One Child Matters has 27 projects in Honduras, serving almost 3,000 children. Honduras means "great depths" - legend has it that Christopher Columbus, the first explorer to land in Honduras, exclaimed "Gracias a Dios que hemos salido de esas Honduras" (literally "Thank God we have come out of those depths") while he sailed along Honduras' northern coast.
We need God to rescue us from the depths of death, just like the children in Honduras need us to draw them out of the depths of poverty. Honduras is one of the poorest nations in Latin America, and its beautiful children face so many challenges. Here are a few reasons why One Child Matters works in Honduras:
Children Need Stability
More than two-thirds of children in One Child Matters' programs come from single-mother homes, and the most children in each family have different fathers. The average age of a first-time mother is 15. Domestic violence and substance abuse are huge issues in Honduras.
Children Need Support
Schools in Honduras are understaffed and overpopulated – as many as 80 children may share a classroom. Less than a third of children go on to secondary school, and less than 10% go on to university.
Children Need Positive Role Models
Honduras is overrun by gangs, called maras after marabuntas, a type of ant that destroys everything in its path. One Child Matters’ staff estimates that there are four times as many gang members than police in Honduras. The combination of abysmal educational and job opportunities and fewer father figures encourages many young boys to become a part of gangs, some as young as 9 years old. One young man shared with a reporter “you may only last one or two years, but it makes you someone.” For many children, sponsorship provides an intervention - sponsorship proves to a child that they already are someone, that they are loved and worth of investment.
How you can pray for your sponsored child
Pray for your child’s parent(s) and family members – pray for stable work, for positive relationships, and for their health. Pray your child can attend school with an attentive teacher, and that project staff can continue to provide educational support and tutoring to help them succeed in school. You can also pray for the staff to have a positive impact on your sponsored child, to be a role model in faith and life. Your letters can provide crucial encouragement – please write regularly and ask how you can pray for them! What have you learned about Honduras from your sponsored child’s letters?
The Father’s House understands that sponsorship makes a tremendous difference in the life of a child, visit their page to partner with One Child Matters.
We believe when people engage in service, it leads to life change. Our short-term trips provide opportunities for people to serve together in various locations around the world. Our belief is that as people chose to serve, whether in one of our churches, in the local community, or around the world, the impact of that service will change lives—for those serving, for the people they serve, and even for those that see them choosing to give their time to help someone else.
For those of you who have not gotten involved, we hope this will be the year you choose to begin a lifestyle of service. And to those who are serving, we just want to say thank you. You are the reason the mission is being accomplished.