Making a Daily Difference

Greg and Teresa Leeth, missionary pastors, recently visited Honduras and shared about their experience in a guest post on Larry and Angie Overholts’ ministry blog. The Leeths help support missionaries on the field as part of WGM’s Member Health team. Read their uplifting story of how God has impacted the people and country of Honduras. 

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“The challenges faced by many in the world never cease to astonish me. Poverty, illness and a lack of opportunity are throughout the world. And Choluteca, Honduras, is no exception. The basic need for homes, clean water, education and daily food are a part of everyday life for those who live in this most southern Department (State) of Honduras.

“Recently while in the city providing pastoral support to missionaries through Member Health WGM, within which my wife and I serve, I had the opportunity to see these challenges first hand. And while the challenges are there, so are answers. Answers through community development efforts in these needed areas alongside the work of the Shalom church led by Pastor David, are making a ‘daily’ difference.”

You can make a daily difference where you are, too. Pray that God will open your eyes to the needs in your community, and then, when He answers, go and do His work boldly! May His name be given all the glory and honor for the many works His people do in service around the world and here at home. Read the whole post on the Overholts’ blog: Choluteca Ministries.

What is Happening in Honduras?

Larry and Angie Overholt are missionaries in Honduras focusing on the Community Development Housing ProjectCholuteca Vocational School, and Lizzy Scholarship. In their latest posts from their blog and Facebook, they highlight needs and transformation happening in Honduras. Will you take part in praying for and fulfilling a need in their community?

“Honduras is a lower-middle income country in Central America. Throughout the country, there is great inequality of wealth and income. Nearly 60% of the population lives in poverty. Approximately two-fifths of the population lives in conditions of extreme poverty. The problem is even greater in rural areas among agricultural laborers (USAID, 2011). Interest rates are high and very few people are able to invest in good housing. Many people live in substandard housing.

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A new house being built in front of the old one. Photo credit and caption: Larry and Angie Overholt

“The climate conditions in Honduras compound the poor living conditions. Older adobe homes have been damaged by recent seasonal heavy rains, flooding, and occasional earthquake tremors. Roofs are built out of whatever material is available and are leaky and hot. Many homes do not have concrete floors, allowing water to run into the sunken interior rooms.

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Skyping with OSU engineering students Photo credit and caption: Larry and Angie Overholt

“Poor housing contributes to chronic health problems. While adobe brick construction is a relatively cheap method of construction, the earthen bricks allow potentially disease-carrying insects to live in the crevices. Cooking stoves are commonly built inside of homes with no chimney for the smoke to escape. Asthma cases are common. The dampness inside the homes encourages the growth of mold and causes respiratory problems.

“As missionaries working with World Gospel Mission, we moved to southern Honduras immediately after Hurricane Mitch. Hundreds of families had lost their homes during the hurricane. Southern Honduras was especially hard-hit. The new church that was being established immediately began to respond to the need for helping provide housing in the community. They took on the goal of building a house each year for a needy family.”

To read the rest of this story, visit Larry and Angie’s ministry blog.

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SPECIAL NEEDS

Larry mentioned this special request for support on Facebook: “For our entire career, we have heard it said that you can support missions by ‘going,’ ‘sending,’ ‘praying.’ We are asking that God would give someone the vision for helping in a bit of a different way. We need someone who would help us develop promotional materials for the Choluteca ministries. This includes web design, writing for the internet, video editing, grant writing, etc.

“You can help make a difference. Possible action steps:

  • Consider joining one of our construction teams.
  • Make a contribution to our rotating fund or to help finish building the Amigos Church parsonage. (account: 25498, Lizzy housing)
  • Pray that our local church will continue to learn how to best help needy families.”

Visit Larry and Angie’s blog to learn more.

 

Empty Tortillas

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Larry and Angie Overholt

In WGM Compassion‘s blog post, it states the dire need of the people in a community of Honduras for food, water, shelter, and God’s love. Read on for a story of how God used His people to give to those in need and what you can do to help the cause.

Larry Overholt and his wife, Angie, have been involved in various aspects of community development in Honduras since 1982. In this post, Larry highlights the challenges found navigating between relief and development, and the Overholts process some of these hard and challenging issues. What have been your challenges as you walk this fine line between relief, rehabilitation, and development?

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Photo Credit: Larry and Angie Overholt

“Our church has been helping build a new house for Francisco and Yolanda in one of the communities where the Shalom Church has been developing a church plant. A Hispanic church in the States had donated funds to help with construction materials. Church members from our Shalom Church in the city of Choluteca, Honduras were supervising the construction and local workers from the community were volunteering to help with the labor needed to build the house. With everyone working together, it would take about two and a half weeks to build a small secure cement block house.

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Francisco and Yolanda standing next to their house under construction. (Photo Credit: Larry and Angie Overholt)

“Francisco and Yolanda were selected by community leaders as the most economically needy people in the area. Their old adobe house had deteriorated over the years and the rainy season was about to arrive. With a leaky roof and broken down walls in the house, the couple did not look forward to enduring another rainy season.

“Francisco is older and has chronic health problems. He is no longer able to work in the fields or go fishing along the coast like most of his neighbors do for a living. He and Yolanda have a few garden plants planted around their yard but it was not enough to sustain them.

“One of the guys working on the house construction said, ‘Yolanda and Francisco have been eating empty tortillas.’”

To read the rest of this great story and learn how Francisco and Yolanda were supported, check out the WGM Compassion blog at wgmcompassion.wordpress.com.

To donate to the cause of building more homes, visit www.wgm.org/community-development.