Mario is working on planting new urban churches in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. This city is the most populated in the country and they have many needs, challenges and opportunities. They are focused on young couples and families at risk, many of whom are moving to new neighborhoods around the city. Mario tells us: "I can see an excellent opportunity to talk about Jesus—He can change lives. There is also an opportunity to create an evangelism movement and new churches in places that do not exist in our city." On top of being a church planter, Mario is the Honduras director of the Theology Formation Program. This program focuses on the churches planted by the Missions Door, and they serve to facilitate the Bible educational process from the Local Churches. The program is currently having amazing, fruitful results!
Mario met the Lord in the neighborhood he lived in, became a member of the local church, and served in it as part of the leadership team. There he met Loly, who would become his wife. They were married for 28 years and are the parents of three daughters. Due to COVID, Loly graduated early to be with our Lord. Mario continues to be faithful in ministry in Tegucigalpa.
Mario and Loly have three daughters: Alina, Andrea and Astrid.
- University degree in communications with a specialty in mobile telephony and fiber optics.
- Bachelor of Theology from the Latin American Faculty of 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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