Elias Castellanos

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

For twenty years, Elias has been the pastor of the Baptist Church Jehovah--his refuge, as he calls it. They proclaim the Gospel in their communities, minister to them with provisions, and install water filters to take care of their health. Ten years ago, God allowed them to meet Compassion International, who supports the church’s children. In the local church they have a CDI-Center for Integral Development, which is called “Champions of the King.” They minister to them in the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical areas. These children belong to families who are at risk due to extreme poverty. Their houses are made of cardboard and recycled material. These families live on less than a dollar a day. Elias’s ministry has 300 boys and girls who belong to the program. They consistently give medical check-ups to the children and provide food and school equipment as much as their resources allow.

Faith Story

Family

God allowed Elias and Marina to marry in 1999. Elias says that Marina has been the perfect help for his life, as she has always been alongside him working with great passion in the Lord's work and taking care of their two children, Stephanie and Elias Josue.

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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