Honduras is the second poorest
country in Central America, with 50% of its population under the
age of 18. Poverty, AIDS, teenage pregnancy and other social problems
have combined to create many orphaned, abandoned, and abused children
throughout the country. Some of these children end up living on
the streets, some are exploited and even those children who are
rescued from such dire situations often find themselves facing a
lonely existence in a government-run institution.
From this sad reality, a vision
was born to create The Hope of Jesus Children’s Home, a family-like
home where children will be safe, nurtured, given opportunities
for their future and learn about God’s great love for them.
Many dedicated Christians have
collaborated to help turn this dream into a reality, including the
Honduran Episcopal Church, Hope for His Children International,
The South American Missionary Society (SAMS) and many churches and
individuals from various denominations.
SAMS missionaries Mike and Kim
Miller are providing the leadership for the project. The Millers
gained a deeper understanding of the suffering of Honduras’
vulnerable children after volunteering at a children’s home
in Tegucigalpa in 1999. Today they are active in reflecting Christ’s
character as a helper and defender of the fatherless, as they press
forward with the construction and development of The Hope of
Jesus Children’s Home.