Top 5 People Groups
Detribalized Amerindian: 331,000
Mestizo Nicaraguan: 240,000
White Honduran: 161,000
The Republic of Honduras is located in Central America and is bordered to the west by Guatemala and El Salvador and to the southeast by Nicaragua. It is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with much of the wealth in the hands of a very small minority. More than half of the population are children and youth, most of who live in chronic poverty.
Honduras was home to the Maya and other indigenous cultures when Spain conquered the area in the early 1500s. It became independent in 1821, but endured over 130 revolts and revolutions by 1932. For much of the 20th century the country was governed by military rule. Honduras has been a democratic civilian government since 1984.
Socio-economic problems caused by widespread poverty have been the biggest challenge for the nation. High unemployment, low wages, and limited educational opportunities offer little hope for Hondurans to break free of generations of hardship. Children are at-risk of sexual exploitation and recruitment into the nation´s powerful network of youth gangs. AIDS is also a major concern, with 60 percent of Central America´s AIDS cases reported in Honduras.
The Roman Catholic Church is officially recognized, but there is religious freedom with separation of church and state. Over the past half century Honduras has experienced a rapid growth of evangelicals. In 1960, there were about 32,000 evangelicals representing 1.7 percent of the population. That number has multiplied to 1.75 million or 23 percent of the population currently and continues to rise.
The largest minority ethnic groups in the country are the Lenca and the Miskitu, Garifuna, Sumo and Tol in the eastern rainforests. In recent years more of these indigenous peoples are coming to Christ.
Christian Aid supports the indigenous natives who work to evangelize isolated villages and provide Bible training to missionaries and church leaders.
Recent Prayerline Posts
HONDURAS. As rural congregations grow and new life in Christ is restoring lives, marriages and communities, more new believers and children are attending Sunday school. These classes in 10 congregations need Christian materials ($170 each) for discipleship. Pray for these dedicated missionaries to see more fruit in their labor.
HONDURAS. A failing marriage found new hope when a native missionary shared the gospel with the couple. “Finally, one day the wife received the Lord Jesus,” said the worker. “Then she prayed for her husband until he committed his life to the Lord. The Lord has restored their marriage.” Twenty faithful missionaries serving in rural areas ...