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.
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."
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 Friday through an intercom for the past three years.
Video: Honduras pastor serves as chaplain to factory workers
"When I don't come, (workers) ask me, 'Why? We need you to bring the Christian
Pastor: 'God wanted me to go through tribulations.'
The Rev. Félix Medina, his family and community, celebrate beginning of new church.
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.