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In 1987, the World Outreach Foundation was approached with a unique request: a church group who had taken summer mission trips to Central America wanted to purchase a working ranch in rural Honduras. They hoped to use Rancho el Paraíso (Paradise Ranch) to establish a mission outpost for visiting North Americans to connect with Hondurans, pursue better healthcare, and assist in faith initiatives.
The foundation decided to fund the project, and a year later a small group of American executives affiliated with the World Outreach Foundation embarked on a journey to visit the “little Christian mission” in the rural Agalta Valley. Despite the many difficulties of their trip, the visitors knew the Holy Spirit was moving them to address the overwhelming poverty they had witnessed. As the vision grew, Honduras Outreach, Inc. was established as a faith-based, nondenominational 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Honduras.
Twenty-five years later, HOI has grown to include programs in the areas of healthcare, agriculture, nutrition, education, faith building, commerce, and construction, and has served over 200 villages. The Honduran government identifies HOI as one of the top five most effective nonprofit organizations in the country, and as our relationships have grown stronger and accomplishments have multiplied, HOI’s ability to help those in need has increased.
In 2013 HOI expanded our reach into northern Nicaragua, allowing the impact of our ministries to multiply. Today, Central and North Americans continue to partner together to dramatically improve the quality of life in both Honduras and Nicaragua. Over fifty North American mission trip teams travel annually to the region in support of a mutually rewarding relationship of life-changing proportions.