In 1987, the World Outreach Foundation was approached with a unique request: a church group that had taken summer mission trips to Honduras wanted to purchase a working ranch in the rural state of Olancho. They hoped to use Rancho el Paraiso (Paradise Ranch) to establish a mission outpost for visiting North Americans to connect with Hondurans and help with healthcare.
The foundation decided to fund the project, and a year later a small group of American executives affiliated with the World Outreach Foundation embarked on a journey to visit the “little Christian mission” in the Agalta Valley. Despite the many difficulties of their trip, the visitors knew the Holy Spirit was moving them into action to address the overwhelming poverty they had witnessed. As the vision grew, Honduras Outreach, Inc. was established as a Christ-centered nondenominational 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Honduras.
Twenty-five years later, HOI has grown to include programs in the areas of healthcare, agriculture and nutrition, education, faith building, commerce, and construction, and has served over 200 villages. The Honduran government identifies HOI as one of the top five most effective non-profit organizations in the country, and as our relationships have grown stronger and our accomplishments have multiplied, HOI's ability to help those in need has increased.
We have been given an unprecedented opportunity to work with local communities and have learned many lessons along the way. Today, HOI is poised to leverage our success by expanding this model. Having recognized HOI’s potential to be replicated in other high-need areas, in 2011 the board of directors prayerfully voted to expand HOI’s presence beyond Honduras. To reflect this change, Honduras Outreach Inc. became simply "HOI". Today, our leadership is identifying potential partner organizations already active in other parts of Latin America. This partnership will allow us to cost-effectively and holistically join in God’s work in new ways. To support this expansion, please contact Jerry Eickhoff.