Since 2014, The Presbytery of Arkansas has been in covenant with the Presbytery of Honduras. This exciting church is growing rapidly and currently consists of 27 congregations, with new congregations being formed every year.
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- In the Copan and Tegucigalpa regions, we have taken members and friends on several week-long trips to work alongside Hondurans on a variety of projects. Community development in Honduras is a partnership between US Presbyteries and Churches along with Honduran leaders to help with a variety of projects.
- We have sponsored Theological Training, Seed Planting, Food Bags, Student Scholarships, Solar and Water systems, Church, and Home Building Projects.
- We have members involved in a monthly “Honduran Network Call” to stay up to date on the current events with our friends.
Our Mission Co-Worker in Honduras
The Rev. Dori Hjalmarson accompanies, coordinates and coaches lay and pastoral leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Honduras as they broaden theological education and strengthen the church’s leadership capacity. One component of this is a dynamic program in collaboration with the Latin American Biblical University (UBL) of Costa Rica offering an intensive two-year theological education program for pastoral and lay leadership.
She serves as the primary Presbyterian World Mission liaison to the Honduras Mission Network, facilitating connections between World Mission, the network, the Presbyterian Church of Honduras, and other interested parties. One focus of Dori’s collaboration with the Presbyterian Church of Honduras is facilitating partnerships between Honduran and U.S. Presbyterians.
The History of the Presbytery of Honduras
The Presbyterian Church of Honduras was founded in the 1950’s by lay Presbyterian immigrants from Guatemala. The original churches were in the Southeastern cities of Guaimaca and Tegucigalpa. Since then, by the work of the Holy Spirit, the church has expanded rapidly, with 27 current congregations, mostly in the southeastern part of the country.
First United Presbyterian Church has been active in supporting the work of the presbytery of Honduras in theological education, leadership training, financial support of pastors and their families, and scholarships enabling Honduran youth to finish high school. Efforts are being made to establish new congregations in the western department of Copan, where the US-Honduran community development work has flourished.
Arkansas Presbytery Mission Trip, March 16-23, 2024
😄 Well-behaved children/youth age 10+ with a parent or adult, college students, and adults are invited. (Yes, adults must be well-behaved too) High physical ability and Spanish-speaking skills are NOT required. Attending Orientation meetings are required to prepare participants, and not everyone who applies will be selected. The estimated cost is $1,200-$1,500, and many churches offer scholarships.
- An informational meeting will be on Zoom at 7 p.m. on Nov 9, 2023.
- Applications are due on Dec. 1, 2023.
- Applications are available online or within this Honduras Mission Trip Application packet which is also packed with additional info.
This will be Leigh Woodruff’s 6th Honduras Mission Trip to direct since 2015. Contact Leigh at (479) 601-1437 or by e-mail email@example.com if you have any questions.