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Special Report: Honduras and Guatemala 2017

A view of Guatemala. Photo by Kathy Gilbert, UMNS.

A view of Guatemala. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

The United Methodist Mission in Honduras was started by the Board of Global Ministries in 1997 and is the only United Methodist church in Latin America. The National Evangelical Primitive Methodist Church of Guatemala has been part of the church’s mission since 1976 when the church provided humanitarian aid and relief teams after a devastating earthquake.

A small group of United Methodist bishops from the United States, along with staff from the Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Communications, visited United Methodist churches in Honduras and Evangelical National Primitive Methodist churches in Guatemala, July 19-26. The mission education journey immersed participants in the work of the church in the two Central America countries. 
 

(From left) Bishop Jonathan Holston, the Rev. Carlos Cornejo, Claudete Mora, the Rev. Luis Soto and Bishop Mike McKee use body movement to pray the Lord’s Prayer as part of a devotion given by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, at Cristo Resucitado, Ciudad España, Honduras. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

 Honduras, Guatemala pastors rely on power of prayer
 Violence and poverty threatens to drown the communities and consume families.
 Pastors fight back with faith.
 

 Video: Pastor serves church in Honduras gang neighborhood
 “If someone refuses to join the maras, they are given 48 hours to get out of the
 country or they will be killed. but really, they usually don't get 48 hours."

 

United Methodist bishops and members of the Evangelica Nacional Metodista Primitiva de Guatemala church listen to an overview of Guatemala and Methodism at Santo Tomas Hotel in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

 Guatemala church works in shadow of gangs
 Pastors joyful and committed to bringing Gospel to all parts of Guatemala, despite
 day-to day struggles.


 

 Chaplain brings word of God to cigar factory
 The Rev. José Roberto Peña, a United Methodist pastor, has been preaching every
 Fiday through an intercom for the past three years.
 

Every Friday, the Rev.  José Roberto Peña, a United Methodist pastor in Honduras,  preaches to workers at a cigar factory.

 Video: Honduras pastor serves as tobacco chaplain
 “When I don’t come, (workers) ask me, ‘Why? We need you to bring the Christian
 message.'"

 

Children sang and read scripture behind large letters spelling out Jesus as part of the celebration of placing the cornerstone for Casa de Paz United Methodist Church. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

 Pastor: 'God wanted me to go through tribulations.'
 The Rev.  Félix Medina, his family and community, celebrate beginning of new  church.
 

 

Video image by Jan Snider, United Methodist Communications.

 Video: Methodism in Central America: Challenges, Faith and Hope
 Video takes you into Honduras and Guatemala where the Methodist church
 provides much-needed support amidst violence and poverty.