In late January, I traveled to Honduras with Lifeline Christian Mission to see Lifeline’s Bible Institute in Honduras where they train pastors and church leaders. During this trip, I was also able to see most of Lifeline’s other ministries in Honduras.
My trip began in Tegucigalpa, the capitol of Honduras. I traveled there with two staff from Lifeline and leaders from Marlboro Christian Church in Ohio. Lifeline partners with a church there and is building a bilingual school—this is their newest location in Honduras. They inherited it after a couple missionaries left a handful of years ago. They are making several positive changes as they move the ministry forward.
After Tegucigalpa, we traveled to San Pedro Sula, where Lifeline does the bulk of their work in Honduras. The delegation from Marlboro departed, but we were joined by staff from RiverTree Christian Church in Ohio.
We drove up a muddy mountain on our first day in San Pedro Sula. The family of Antonio, Lifeline’s director of church planting in Honduras, runs the coffee farm there and donates some of the proceeds to starting new churches. We also visited a church on the mountain. We were told that this church of only fifty people had sent out fifteen pastors in the last ten years or so.
The next two days the Lifeline staff, pastors from RiverTree, and I spoke at a seminar for the pastors and church leaders from Lifeline’s churches in Honduras.
After that, the Lifeline staff and I spoke at a seminar for all of the teachers from Lifeline’s three schools in Honduras.
We were also able to visit the Bible Institute, which is on the same campus as Lifeline’s largest school in Honduras. The Institute is expanding and has secured funding for the first half of its new building project. (They are currently meeting in a home owned by Antonio, the director of church planting.)
The best part of this trip was being able to see one of Lifeline’s international ministries. I have worked quite a bit with Lifeline on mission trips and the meal packing event, but this was the first time I’ve had the chance to see one of their ministries in another country. I was very impressed! The ministry is well-managed by Honduran leaders and well-supported by Lifeline staff in the U.S. Altogether, Lifeline has thirteen churches, one hundred and thirty-eight house churches, three schools, a girl’s home, and a Bible Institute in Honduras.
There are possibilities for furthering our partnership in Honduras. I think that Lifeline’s ministry there will be a great place for future mission trips.
I tried something new on this trip: filming a Facebook Live video with Andy Sims, Lifeline’s Vice President of Leadership Development and the leader of my trip. We spoke briefly about Lifeline’s ministry in Honduras. The video had twenty comments, seven shares, and eight hundred and twenty-eight views after being online for one week! This was a great way to get the word out about our partners.
Andy Sims and Lifeline’s national staff in Honduras expressed their thankfulness for our support over and over again. They believe that Honduras is Lifeline’s healthiest field and that is due, in part, to the Bible Institute.