I am writing this article while riding down the mountainside from Santa Lucia to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. A group from our church is presently on a mission trip serving through the Maranatha Baptist Church of Santa Lucia.
To say life is different here than the US is an understatement. I quickly discovered that Alto on a sign means to slow down slightly then hit the accelerator while steering clear of the motorcyclist passing you in the gutter! I also peered down several manholes as we straddled the deep circular crevices at high speeds whose metal covers had been stolen. Pity the one who’s attention is diverted and loses his front tire and suspension or the careless worker who pops his head up for a quick look around! On the other hand it was nice to see a McDonalds and Denny’s in the capital city and visit the “biggest” mall in Central America of which they are furiously proud!
The main thing we have in common with the people of Honduras is a desire at a little prosperity and spiritual peace and security. The sad thing is that most people in Honduras will experience little wealth as well as finding little spiritual peace. One can become materially prosperous but that prosperity will never satisfy until he is at peace with God. However, one can have peace with God and be perfectly content and happy with little or no material prosperity.
We met many wonderful people with a deep faith in God and love for His word living in poverty. They had all found forgiveness of their sins in Jesus Christ who died on the cross to forgive their sin and restore a right relationship between them and God. They found the Saviour of grace and mercy as a welcome departure from the popular religion of works, traditions, and sacraments. That welcome gospel of the peace of Christ that was brought to them, in great part, via the many years of effort by bible believing churches bringing the good news of Jesus to the capital and the surrounding countryside.
The self sacrificing dedication of Christian missionaries deserves much appreciation yet all glory goes to God for every Honduran who believes in Jesus and finds forgiveness and realizes true peace of heart and the eternal prosperity of the soul. Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!