This is the joy and “esperanza” of Christmas, a blessed miracle of the highest order.
In the case of HOI, the appearance of the heavenly hosts wasn’t so “sudden” but they appeared nonetheless, over a period of many years, and for that we are thankful. I saw a quote stating that special education teachers are angels disguised as extraordinary human beings. I believe this to be true, and the same can be said for all those who are dedicated servants of so many ministries like HOI.
2015 has been a year of remarkable advances in the lives of thousands of people in Honduras and Nicaragua, thanks be to God. The staff and partners of HOI are feeling great humility and appreciation for all of you who were a part of making these life-changing efforts a reality.
In Light of these blessings we’ve all received, I want to reflect on the year by highlighting a few, just a few, of the many supporters who have been the angels disguised as extraordinary humans. Knowing it is dangerous to mention only a few because there are so many, gratitude to ALL compels me to take the risk of omission. I decided to identify a few sources of God’s love for our ministry and those we partner with in the villages of Honduras and Nicaragua. Our heartfelt thanks to:
• The graciousness of the people of Nicaragua and Honduras for accepting us into their homes and hearts as we struggle to discern and follow God’s will.
• The dozens of church partners and the over 1000 mission team members who are on point, on the ground, touching thousands of lives.
• All of our HOI staff members who are dedicated to spreading the light and hope of the Good News, and to helping create a path to improved health, education, and prosperity for all they encounter.
• Our quality partners: in Nicaragua, Comunidad Connect; and in Honduras, Agrolibano Foundation, LUFUSSA, and our new partner Chorotega Foundation.
• Our partnership with Young Life in Honduras, and our fantastic ministry team of Dani and Michael. What a blessing are they!
• The donors, supporters, sponsors, and participants of our events and special fundraising efforts.
• Our mentor and benevolent partner GlobalX.
• The HAVE Foundation and the Wilderness Team, our generous Education partners.
• The Peugot Center for Engineering Service at the Lipscomb University, for providing the wonderful 104 foot long pedestrian bridge that unites our two school campuses over a busy highway.
• Our specialty teams of health care and dental professionals and veterinarians who administer healing services to people and animals alike to improve the overall health of the communities.
• The musicians, dance instructors, and artists who expand the horizons of the youth and adults they encounter.
• Our hundreds of financial supporters through The Way Forward Campaign, Pathway Scholarship partners, and the new Clean Water initiative of Family Health Partners.
• The team of investors who provided our new tractor and farm implements to allow for expanded agriculture production improving our sustainability.
• The leadership of our HOI Chairman Scott Luttrell (I’ll hear about this, but I rarely get to publically thank our Board) and the entire team of former and current Board Members of HOI for their unbounded generosity and investment of time and talent.
We reflect on the year with hearts full of gratitude for everyone who has prayed, supported, traveled and invested with us. Thank you and God bless you all.