Honduras has the planet’s highest murder rate, at 67 per 100,000 people. In 2009 this small country of only 7.5 million people experienced over 5,000 homicides. While the world is focused on the murder rate in countries like South Africa, Mexico and Venezuela, it is Honduras that is paying the largest toll.
As recently as 2006 Honduras was "only" ranked third in the region, behind Guatemala and El Salvador. However, the increased violence of gang on gang crime and drug trafficking shot Honduras to the top of the world’s most dubious list.
U.S. and Honduran sources attribute much of the increased violence to battles over drug trafficking. Much of the drugs consumed in the U.S. are grown in South America, shipped through Honduras and other Central American countries and cross into the U.S. via its southern boarder and coastline. Mexican gangs are reported to have been sending gang members to Central American countries, like Honduras, to try and eliminate the competition.
We have hosted 200 short-term missionaries in Honduras. Our team has been here for over two years. With all of this, nobody in our care or on our team has ever been the victim of a violent crime. In fact, our family has not experienced any crime at all.
God is still in control and still sits upon His throne. With violence around us we take faith in knowing we are exactly where God wants us to be. Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”