Isaias and Olga Cantarero

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Missions Door appointed Isaías to minister among the Lenca Indians under the oversight of Erick Sanchez in Western Honduras in 2006. He is also the Coordinator of Bible Education for the church leaders and laymen there. Isaías is working full time planting churches in the communities of Northern Intibuca. Olga collaborates in ministry by teaching the Bible to leaders, ladies and children. They have both seen God's hand transform lives and communities among the Lenca culture, people who have great spiritual and material needs.

Faith Story

Isaías grew up in San Nicolás, Intibucá, Honduras, with his parents and seven siblings. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 2003 and immediately felt God calling him to study His word. Isaías attended Instituto Bíblico Lenca (Lenca Bible Institute) in La Esperanza, Honduras for six months. He then studied for two years at the Central American Biblical Seminary of Honduras (SEBCAH) in Siguatepeque while also completing his practical ministry in the San Nicolás community. While in seminary, Isaías met his wife Olga who was serving there on an evangelistic outreach project.

Family

Isaías and Olga have been married since 2006 and are the proud parents to three daughters: Melisa Esther and Melisa Sarai, twins, and Lizeth Izamar.

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Among poor but passionate people, family connections and festive occasions bring joy to life

Aside from the popular tourist spots of the Bay Islands and the Mayan ruins of Copán, the pristine Caribbean beauty of Honduras remains little known to international visitors.

But the country's exports are familiar abroad, especially in the United States. The natural resources of Honduras supply the trade of coffee, sugar cane and tropical fruit, as well as petroleum and textiles. Yet economic growth is limited by political instability and drug cartels that compromise security and development.

The people of Honduras show great passion for soccer and enjoy festive occasions with music and traditional punta dancing. They tend to keep their religious beliefs to themselves.

Extended families often live in close proximity. Hondurans welcome the company of friends and guests on the front porches of their homes, and communities gather on central plazas in most towns.

Your participation with Missions Door helps meet strategic and spiritual needs of communities in Honduras through pastoral training, leadership development, church planting, economic development, women's ministry and evangelism.

Cultural Snapshot

As Hondurans reenact the events of Holy Week, artists create elaborate sawdust carpets to decorate the trail where the figure of Jesus will walk to his crucifixion.

Faith Fact

Upper classes in Honduras predominantly adhere to Catholicism, while evangelical Protestant affiliation increases among the urban poor.

Country Profile

Population: 9 million

Major Religions: 97% Roman Catholic, 3% Protestant

Languages: Spanish (official), Amerindian dialects

Literacy: 85%

Poverty: 60%

 

 

Ministry service area:
International

Ministry location:
, Honduras