Continuing Our Mission in Central America
by: Raymond Walker
In 2012, HOI’s Board of Directors made the decision to expand our successful mission ministry model to other areas that were in need of assistance. Given HOI’s dramatic and transformative impact on the Agalta Valley in Honduras, we asked ourselves “Should we extend our reach to other communities in need inCentral America and around the world?” The Board’s answer was a resounding “Absolutely!” Since then we have raised $3.2 million of a $5 million financial campaign and have begun operating in two new regions.
HOI began serving its first set of new communities in Los Robles, Nicaragua in 2013. Situated near the city of Jinotega, Los Robles sits about 3 hours north of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Our base of operation is a magnificent 250 acre organic coffee farm, called Finca El Petén, which resides adjacent to beautiful Lake Apanas. Much like the Ranch in Honduras, “The Farm” provides a picturesque setting near a number of rural villages comprised of people who live in severely impoverished conditions.
One of our first great undertakings in Nicaragua, in partnership with Comunidad Connect and Emory University, was the construction of a $30,000 medical clinic for the community. The clinic would operate to meet the basic health and wellness needs of the communities it would serve and function as a central location for area involvement and development. HOI contributed $10,000 for the facility’s construction, and subsequently sent a large mission team to help commence construction. One year later, the medical clinic stands completed, and doubles as a community center where friends and family gather for fun and educational purposes. Since our initial trip, many other HOI teams have completed mission projects similar to those in Honduras; constructing concrete floors, latrines and chimneys to improve the health and living conditions of the local citizens.
I recently returned from my first trip to the Farm in Los Robles and it was a fantastic experience! Seven men from Atlanta and Tampa teamed with the HOI staff, enjoying hard work, regular devotionals and fellowship, as well as rich interaction with the local families and HOI support team. The accommodations and food were also excellent and of my thirty mission trips all over the world, this one easily ranks in my top 5 destinations.
HOI has just announced a new community we will begin serving in San Lorenzo, Honduras with mission trips beginning the first quarter of 2015. HOI’s expanding ministry is always seeking new investors, volunteers and mission teams. Please consider getting involved in any way that you can. To schedule a mission trip to any of our expanding destinations, please contact Emily Grossman or Laurie Willing.
Member, HOI Board of Directors