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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Honduras Details

In preparation for my mission trip in a couple of weeks, I found some details about Honduras just to help me get an idea of where I will be ministering.

First, Honduras is just a little bigger than the size of Virginia, in both square miles and population.

Honduras          43, 278 square miles
Virginia            42,774 square miles

Honduras          2010 estimate          8,249,574
Virginia            2010 estimate          8,001,024
Second, Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America. It suffers from extraordinarily unequal distribution of income, as well as high underemployment.
Honduras' GDP per capita: $4,300 (2011 est.)
United States' GDP per capita: $48,100 (2011 est.)
Third, some of the main products produced in Honduras are bananas, coffee, citrus, corn, African palm, beef, timber, shrimp, tilapia, and lobster (according to the CIA's factbook).
For more information, specifically, information about the spiritual climate of Honduras, look at the Operation World entry for Honduras. There is a lot of additional information located at that link.
These bits of information help me know how to pray for the pastors I will be teaching and learning more about Honduras has been helpful in getting me prepared to go on my trip there. I hope you find this information helpful, as well.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Honduras Update

I have received a few updates regarding my trip to Honduras. First, the schedule for the entire trip has changed. If you have read my previous post on the details of my Honduras trip you would know that I was original scheduled to teach at 3 cities over 10 days. The institute scheduled for San Pedro Sula was canceled due to some sort of scheduling conflict in Honduras (still not sure what happened there). So, I will be traveling for 8 days and teaching at two institutes.

Second, I will be teaching hermeneutics, or, how to study the bible. That is one of my favorite subjects to teach and I am really looking forward to teaching it. I was able to work on my lessons today and got through a couple of sessions. I will need a few more days to get all the material ready and I will need to do that soon as my departure date is getting closer.

Third, I found out that there will be 35 pastors at the Olanchito institute and 25 pastors at the Tocoa institute. I was also told that the numbers could fluctuate 25% in either direction. I am excited to invest in at least 60 Honduran pastors. One pastor ministers to many people so even invested in one pastor multiplies quickly and if you multiply that by 60 this trip becomes a pretty intense endeavor.

Fourth, it looks like my schedule will look something like this:

Saturday I will travel to Honduras.
Sunday - I will be preaching in  La Ceiba (you can find it on the map from the previous post.)

Monday - I will teach morning and afternoon classes
Tuesday - My teaching partner will teach morning and afternoon
Wednesday - I will teach morning and my partner will teach afternoon

Wednesday evening we will travel to Tocoa.

Thursday - My partner will teach morning class and I will teach the afternoon class
Friday - My partner will teach both morning and afternoon class
Saturday - I will teach both morning and afternoon classes

Sunday I will travel back to America.

Finally, I have begun taking my Typhoid meds which should immunize me for 5 years against Typhoid (Yikes! Let's hope thats not a problem). I will begin my Malaria medication right before I leave.

So, things are progressing. I need to get my material all prepared and I need to think about packing. I am trying not to be nervous. Please pray for me that God will prepare my heart for whatever ministry He has prepared for me.