Central America consists of Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. HHBC started traveling to Central America in 1998 when Hurricane Mitch killed more than 9,000 people, left 2 million people homeless, and caused about $10 billion in damages. Even before then, it held some of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere. This natural catastrophe only exacerbated the economic travails of that area.
It was during a trip in 1998 that Mike met a young pastor by the name of Diomedes. It would prove to be an anointed relationship for both HHBC and Pastor Diomedes. This meeting culminated in some of HHBC first trips to Central America. Since then we have seen God move in a mighty way as He has raised up numerous churches, and we continue to see the gospel being propagated throughout the region.
How God is Using HHBC
Radio - Through the work of multiple churches, namely the local church, a radio station was established and its radio signal spans three countries: El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras. This includes isolated, mountainous areas where the gospel previously had not gone. God has used this ministry to connect and encourage believers, as well as bring new believers and seekers to local churches.
Medical Trips- Historically, weeklong medical trips have been made to see, and offer treatment to, hundreds of patients in the rural areas. These trips serve to meet immediate health needs, empower local leaders and pastors, and share the gospel actively. Due to multiple factors, medical trips are shifting to focus on education and preventative care, and less on treatment. These education sessions allow us to build quality relationships and have meaningful conversations. It takes all kinds of people to make medical trips possible. We need doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and pharmacists, as well as many non-medical people who love to serve in the capacities that God has allowed them.
Susuma-This small community has become one of our most beloved ministries. We have partnered with the children's ministry in the local church in order to serve the people of Susumá. We built a new kitchen for the school established by the local church. This school has been the focus of multiple family mission trips and Gap Year student trips.
God is doing amazing things in Central America among its people and also in the lives of many HHBC members and friends. Those who have gone on a trip here would say their lives have been changed—that is a why so many return multiple times.
We ask you to prayerfully consider how you could best serve the people of this beautiful country and share the gospel. Will you pray, send, or go?
Click here for more information or contact Emily in Globe Outreach if you feel called to be a part of a short-term mission team to Central America.