Letter from the CEO

August 30, 2013

“Preach the Gospel always, when necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi

A couple of months ago we at HOI were approached by a group of large corporations from southern Honduras. They had heard about our work and results in Olancho and wanted to learn more about our approach. These companies are also passionately engaged in development activities in the villages where their thousands of workers live, helping them with infrastructure, education, and healthcare. A team from HOI met with the leaders of these initiatives over dinner at the Maya Hotel to talk about our respective programs, and we mutually decided to visit each other’s areas of influence to learn from each other. Those visits were made during the summer.

Executive Director Laurie Willing, Board of Directors Member Sue Church and Ranch Director Jose Mondragon with community development representatives in southern Honduras

Executive Director Laurie Willing, Board of Directors Member Sue Church and Ranch Director Jose Mondragon with community development representatives in southern Honduras

Although we learned we’re doing similar types of work focused on improving the quality of life for rural Hondurans, the differentiator between our relative approaches, as identified by the corporations, is our basis in faith. They liked that, and they wanted that for their efforts. We found their identification and acknowledgement of this key foundation of our ministry very exciting, and have agreed to further investigate the possibilities of working together.

The headline of this article sums up our approach as to how we go about God’s work. Our mission teams and our staff do share our faith with the friends we encounter, and teach the tenants of our belief and hope in Christ. I believe our bigger impact, however, is trying to demonstrate and live our beliefs, “faith with deeds” in partnership with the people we serve in Honduras and Nicaragua. I believe St. Francis wisely had it right.

God bless,

Jerry Eickhoff, CEO
jerryeickhoff@hoi.org