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Puerto Rico Disaster Response

Hurricane Maria came onto the island of Puerto Rico in September of 2017 and there are still people living in damaged homes without electricity or safe drinking water.

What started out as a couple of short trips to Puerto Rico during the holiday months by some HOI staff to deliver over 1000 water filters to communities, has turned into a response to God’s call to organize HOI mission teams for short term relief work.

Our mission will be to share the love of Christ by assisting families in reconstruction and repair of their homes. By working with them and the local church, the teams will provide hope for the future and opportunities for the community to become vibrant once again.

The focus will begin in Maunabo, PR, close to where Hurricane Maria made landfall. Businesses have closed due to the destruction and lack of power, people have lost their jobs and the money some are receiving from FEMA does not cover the actual reconstruction of their homes.

On March 4, HOI is taking a beta team in to the area to work out logistics with the local community and church and to repair a couple of houses with help from the families.

The mission trips will be different than those in Honduras and Nicaragua, our other locations. This is disaster relief and the conditions may not be suitable for everyone. At this time, there is no electricity in the facility to house the team, there is no hot water for showers, there is still debris and downed wires within the community, the water is unsafe to drink and beds may be mattresses on the floor, depending on the size of the team. Each team will be required to have a team member that is construction knowledgeable (or at least an all around handyman).

The need is great and we believe HOI has been called to respond. If you think you have a team that would be interested in serving in Puerto Rico, contact Laurie Willing, Executive Director, for additional information. Ljwilling@hoi.org

For information on trips to serve at our other locations, Honduras or Nicaragua, contact Morgan Leary, morgan.leary@hoi.org, or Emily Grossman, egrossman@hoi.org

2018 Tony Barnhart Golf Classic

Please join us at the 2nd Annual 

HOI Golf Classic

Hosted by Tony Barnhart and Vince Dooley, the 18-hole-round will be followed by a luncheon and awards ceremony.

When: Monday, May 7, 2018 Location: TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia

Click here to Register!

Sponsorship opportunities are available now! If you or your company are interested in becoming a tournament sponsor, please contact Sherri Boucher at ssb1964@comcast.net or 678-427-0732

Not a golfer? No worries! You can still help us carry out our mission by donating to our 19th Hole Drive! Your gift will inspire, encourage, and equip communities in Honduras and Nicaragua with the resources and spiritual tools necessary to improve their quality of life.

Registration is also available by check. Please include your name and phone number and make checks payable to: 

HOI, 1990 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 140, Tucker, GA 30084

Presenting Sponsor:

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!

Click here to give

“…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!

Live In the Spirit of Giving

The following is a blog published by Mercer on Mission on June 2, 2017:

I decided to join Mercer on Mission to work with an underserved population as well as with an interdisciplinary team in a clinical setting. As a nursing student, we spend a great amount of time working in the hospital assessing admitted patients, administering medications based on the patients status, lab values, and/or diseases per doctors orders (sometimes requesting changes to orders), educating patients about the medications and side effects of medications as well as monitoring the patient for those side effects while in care.

I wanted to use this opportunity to expand my knowledge and patient care skills with the challenge of language being the biggest obstacle. I worked in intake for 3 days-asking people a few question about their visit or taking blood pressures and pulses. I also worked in education and distributing glasses for 3 days-teaching about Diabetes, Hypertension, Prenatal care, and Dental care. Today was the best day of all. I got to sit in with a provider and an interpreter and assess the patients for ailments and diseases. Treatment plans are also determined. This is why I came on this mission and it was awesome.

I left my home, my family & friends to spend time with 30 people-most of them I only met 2 weeks ago to volunteer in Honduras. We have been surrounded by armed guards and closely supervised for our safety while on this mission trip. Bugs also surrounded us-big, small, crawling, flying, hybrids. They are everywhere. The air conditioner while at the hotel keeps them at bay and of course 100% Deet. I was able to keep my laundry clean by handwashing my clothes. Others also did their laundry in their rooms. I was fortunate-may be it was the probiotic and antibiotics but I have been free from gastrointestinal ailments. Most meals consisted of refried beans, rice or pico de gallo, plantains & queso blanco. Sometimes it included eggs, or chicken. The staff at the hotel are nice and work long hours. I was never able to get the  shower water warmer than 90 degrees but who can complain in a country where fresh clean water is an issue. This mission was a wonderful experience & we were blessed to have our hosts Leslie & Miriam & the rest of the team who met us daily at each location.

Now the other bonus from this trip was the people of Honduras. We met some very nice people with some beautiful children in this country. They are the ones that made every hot bumpy sweaty dusty humidity filled 90+ degrees bus ride worth the while. The country is beautiful. We had many hours of riding on the bus to enjoy the beautiful mountains of Honduras.

Galatians 5:25

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Yolanda S

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.

Click here to read one of their full blog entries >>> http://medgallery.mercer.edu/MedicalMissions/MOMHonduras-2017/i-vprwJ4F

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.

Use Social Capital to Invest in Change

Every day, amazing things are happening in Honduras and Nicaragua. Thanks to the combined efforts of HOI and our partners in the U.S. and Central America, we are able to walk alongside and partner with developing communities in the Agalta Valley and Choluteca regions of Honduras and Los Robles in Nicaragua for a better future. Our work touches the areas of education, health and wellness, job creation, clean water, spiritual development and more. Although we are making tremendous strides towards progress, we need your help to maintain and expand these programs to have an even greater impact.

An easy way to help is to utilize your social capital and online presence to invite friends to make an impact with you. This is easy to do through Facebook’s new fundraising platform. Take a moment to reflect on HOI’s mission and Identify a cause that we are working on that you connect with. Then follow these 5 simple steps to get started:

1. Log in to HOI’s Facebook page.


OR

 

First, you’ll want to find HOI’s Facebook page. You can either click the hyperlink to the left, type the direct address (www.facebook.com/hoiinc) in your web browser’s search bar, or type in “HOI” in your Facebook search bar and look for the HOI logo icon. If you haven’t already, be sure to “Like” our page.


2. Click the “Fundraisers” tab.

 

On the left hand side of the page you’ll find a list of tabs. Click third tab listed as “Fundraisers”.


3. Click “Raise Money”. 

 

Once the you’ve clicked the “Fundraisers” a new page should appear. A “Raise Money” button should be on the right side of the page. Click it.


4. Personalize and launch fundraiser.

 

After you’ve clicked “Raise Money” a new window should appear. This window is where you will customize your fundraising campaign. The window is preset with HOI’s banner, a title, a description of our mission, and a suggested goal amount. Each of these sections can be personalized in a way that speaks to you and explains your connection with the HOI mission.

If you have any photos of yourself engaging with our mission it may help add a personal touch to your outreach efforts. In the description, in addition to or in lieu of explaining HOI’s mission and methodology, you can share your personal story of encounter and transformation through our mission. We know HOI mission trips can be life changing and we’d love for you to share that narrative with others.

You can set your fundraising goal as high or as low as you’d like to. Any amount that you raise will have a significant impact on the communities we serve and our organization as a whole. We simply appreciate you raising awareness and taking ownership for our mission.


5. Invite friends. 

 

A quick and easy way to hit your target quickly is through your friends. Once you’ve set up your fundraising page you can choose friends to share your campaign with. More likely than not they’ll want to support you and learn more about HOI. Take that opportunity to share photos, stories, and the impact that you’ve had with communities in Central America through HOI. Then invite them on a trip with you!

If a friend expresses that they would love to support you but doesn’t feel comfortable using Facebook, you can direct them to our website or invite them to donate securely through our donations page (http://hoi.org/online-donations/).


Thanks!

Thank you for partnering with HOI to help strengthen communities in Honduras and Nicaragua. The work you are doing is invaluable. Without your support our mission could not reach the thousands of lives that it does. God bless!