Pastor Antonio Escobar was born in Cabañas, Honduras, where he grew up with his parents and eleven brothers. Antonio lived with his family on the border near El Salvador, and because of the civil war in that country, his family moved to a safer area. They moved towards the Lenca community of San Isidro when he was five years old. Currently his ministry is focused on planting churches in the mountains of Honduras, among the Lencas Indians. He wants to develop local leaders in each community and that they may grow future leaders. Pastor Antonio and Florentina also work with young people and children in the church communities. God has given Pastor Antonio the privilege of planting two new churches so far and right now he is starting a new one in the community of San José Opatoro. His vision is that each Lenca village has a Christian church.
Pastor Antonio met Jesus as his Savior in 2010. He started serving the Lord in the local church and then went to the Lenca Bible Institute. He was ordained as a minister in 2017, now has a great interest in preaching the Gospel of Jesus.
Pastor Antonio graduated from the Lenca Bible Institute in 2015 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Theology.
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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.
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.
Upper classes in Honduras predominantly adhere to Catholicism, while evangelical Protestant affiliation increases among the urban poor.
Population: 9 million
Major Religions: 97% Roman Catholic, 3% Protestant
Languages: Spanish (official), Amerindian dialects
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