The Honduras Project began in 2008 when Mark and Lori Connell moved to Honduras full time to be “boots on the ground” for Torch Missions and Lori’s work, Mi Esperanza. Over the past 11 years Mark continues developing ministry during the day to day times when there are not Torch teams in the country.
Mark dedicates much of his time to building relationships in communities all over the city. This gives him the unique and insightful ability to learn how to best serve the people of Honduras. How to help without creating dependency, assist without removing human dignity, and how to honor the country he came to serve. Mark is committed to helping and educating others about serving in the 3rd world effectively,
Education became a passion for The Honduras Project and The Back to School program was born. Believing that education is the most effective way to break the cycle of extreme poverty. Each year, with donations from a variety of individuals, churches, Torch teams, businesses, and organizations they purchase school supplies and uniforms to give, free of charge, to children from the poorest communities and who are at risk of not returning to school. The first year of The Back to School program they purchased supplies for a handful of students in one community. 10 years later they are serving between 600-700 students per year in communities all over the Tegucigalpa area. With 10 years invested they now have students in college and a graduate of Nursing School. Educating the next generation is the path to a different future and The Honduras Project is committed to that future for the people of Honduras.
As people began finding The Honduras Project via the internet and through a variety of other connections, The Honduras Project (Mark) began receiving requests from individuals, organizations, work teams, churches, civic groups, and colleges, for help serving in Honduras. So, while a TORCH team may not be on the ground, Mark is facilitating and helping others serve the people of Honduras. That takes a variety of shapes; building houses, serving the city dump workers, packing and delivering food, working in the hospitals, and various other requests. During the year, separate and apart from TORCH teams, another 10-15 houses are built for families in need, estimating another 110-165 have been given over the years.
You can learn more about Mark and Lori and The Honduras Project here: thehondurasproject.org