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Central America & Caribbean

Honduras

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Honduras is a republic in Central America. It was home to several important indigenous cultures, most notably the Maya. Much of the country was conquered by Spain which introduced its now predominant language and many of its customs in the sixteenth century. The population of Honduras exceeds eight million.

My first visit to Honduras was in 1985. I am so glad that it was not my last.

In 2012 Burt Kelly and I met up with Dean and Melissa Lowman for a conference in La Esperanza. It was extremely profitable. I was very impressed with the leadership and the follower ship of this fellowship of ministers and churches. I believe the best days for Honduras is ahead, as the Church pursues His Kingdom purposes.

Mexico

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With an estimated population of over 113 million, it is the world’s eleventh most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country. After gaining independence from Spain there was a period was characterized by economic instability, the Mexican-American War and territorial cession to the United States, a civil war, two empires and a domestic dictatorship.

The latter led to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, which culminated with the 1917 Constitution and the emergence of the country’s current political system. Since 2006 the country has been in the midst of a drug war which has caused 60,000 deaths. Mexico has one of the world’s largest economies, and is considered both a regional power and middle power.

As of 2007 Mexico was the tenth most visited country in the world with 21.4 million international arrivals per year. Roman Catholicism is the main religion, with 82.7% of the population, while 9.7% (10,924,103) belong to Evangelical Chirstianity.

Chiapas and San Martin provided me a look deep inside this nation. Dale Yerton began a work in Chiapas in the early 70’s. An incredible network of churches continues to grow and win people to Jesus.

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Jamaica

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Jamaica is the 5th largest island country in the Caribbean. The indigenous people, the Taíno, called it Xaymaca in Arawakan meaning the “Land of Wood and Water” or the “Land of Springs”. Evangelicals make up nearly 20% of the population.

Vicky and I traveled to Jamaica to minister at a Pastor’s Conference in the town of Duncans, where Kemp and Carol Holden established this church in the early 70’s! We obviously enjoyed the climate, country and culture. (It was after all Jamaica!) We enjoyed making connection and establishing a relationship with Pastor Winston Gray and his wife Keryann.

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Guatemala

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Guatemala became independent from Spain in 1821. After it became an independent country in its own right, it was ruled by a series of dictators. The late 20th century saw Guatemala embroiled in a 36-year-long civil war. Following the war, Guatemala has witnessed both economic growth and successful democratic elections.

Natural disasters have a long history in this geologically active part of the world. Guatemala’s location between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean makes it a target for hurricanes, such as Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and Hurricane Stan in October 2005, which killed more than 1,500 people.

Guatemala’s highlands lie along the Motagua Fault. This fault has been responsible for several major earthquakes in historic times, including a 7.5 magnitude tremor on February 4, 1976, which killed more than 25,000 people. Guatemala has 37 volcanoes, four of them are active: Pacaya, Santiaguito, Fuego and Tacaná. Both Fuego and Pacaya erupted in 2010.
Guatemala is a beautiful country with a beautiful people. Carlos Craft established Camino Biblico many years ago. My friend Dale Yerton, agreed to help oversee his work upon his death. Ted Flynn has also shown incredible leadership and true influence as he has served this fellowship of some 250-300 churches over the past several years. It’s a privilege to work with these two men of high integrity and vision.

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