Mission UpReach Seeks to Plant Self-Sustaining Congregations in Honduras
by: Stafford North | April 11, 2017
In 2008, Phil and Donna Waldron, founders of Mission UpReach, followed a call to reach the people of Western Honduras by initiating a conventional model of missionary-led church planting. Once there, however, they quickly discovered great poverty throughout the region. Because of the conditions, including instability and drug trafficking, Phil and Donna realized that to be successful, ministry in this turbulent region required a new model.
They developed, therefore, a plan to transform the culture of Western Honduras with the gospel of Jesus Christ by developing and equipping local Christian leaders to build self-led, self-sustaining, and self-replicating congregations. This transformed culture will achieve a multiplication of life-changing ministries as each new congregation meets the physical, mental, and spiritual needs within its own community, and develops future leaders to launch other congregations. This new model will become sustainable in the long-term by using only Honduran leadership and only Honduran funding, thus growing and expanding the Lord’s church without influences from American churches. Their goal is to establish 1010 congregations within the next generation.
Mission UpReach uses a variety of ways to help the people of the area with their lives in order to help them come to the gospel. They have developed an auto mechanic shop to work on their own vehicles, and to train young men in the skills of being a mechanic. They host medical teams, they have a deaf school for adults, a safe house for women, and a values education program that works with children in fifteen different public schools. They host more than 20 short-term mission groups each year, who assist them in their work.
A key-part of their strategy is the training of young men to be community and church leaders through their Moses Project, a 120 acre farm that provides agricultural training during the day while the young men complete their high school training. There are currently forty-two young men residing and working in this program. These young men, who are the best and brightest of their communities, also study in six-week Christian boot camps and become active members in a local congregation.
Certainly this report from Western Honduras is good news. For more information about Mission UpReach or to contribute to this good work, go to www.MissionUpReach.org.