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Central American partnership: FPCGV and HOI

Announcing the 2018 Honduras Mission Trip

2018 Plans – Honduras!

We are planning a trip to Rancho el Paraiso in Honduras on July 14-21, 2018. Costs have not yet been finalized, so stay tuned for more details this fall.

Why Central America?

As one member said, “You can read about it, hear about it, and see the photos, but you just don’t know until you go.” Staying in our own hemisphere helps keep transportation costs down.

Interested? Want to Know More?

If you would like more information about the 2018 trip or how you can help, please contact Beverly Chernoff at bcher06@gmail.com, or call her at 817-247-5982.

For more information Contact Beverly Chernoff, bcher06@gmail.com, 817-247-5982.

Questions and Answers

Read through these frequently asked questions and contact the team to get involved.

Q. Why join a mission?
A. You will be part of a Christ-centered team whose purpose is to help improve the lives and communities in a select area through fellowship and locally identified projects. A mission transforms lives through faith, economic development, and education. At the same time, the mission team is blessed through spiritual growth as they work for and alongside others. The trip is organized through a Honduran-based outreach organization called HOI (www.hoi.org). 

Q. Why Central America?
A. By staying with our hemisphere, we can keep costs down and focus our resources on those in need. 

Q. Why HOI?
A. For over 25 years, HOI has arranged mission trips for North American volunteers to work side-by-side with locals on community projects, from home improvements to establishing schools and medical clinics. HOI employs 60 local citizens year-round to work with area communities, improve the quality of life, increase opportunities, and live out the Gospel. To learn more, go to www.hoi.org.

Q. How much does the trip cost?
A. The per-person costs vary by country. The HOI fee covers in-country transportation, lodging, meals, security, bi-lingual HOI leader, and construction supplies.  For Honduras, the recent fee was $800 per person; $1,200 per person for Nicaragua. Depending on annual budget, our Mission Ministry may cover the HOI fee for a limited number of participants; those participants are responsible for their airfare and personal expenses.

Q. How do I learn more?
A. Go to www.hoi.org and click on Take A Trip and then Rancho el Paraiso/Olancho, Honduras for more information about missions to this location.  

Q. How do I join a future Honduras mission trip?
A. Contact mission@fpcgv.org.

2017 Nicaragua Highlights

The mission team traveled to San Esteban, Nicaragua – a village with 140 homes. Lodging was at an organic coffee and honey farm near the beautiful Lake Apanas. Each day started with a hearty breakfast, travel to the village, and mission work. Back at the farm, we had delicious dinner, devotional, showers, and bed. The farm staff provided safe drinking water, meals, and security.

It was truly an amazing week. We are all profoundly grateful for such a life-changing experience. The team thanks First Presbyterian Grapevine for financial support, prayers, and cards.

The Mission Experience

The villagers “pay it forward”-- volunteering in their community to receive a water filtration system, cement floors, and eco-stove. We worked with them side-by- side to:

  • Build sidewalks at the church, raised gardens at the school, cement floors, and eco-stoves.

  • Build a hand rail to enable a frail, elderly man more safely descending steps from a latrine shelter.

  • Hold daily Bible study for adults and children and visited 10 homes for fellowship and prayer. 

And, we delivered YOUR donations of school supplies, children’s Bibles and harmonicas, medical supplies, and tennis, baseball, and soccer equipment.
Our participants worked at their own pace and in the area of their choosing.