It is thrilling to report that our construction workers have started building our StreetChild drop-in center at our downtown ministry center. The foundation of the building is complete. When finished this facility will provide clean clothes, a hot meal, a shower, a soft bed and safety for the homeless kids of La Ceiba.
There are upwards of 10,000 kids living on the streets of Honduras. With an average annual income of $3,000 and an unemployment rate above 30% the people of Honduras cannot care for their most vulnerable citizens. These kids frequently sleep on the streets, sniff glue, rob local stores and have been known to prostitute themselves.
Our newest teammate Kate arrives in Honduras in a week. Working with homeless kids is her passion. Our StreetChild drop-in center is where Kate will spend her time. Kate will build relationships, love the kids and share the gospel with them.
God has a heart for the poor (Psalm 10:14) and He calls His followers to care for the needy (1 Timothy 6:18). Our StreetChild drop-in center will allow us to demonstrate Christ’s heart for serving those most in need, demonstrating justice to those most oppressed and showing mercy to those with the greatest pain.
StreetChild is the quarterly newsletter of MTW’s StreetChild Mission International. The just released Spring issue focuses on our work in La Ceiba, Honduras. The five page, color newsletter is mailed to thousands of individuals and churches throughout the U.S.
The newsletter focuses much on Oneida, a young Honduran girl with whom we work very close. There is also much written about our effort to build a homeless kids center and about Kate DeFuniak, our future Director of that project.
It is so exciting for our ministry to receive such great focus. It is our desire that such attention helps to develop many new partners and to bring great glory to Christ. To view a copy of the newsletter click HERE.
May 8th is Mother’s Day. It is also MTW’s annual Street Child Sunday. This is the day that MTW asks churches to promote their work with homeless kids. Each year MTW sends out a bulletin insert to help draw focus to one region working with homeless kids.
This year MTW is focusing Street Child Sunday on our work in Honduras. Specifically they are telling the story of one of kids we work with daily – Oneida. The bulletin insert, that will be made available for thousands of churches to use, tells the story of how Oneida was an outcast in Armenia Bonito. It talks about how this mute and neglected girl became involved in our ministry and entered our hearts.
If you would like to read the insert or download a copy for your church to use in their bulletins you can download it here.
Our future plans for our ministry include having a full time Street Children program in downtown La Ceiba. We want to start with a homeless kids drop-in center that will provide a hot meal, clean clothes, a temporary bed and a shower for kids as a way a building relationships with them. Shortly after that we are looking to build and operate a full time children’s home for kids who have no home to go to. This past week we took two large strides towards realizing this dream.
Kate deFuniak, our future teammate and Street Children coordinator, visited La Ceiba for a week. She met with government officials as well as current and past operators of homeless kids homes. Kate met with a man who, as a child, grew up on the streets. In addition she went out on the streets at night and talked to several kids who currently live on the streets. This past week helped us to transfer the dream from our heads to Kate’s heart and helped her get a vision for her future work.
Additionally, MTW’s Street Children program published their quarterly magazine. They featured our plans as the cover story for this issue. This magazine goes out to thousands of people who are interested in supporting programs that provide options for kids without homes. You can read the article here.
Please be in prayer for Kate and for our future Street Children program.