JOYFUL PARENTS WRITE
ABOUT THEIR DAUGHTER SERVING IN HONDURAS
"Greeting from the mountains of B.C., Canada! Our 20-year-old daughter, Candi Darnforth, has been pioneering... in TRUJILLO, HONDURAS.
"It has been a wonderful experience and opportunity and a dream come true for her. It has not been easy though -- very hot and humid, very dirty, lots of bugs, no running water, etc. and learning Spanish has been a challenge but the brothers and sisters are like family and the service has offered lots of great experiences. They usually have to walk, sometimes through jungle and people are excitedly waiting for them with the chairs and Bibles ready!" --John and Colleen Darnforth
Capital: Tegucigalpa; Branch Office: Tegucigalpa
Official Language: Spanish; Major Religion: Roman Catholic;
EARLY HISTORY OF THE MISSIONARIES & PREACHING WORK IN HONDURAS: Article on Honduras, 1993 Yearbook of Jehovah's witnesses, Pages 148-207
NEEDGREATERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD COME TO HONDURAS TO HELP OUT:
The 1993 Yearbook, Page 173 begins, "Many who cannot serve as
missionaries have the missionary spirit. So, in 1968, when The
Watchtower began encouraging brothers to move to lands where the need is
greater, the Honduras branch office received hundreds of letters from at least
24 countries...From 1968 to 1974, at least 35 families moved to Honduras from
around the globe—Canada, England, Germany, the United States, and even faraway
New Zealand...Some faced real challenges in trying to realize their plans. One
family from Canada..." [article continues with encouraging experiences]
2006 Yearbook: Population: 7,619,600; Kingdom Publishers: 15,716; Ratio of pubs to pop: 1:485 ; Congregations: 231
Trujillo, Honduras as seen below from Mount Calentura:
The town of Trujillo is sandwiched between the Caribbean Ocean and the looming mountains of Capiro Calentura & surrounded by two national parks. The mountain jungle canopy is dense...hemmed in by giant ferns, some of their fronds reaching twenty five feet in length.
Walking towards the summit of Calentura, in this lowland tropical rain forest, one may encounter wildlife such as monkeys, parrots, toucans, ten-inch wide blue butterflies, boa constrictors & even occasionally hear the distant growl of a jaguar or ocelot.
To the east of Trujillo, is a wildlife reserve, which is home to many species of water birds, as well as crocodiles, turtles, white faced monkeys, iguanas, and hundreds of species of fish.
PREACHING THE GOOD NEWS IN HONDURAS:
A very helpful lengthy, informative article re: Early history of the preaching of the good news in Honduras, 1930 onward...first missionaries, experiences of missionaries, needgreaters & establishment of Branch & dedication of Bethel in 1989: See 1993 Yearbook. See Watchtower Index for updated information & statistics.
One of the true joys of traveling in Honduras is the people. It is difficult to say "the people" when referring to Honduras, since there are so many different people in this Central American country. A large majority is mestizo or ladino, meaning they have mixed European and Central American Indian forefathers. There are also Amerindians. In general, the people are friendly, curious about foreigners, sometimes shy, but almost always cordial and helpful.
Honduras is a nation of 7.3 million people (with a 2.3% growth rate), fewer people than live in New York City. A total of approximately two million people live in Tegucigalpa, the capital, and in San Pedro Sula. The majority of the population lives in the western half of the country, and with the exception of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the majority of the population lives in rural settings.
Honduras is the knee of Central America, bordered to the south by Nicaragua and El Salvador and to the west by Guatemala. In the rural regions, nearly 63% of the population is considered extremely poor, living on less than a dollar a day. Families often work as subsistence farmers—growing only what they can use to feed their own families, and leaving very little money for other purchases.
In addition to the issues of health, poor access to water supplies causes overall development of Honduras to stagnate. Many women and children in the rural areas of Honduras walk far distances, spending up to six hours each day simply fetching water and carrying it home on their heads for bathing, cleaning and drinking.
The vast majority of Hondurans (approximately ninety percent) are mestizos, people of mixed European and Indian descent. The remaining tenth of the population is made up primarily of indigenous Indians.
ROATAN ISLAND - Honduras
Part of the Bay Islands (Islas de La Bahia):
A needgreater family has purchased a house on Roatan Island & will be moving there to serve where the need is great. On this 30x3-mile island, both English & Spanish are spoken.