Gloria Fernandez, our Honduran National Director, provides an update about what has been happening in Honduras and Guatemala.
"2014 was a year of incredible challenges, yet also a year in which we were blessed beyond our wildest dreams!
"We have continued to teach trainee pastors at two GLOMOS locations in San Pedro Sula – one in the city centre, the other at the notorious San Pedro Sula prison, an extremely violent prison just outside the city. But this year we have also been blessed with a new location – the El Faro Mission Centre in Guatemala.
"We are particularly excited about what is happening in El Faro. Here we train and equip church leaders from many different villages and ethnic groups in the jungles around the centre. Many run small churches of about 40-50 people, but lack any theology training or access to discipleship. Some travel by canoe for many miles along Jungle Rivers in order to receive the training each month."
One highlight at the end of last year was when Gloria combined the Guatemalan and Honduran classes for the final module, which was held in Livingstone (Guatemala). A donor in the UK paid for the Honduran students to travel by boat up to Livingstone, the voodoo and witchcraft centre for Central America. Members from the Guatemalan pastors’ churches were waiting to for the Hondurans when they arrived, and acted as guides for them over their four-day stay. They planned to do outreach in Livingstone and knowing the spiritual landscape they were to face, spent days praying and fasting ahead of the trip.
When they arrived in Livingstone, they spent the first day doing evangelism door to door and on the streets and markets. After 3 hours, over 80 people had come to Christ! What a celebration!
Gloria was particularly excited about this as it was a wonderful picture of the body of Christ working together in unity. Now we have 80 new believers who will be followed up by the Guatemalan pastors newly equipped with skills in discipleship and evangelism.