Missionary Ken Harrell, founder of Children’s Gift Ministry, hosted the Hope for Honduras mission’s team from Van Buren, Arkansas the week of March 21-26, 2015 to install a water filtration system for the Mi Esperanza (My Hope) village on Roatan Island, Honduras. This team was lead by Pastors Jimmy and Michell Drummond from Butterfield Church in Van Buren, Arkansas.
This team led children’s crusades in two villages where they distributed gift ministry bags to more than 300 children. These bags contained toiletry items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash cloths, shampoo, conditioner, soap, a couple pieces of candy, and a small toy.
The Hope for Honduras mission’s team also worked together with Pastor Rios of Aposento Alto Iglesia de Dios (Upper Room Assembly of God) in Mi Esperanza to provide a water filtration system that would allow thousands from the village to obtain clean drinking water if they need it.
Team member Brandy Davis stated, “It’s so amazing thinking about my children, having an eight month old and a four year old, having to drink and bathe in dirty water, and then getting sick from it. That is something we can change and make a difference in those babies’ lives.”
After Hurricane Mitch left a trail of devastation in Honduras in 1998, 75% of the country suffered the effects from unclean drinking water. Many families in the rural areas of the country, including Mi Esperanza continue to rely on contaminated, unsafe water supplies.
Although Roatan is a tourist location, the largest majority of individuals and families live in jungle areas, and are extremely poor. The average family in Honduras earns less than $200 per month. Clean drinking water costs roughly 20% of their monthly income, which many cannot afford. Until the filtration system was installed this past week, families in the Mi Esperanza village drank from the same water in which they bathed.
Harrell and his family strive to make a difference in the lives of Honduran people each day. They depend on assistance and help from churches and missions’ teams from across the United States to support the Children’s Gift Ministry.