As many of you know, my son Josh, Steve Springsted and I will be traveling to Honduras June 9-19 on Trinity Church’s first mission trip focused on business as mission, and we would covet your prayers. If you are a little confused on what business as mission is, you’re not alone!
“There is no one universally agreed definition for Business as Mission, but there are some key common denominators in the global BAM movement. A working definition used by the second global think tank: Business as Mission is…
Profitable and sustainable businesses;
- Intentional about Kingdom of God purpose and impact on people and nations;
- Focused on holistic transformation and the multiple bottom lines of economic, social, environmental, and spiritual outcomes;
- Concerned about the world’s poorest and least evangelized peoples.”
Other definitions can be found at: http://www.businessasmission.com/faqs.html#c245
Honduras is a Central American country of about 8 million people bordered by Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. It is one of the poorest countries in the region with unemployment running nearly at 30% and has significant problems with crime and corruption. Despite these challenges, many Hondurans are committed to improving their country through prayer, hard work and a determination to end crime and corruption. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kgkTRLzuZY. We are going to partner with some of those people who have chosen to live out their Christian faith in very practical ways.
We will arrive in the capital city of Tegucigalpa and will spend several days there observing how business as missions is transforming several sections of that city. We will then travel to Siguatepeque to stay with our friends, Dr. and Mrs. Enrique Martinez Reina. We will be visiting the businesses and ministries which they are a part of, including Scripture Union (http://ubhonduras.org/about-us/history/), Salud Digestiva (“Digestive Health”), an after school program for at-risk kids, an English language school, an agricultural mirco-lending group as well as several other projects. We will be staying the last couple of days back in Tegucigalpa with our new friends, Jim and Francis Martin, of Honduras Ministries: http://hondurasministries.org/nfp/, getting to learn more about their ministry. We are going with the purpose of supporting those on the ground who are doing business as missions work as well as looking for future partnership opportunities. Please pray for the safety and health of our team, that our eyes and hearts would be open to what the Lord is doing in the country and people of Honduras, and how we might be a part of that in the future. Please also pray that we would be a blessing to those who are opening their homes and hearts to us. Depending upon how well we are able to stay in touch, you should be able to follow our progress at: http://missionblogs.trinityonline.org.