Hope in a Hard Place

Have you heard of San Pedro Sula, Honduras? Apart from being the location of one of Global Action’s field offices, in recent years this city has gained the unfortunate reputation as the “Murder Capital of the World.” It’s a hard place. And it’s in this hard place that heroes Alfonso and Mara Varela have chosen to be a light.

Alfonso and Mara’s story with Global Action started in 2012, when they joined Global Action’s San Pedro Sula class. This was a major commitment – they had to travel two days by bus each way from their home in Costa Rica just to attend class every month (over 1,300 miles round-trip)! After they graduated, they obeyed God’s call to leave their home and serve permanently in San Pedro Sula. Their daughter Priscila later joined them in Honduras and graduated from our program as well. Together, the family helped launch a new ministry called New Hope Opportunities, which they intentionally planted in one of the most dangerous sectors in all of Honduras.

The Varela family might not be famous. But they are heroes: heroes to the many underprivileged children who receive a loving education through their efforts, heroes to the girls coming out of prostitution and abuse who are given refuge and hope, heroes to the sick who receive medical care, heroes to the youth who are freed from addictions through their rehabilitation program. This is the power of a well-equipped leader! We want to invite you to help us train more heroes like the Varelas, who are boldly transforming the dark places of the world. Right now you can double your gift and double your impact through a generous matching challenge. Be part of the story today!

Today we are also remembering the church family in Sri Lanka as they grieve the nearly 300 Christians who died during Easter services on Sunday. At Global Action, we are constantly reminded that our brothers and sisters are serving the Lord in some very hard places. They are our heroes.

For the Kingdom,

Dr. Rick Thompson
President, Global Action

P.S. Check out the photos below to see the Varela family in action!

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