Dear Prayer Partner,

The focus this month is on Honduras.

Honduras is a Central American country which boarders Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It is infamous as one of the poorest countries in Central America and one of the most violent countries in the world.
The Bible Society of Honduras is working alongside the local church to try and bring God’s light to this dark country.
They are part of a wide range of projects from sharing the Good News with the police and prisoners, to working with school children and families to teach them about God’s Love. For our Bible a Month focus we have chosen to support a project providing Bibles to those who work within the police force.
Honduras

Capital: Tegucigalpa

Population: 7,615,584  (July 2018 est.)

Official language: Spanish. English is also widely spoken as well as a number of other Amerindian dialects.


Religion: Roman Catholic (46%), Protestant (41%), Atheist (1%), Other Religions or No Religion (11%).


Statistics and map taken from The World Factbook and Operation World .

Life in Honduras

As one of Central America’s poorest countries, many of the population of Honduras live in poverty. The wealth is mainly concentrated to cities and larger towns, with people in the rural areas often struggling financially. It is estimated that over 66% of the population live below the poverty line.

Due to the widespread poverty there is a very high crime rate- drugs, murder and violence are all common daily occurrences. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in recent years, Honduras has the highest rate of homicide in the world. San Pedro Sula, the second largest city of the country, has been nicknamed “the world’s capital city of crime”.

Agriculture is the main income of many of those living in the poorer rural areas, with coffee and bananas being the most commonly farmed goods. In recent years the country has experienced many hurricanes, which often wipe out the crops of subsistence farmers. This causes people to become desperate, feeling there is no where else to turn other than to crime.

Despite the high crime and poverty rate, nearly 95% of the population is literate. The quality of education is low, but it is estimated that an individual will stay in school for 11 years. There are still many children who are sent to work instead of school and child labour rates are high.
Bringing the Gospel to the Honduras Police Force

It is no secret that there is corruption in the Honduran society, especially among the police force. However there is good news: i n recent years the crime rate has been dropping. The Bible Society of Honduras believes this is due to the power of the Word of God and more and more people coming to faith.

The Bible Society of Honduras is working alongside the government to help positively influence the men and women involved in the police and army by giving out scriptures and Bibles to officers. As well as this, a Bible-based teaching manual has been designed on principles and values, set to be implemented in police units nationwide. Officers are encouraged to read their Bibles and many have come to faith. There is a real change being seen among the police force.

The Bible Society have made September a 'Month of the Bible' across the country. The police and army have got involved in this with special events organised for them.

Through teaching the Biblical perspective of justice and introducing officers to Christ it is hoped that the police will be able to show compassion to their fellow Hondurans and act as witnesses for Christ.

Above is a video of one of the events held by the government of Honduras for the police during September 2018 - the Month of the Bible in Honduras.
Work Among Prisoners
Alongside this ministry the Bible Society of Honduras is also distributing Bibles to prisoners, and many have given their lives to Christ. Prisoners who were once violent criminals are now unrecognisable, having completely turned from their old way life. Jesus is transforming hundreds of inmates’ lives through the Bible.
 
One inmate described his conversion- “God, through His Word, has changed my life, since I decided to read the Bible that I received from the Bible Society of Honduras... I am willing to go out and preach and give my testimony to every person I can, I know that God has control over my life and He knows where He will take me and what He will do with my life.”. 
"Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God."
Romans 13:1
Pray for Honduras

Please pray for the Bible Society work in Honduras and the opportunities that they have to reach out to the police.

  • Please pray for the crime rate in Honduras. Although it has been falling in recent years it is still an incredibly dangerous place. Ask the Lord to bring peace to this country.

  • Pray that police officers would be touched by God's love for them and that it would change them. Ask God to strengthen those officers who are Christians and to help them live out the Bible's instructions in their difficult line of work.

  • Pray for the prisoners that are being given scriptures. Ask that God would speak to them through His Word and that many would turn to Jesus. Pray that if released they would continue in their faith and that people would be challenged by the change in their lives.

  • Pray for the staff of the Bible Society of Honduras. Ask that God would keep them safe and that they would be able to continue His work. Thank God that there is religious freedom in Honduras and that they have such an amazing opportunity to work with the police.

  • Pray for the Bible Society of Honduras during this Month of the Bible as they interact and engage all levels of society with the Bible.
Give

Every £5 donated to this project will enable a police officer or prisoner in Honduras receive a Bible of their own.

Make a donation online now.

This project is our Bible-a-month project for September. Decide to become a Bible-a-month partner today! You will receive a free calendar with information about this and 11 other Bible Society projects. Commit to giving just £5 each month and you will ensure that the Word of God is shared across the world. Sign up here.

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