Working Through the Local Church
The ministry of Compassion in Honduras is delivered through local churches. The partnership works well in this country where the church is on the front lines of sharing the message of hope through Jesus in communities battling poverty and crime. The church provides a sense of belonging, spiritual safety, fellowship, and encouragement to people who desperately need peace and direction in their lives.
Compassion’s church partners in Honduras are dedicated to changing individual lives and, in that way, changing their communities from the inside out. Because of this dedication to improving their communities by ministering to children, they have earned the respect of those who are not followers of Christ, even some gang leaders.
How Compassion Works in Honduras
Compassion's work in Honduras began in 1974. Currently, more than 46,300 children participate in 200 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Honduran children with a long-term program of physical, educational, socio-emotional and spiritual development. Through this partnership between Compassion and local churches, children in need have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and reach their full, God-given potential.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
Compassion Honduras’ Partnership Facilitators are important liaisons between the national office and the individual local churches operating Compassion child development centers. One Partnership Facilitator, Vilma Canales, serves 13 centers in the western region of the country. One of these centers is the very one in which she grew up as a sponsored child and gave her life to Christ.
Because she considers herself a “product of Compassion,” she is committed to the ministry and working for the children in her home region. She says that it is a real blessing to continue her involvement with Compassion and to see so many children coming to their church-based centers with hopes and dreams for a better future.