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Charu Vijayakumar - Honduras As a Global Ministries volunteer, this summer I had the opportunity to spend six weeks in Honduras with one of Global Ministries' partners, the Christian Commission for Development. This has been a great learning and enriching experience for me in many ways. Meeting and getting to know new people, witnessing the struggles and living conditions of people, especially of poor and rural disadvantaged communities, and participating in the work of the Church and mission partners have all greatly helped me gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in and the need to share God's love, particularly with the poor and the needy. I was based primarily in Tegucigalpa and was working mainly with the Theological Community of Honduras (CTEH- Comunidad Teologica de Honduras) which is a part of the Christian Commission for Development (CCD). In addition to the theological classes at CTEH, there are also several other programs at the community there such as technical programs ranging from computer training to beauty school, basic middle and high school level education classes, and a health clinic. For the most part, I worked in the library and the clinic. The library is currently in the process of organizing all its books into a catalog system that will eventually allow the community to access information online and also readily find books in the library. During my time there, I helped start this process and started organizing books by category and numbers. Additionally, I also helped set up CTEH's new bookstore. This is a place where the students who attend the programs there and also the larger community can purchase basic stationary and also theological books at reduced prices. While I was there, I stayed with our missionaries Bruce and Linda Hanson in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. The Hansons have been serving as Global Ministries missionaries in Honduras for four years now. Both Linda and Bruce work at the Theological Community of Honduras (CTEH), Linda teaching at the Seminary there and Bruce running the health Clinic. Also living with the Hansons are their two children, Seth and Kesia, ages 11 and 13. Upon my arrival, I realized that I needed to work on my Spanish fluency level and with the help of the Hansons and general conversations, it slowly but steadily improved. During my first five weeks in Honduras, I had the opportunity to visit numerous rural communities both in the north and west of Honduras. Those were my most rewarding experiences, particularly as we traveled to those communities and talked to the local people there about their problems and needs. One such visit was to a place in the state of Choluteca named Saladita. In order to get to this community, after several hours in a car, we had to travel the last part of the trip on foot due to the state of the roads. In fact, there were no roads per se; it was more a path with large cobble stones and rocks making it impossible to drive any vehicles through the area. The transportation in the area was mainly confined to horses and mules. Yet, the same could be said for many of the roads in most rural areas. After spending quite some time with the people of the community, we learned that the road was their main concern. Despite their poverty and lack of most resources, they said that they first needed to build a passable road as this would solve many of their problems, because with a road, they would be able to transport their goods, and hence sell them at the market and make an income. Additionally, their only other request was for a community center where they could meet. This was in response to the fact that this particular community was vastly spread out. Although we had met with many of the community members, we were still only on the fringes of the community itself which expanded back many miles into the mountains and hence were more difficult to reach. Another place that we visited on behalf of CTEH and CCD wasRead more
Charu Vijayakumar - Honduras As a Global Ministries volunteer, this summer I had the opportunity to spend six weeks in Honduras with one of Global Ministries' partners, the Christian Commission for Development. This has been a great learning and enriching experience for me in many ways. Meeting and getting to know new people, witnessing the struggles and living conditions of people, especially of poor and rural disadvantaged communities, and participating in the work of the Church and mission partners have all greatly helped me gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in and the need to share God's love, particularly with the poor and the needy.Read more
AIEH - Association of Evangelical Institutions of Honduras
Evangelical and Reformed Church of Honduras
Project Report 2006-2007
The Association of Evangelical Institutions of Honduras (AIEH) is the social program arm of the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Honduras, a long-standing partner of Global Ministries for many years. The following is the summary of a report received by AIEH about their outreach programs in years 2006 and the first semester of 2007.Read more
Bruce & Linda Hanson - Honduras
Last week we were reminded, like a slap in the face reminded that we are living in a third world county. James Vijayakumar, Vijay, the area minister of the Southern Asia office for Global Ministries, explained to me that third world is not really a pejorative term. It was coined not to indicate a country that is somehow less than a first world country, but to refer to those living on the margins, those without power in the world. Yes, Honduras is a third world country.Read more
Bruce and Linda Hanson - Honduras
The night before we arrived in the Miskita region of Honduras I dreamed of my dear high school friend Larinda. In junior high and high school Larinda spent many overnights at my house, was in the same high school plays as I was, played in the clarinet section with me in band (me on the bass clarinet and Larinda on the contra-bass so we sat side by side) and accompanied me on Project ECO trips to Macgregor, Iowa where we studied spiders and leaves and talked late into the night about boys and our futures and yes, even our faith.Read more
The Maine Conference hosted 12 young people and four advisors from their partnership with the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Honduras for three weeks during June and July 2007.Read more
Bruce and Linda Hanson - Honduras
Today I received the news that Ana Ruth's newborn baby had died. Ana Ruth is one of my students in theology, a courageous, outgoing leader of the Methodist church, and a local church pastor. She is especially passionate about gender issues in Honduras and the Honduran church.
Bruce & Linda Hanson - Honduras
I have just finished reading the article in the United Church News called "Building Dreams," an article about UCC churches that find creative ways to use property and land assets to expand, develop or sustain their ministries. Spirit of the Lakes UCC in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a church I have visited in the past, is planning a new low-income housing project for LGBT seniors. Spirit of Peace UCC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is building a "large facility in a new neighborhood." First Congregational UCC in Washington, D.C. is rebuilding and its new facility will include a church with "a condo tower on top."