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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

Happy Father’s Day!

Provider, teacher, example, leader. These are some of the words that come to mind when we think about what it means to be a Christian father. HOI is committed to strengthening fathers and their role in the family and community. We come alongside fathers so that they can be a good reflection of our Heavenly Father in the home.

Through HOI’s spiritual training efforts, fathers are shaped to be spiritual leaders.  HOI’s economic development programs supply education and resources so fathers can work and provide for their families. And, HOI’s education and medical efforts create a hope-filled context for fathers to encourage their children.

It is not easy being a father in today’s world. This is especially true for fathers in Honduras and Nicaragua. However, because of your prayers and support, HOI is able to provide a hopeful future for fathers who are committed to their God, their church, their community and most of all their home. 

David Davis
Director of Development

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 >>>



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!

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.