn. God continues to guide and bless HOI’s endeavors. The transformation is not only taking place in the people of Central America but also in all of us who are a part of His great plan.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Laurie Willing
Executive Director

Clean Water’s Impact

This World Water Day we want to thank all of our partners and supporters who have helped bring potable water to rural Honduras and Nicaragua. Your contribution and efforts have been invaluable.

To date, we have facilitated access to clean water for more than 7,000 families in Central America. With your continued support we can continue to partner with thousands more for better health and wellness.

Clean water provides better health for children, resulting in less school absenteeism. This translates to more learning days for our students.


Clean water is an invaluable resource that helps create stronger, healthier families.


Wilderness Team On the Way to Honduras

Somebody looks like they’re ready to head back to Honduras! Paul Ray and the Wilderness Team are making final preparations for their trip to the Ranch next month. This year, they will be constructing 120 water filter stands for the community of El Aguacate.

Looking forward to hearing about their experience!

Long-Term Partnership Makes a Lasting Difference!

Dilson Manuel Rivera is not the same little boy we met in the village of San Agustin Arriba five years ago. When we first encountered Dilson he was malnourished and in need of immediate assistance.


HOI’s medical team found Dilson in poor condition during an exploratory visit in 2011. With the support and commitment of his parents, Geovany and Brenda, Dilson began a nutrition regimen that would help him recover from his emaciated state. His parents accepted HOI’s invitation and joined our family garden program to learn how to grow vegetables and prepare balanced meals.

Through the five-year partnership between HOI and Dilson’s family, Dilson has grown healthy and strong. He is now nine years old and headed to the 4th grade. His parents continue to utilize the skills they acquired and are still growing healthy, nutritious food for the entire family.


Your partnership with HOI helps make life-changing opportunities, like Dilson’s, a reality for others. Your support is extremely important because it ensures that HOI’s programs continue to impact and change lives in Honduras and Nicaragua every day.

Please consider giving $50 or more to help us reach our goal of raising $40,000 by the end of year. You are a vital part of this ministry and we hope you will continue to join us in transforming lives.