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Give Hope this holiday season

This year, you have helped us:

-Care for 14,000 at HOI clinics
-Bring clean, potable water to more than 5,000 people
-Touch 3,500 with our marriage ministry
-Preserve 2,000 smiles at HOI’s dental clinic
-Allow for 375 students to pursue a greater education

Because of you, every year thousands of children we serve have access to dental care, clean water, quality education, and spiritual education, and spiritual leadership. We cannot thank you enough for your impact!

Help us reach our goal to improve the quality of life of those we serve in Central America by donating to our end of year campaign today!

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“…and you shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people…” Matthew 1:21

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Celebrating Success

The school year is winding down this month in Honduras and HOI’s 45 graduating middle school students are poised to move on to their next challenge, high school!

Throughout the year, HOI provides educational opportunities beyond the normal national middle school experience. Our students have access to a computer lab and internet, allowing them to do research and to become proficient in all Microsoft Office applications. Our health care staff provides health screenings and dental checkups for all students.  By providing English classes, a door is opened to more opportunities for future employment. Music and art classes contribute to a well-rounded education and builds their self esteem and pride in their accomplishments. Through HOI’s spiritual development program, students are exposed to God’s message in Bible class and have opportunities to receive Christian counseling.  

93% of our middle school graduates continue on to high school each year.  This compares to 68% nationally!  Over 25 communities are represented at the middle school and parents now make sacrifices to make sure their children attend our school. They understand what it will mean for their child’s future to have a quality education, one that helps them reach their full potential and prepare them to be productive citizens.

HOI 9th graders

HOI also has an elementary school with over 130 students. The 20 graduating 6th graders are excited to be moving up to middle school in February. Currently in the community schools of the Agalta Valley, 43% of students finish elementary school. The HOI elementary school has a 98% graduation rate!

Our school offers a daily, nutritious mid-morning meal, which improves cognitive development and educational outcomes. Our lower school students also have opportunities to learn computer skills, English and have access to a campus library.

HOI 6th graders

Through our Pathway Education sponsorship program, U. S. sponsors have the opportunity to influence and encourage the students to remain dedicated to their studies. The funding from these sponsorships assist us in providing educational resources, all school supplies, internet access, school meals, quality teachers for each grade level and facilities for recreation.

Students who 10 years ago didn’t have dreams for their future beyond the 6th grade, now have aspirations of becoming nurses, doctors, engineers, agriculture specialists, business owners and computer technicians. We are excited to see what the future holds for these bright, young scholars!

North Point Ministries cites HOI as “ideal partner”

North Point Ministries has been a tremendous partner with HOI for a number of years. They have sent teams to work in communities in all three of HOI’s locations in Central America. Jim Erickson, Director of Training and Equipping for GlobalX of North Point Ministries, writes this about his church’s experience with HOI:

“HOI is an ideal partnership for our church. We love sending our people to the locations in Honduras and Nicaragua where HOI focuses their attention because HOI encourages a good blend of practical help and spiritual emphasis in the communities they are working. They are not simply giving handouts and going home. HOI works with the communities through relationships to offer practical solutions and long-lasting impact. Those receiving help demonstrate initiative and participate in the process.

This fits in well with our vision for short-term trips because we see them as opportunities for our people to pursue spiritual growth and healthy relationships through serving. And this vision works in the HOI communities. Our people return enthused by their new cross-cultural relationships, and by serving together, their faith grows. And we’ve discovered an added benefit. Many of those tasting the joy of serving on an HOI trip return and become more engaged in their home church.”

Jim Erickson
Director of Training and Equipping, GlobalX
North Point Ministries
Atlanta, GA

HOI at Rotary International Convention

HOI will have a booth at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta this week. The convention beginnings Saturday, June 10 and ends Wednesday, June 14. Over 40,000 delegates from around the world will convene to celebrate the organizations accomplishments, victories, and partnerships.

We are proud to be a long time partner of Rotary International and its various clubs across the country and in Honduras. We have been the recipient of an International Rotary grant which was used for the creation and development of our middle school’s computer lab. Also, a number of Rotary teams have traveled with us to Honduras and Nicaragua, including this year’s convention chair, Bob Hope, and his Wilderness Team. They, along with the HAVE Foundation, have been a tremendous asset to our organization and have affected many lives in the areas of health and education.

If you happen to be at the Convention, please stop by booth 827 and say hello! We’d love to see you!

Remembering Michael Aguilar

In 2014, Michael Aguilar and Daniela Solano stepped out in faith to begin a Young Life ministry in the Agalta Valley, Honduras. Over the last three years, God has used them to build a growing, vibrant, and fruitful ministry that has led hundreds of youth into a deeper relationship with Christ.

On Monday, Michael was fatally injured in an accident. We ask the entire HOI community to be in prayer for Michael’s wife, Daniela; his family in Nicaragua; the HOI staff in Honduras; and especially the young people of the Valley who were touched by Michael’s passionate commitment to Christ.

While Michael will truly be missed, we take comfort in knowing that he is resting in the loving arms of Jesus.

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!

Education Sponsors Needed

So many of you have responded to our call for education sponsors this year. We appreciate you! However, we still have some 7th graders that could use your support. Will you be the one that helps improve a student’s life today? Click here >>> https://hoi.childsponsorshipservices.org/home

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HOI Scores Hole-in-One at Tony Barnhart Golf Classic!

The inaugural Tony Barnhart Golf Classic presented by The Vinson Group was a tremendous success! Many thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, and sponsored the event. It was a beautiful day for golf and an even better day for our mission in Honduras and Nicaragua.

Over a dozen celebrity athletes and more than 100 golfers gathered at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA to raise money for HOI’s ministry in Central America. As the players enjoyed a warm, sunny day on the links, conversations about HOI’s ongoing work abounded. Notable sports figures like Coach Vince Dooley and former Chicago Bear, Patrick Mannelly shared stories of their time in Honduras. They spoke of how the experience changed their lives and how blessed they were to touch the lives of others. Tony Barnhart and his wife, Maria, shared how much they enjoyed working with HOI and the HAVE Foundation in making a difference through education.

Thanks to a generous show of support, we exceeded our fundraising goal! Thank you to our wonderful hosts, celebrities for participating, and all of the players who came out to support the people of Honduras and Nicaragua. We’d also like to extend special thanks to our incredible sponsors: Becky Vinson and the Vinson Group, Truitt Health, and Smoke Rise Baptist Church.

Click here to see more pictures from the tournament!