Immediately after Hurricane Mitch in November, 1998, approximately 300 people fled the devastation to find a safer and drier place to live. These people, in hopes of starting again, invaded the land high above the capital city. This rocky, undeveloped area overlooked Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Today, the area houses 60,000 plus people. Still, most people living in the capital city of Tegucigalpa do not even know that this area exists. The people are some of the poorest in Honduras living on $1 a day, yet they live within sight of a prospering city.
We work on the mountain not to change their culture or make them into Americans like us, but to help them develop a lasting and sustaining relationship with Jesus Christ. Then, whether they stay in Mogote or move on, they have everything they need for success. With the help of God and people from all over the world, we will continue to press forward until we see Him in the people of Mogote on the mountain.
Ron, Shelley, Joseph and Oscar Jones in June 2008 at Joseph's graduation dinner.
Ron and Shelley Jones are the original missionaries who started Hope for Honduras, Inc. They later adopted Joseph and Oscar when they were only 12 and 4, respectively. Now, Joseph is a Junior at Oklahoma State and Oscar is in the tenth grade. Before serving in Honduras, Ron was a successful contractor and Shelley was an interior designer.
Originally, Ron & Shelley would go up to "Mogote" every day to pass out food in the streets and provide basic medical care. Twelve years later, the ministry has a multi-purpose building housing the following ministries: daily feeding ministry, Bible Kinder (similar to VBS), Hope Academy Spanish School tutoring program, Hope Academy Bilingual School, women’s ministry, a church with a Honduran pastor, construction ministry, trade-skills ministry, a clinic with a Honduran doctor and it’s still growing! Teams come year-round to partner with H4H and to fellowship with the locals and ministry staff. Lives are being changed and the Kingdom of God is growing in power and in numbers!
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