In 1987, the World Outreach Fund 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 Fund 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 in 1989 as a faith-based, nondenominational 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Honduras.