...OUR "NEW" COUNTRY
We are the Maxwell family. Kasey, Alicia, Alana, & Audrey. We are from DFW area, Texas, and now belong in Puerto Lempira serving God's children. We have been happily married since 1999. We have also enjoyed being children's church leaders for over 7 years and have been a part of several other "missions trips" in the past, both separately and together. We can look back and see that God has directed every step of our lives so far to lead us to this place. We cannot be more thankful!
Gracias a Dios is the eastern-most department of Honduras. Though it is the second largest department in the country making up about 15% of the land mass, it is sparsely populated, and contains extensive pine savannas, swamps, and rain forests.
In 2005, the estimated population of 76,278 only accounted for 1% of the total population of Honduras. The sparcity and ethnic make-up of the region result in it being undervalued and overlooked by Honduran society and government. This region is also known as ‘La Moskitia’ due to the indigenous Miskito people that inhabit it, even though the Miskito span an almost equal distance into bordering Nicaragua. Even with several key “municipalities,” La Moskitia is considered poor and remote even by Honduran standards. The standard of living, income, and access to healthcare is far lower than the national averages—all of which are already among the lowest in Central America.
In 2000, the World Health Organization ranked the Honduran healthcare system at 131 (of 190) in the entire world – the lowest ranking of all Central American countries. With few exceptions, the government provides little or no health services in the Moskitia region, leaving the vast majority of care to be supplied by charity and missionary organizations. The lack of infrastructure (roads) in the region makes healthcare delivery virtually impossible without the use of aircraft.
Please check out our blog post HERE for our background story!
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." -James 1:27
Recently God made it clear that our next opportunity in His service will be ministering to the Miskito children of Honduras. LSM will partner with another organization by the name of Mama Tara's Miskito Orphanage. What a great group of kids! We have enjoyed getting to know each of them during our first few months here in Puerto Lempira, and God has opened a door for us to be able to help ministrer there. Currently, Linda, an American missionary, is living at MT's full time and is doing a fantastic job of being "mama" to these 21 children since the passing of Mama Tara in March 2013. We will come along side of her to assist with daily activities, house and school projects, fundraisers, hosting groups, and loving on the children in whatever way we can. We look forward to being a part of the lives of these beautiful children as they grow in love for each other, their country, their heritage, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Children are the future of La Moskitia and we are priveledged to be a small part of what God is doing here. *side note**-There are also a couple widows who currently live and work at MT's, and we look forward to assisting in the growth of this "widow's ministry" as well!
It is vitally important that our children be led to a personal relationship with Christ and instructed in His Word when they are young. If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God.” - D.L. Moody, Great American Evangelist
"For God, who said, 'Let there be light in the darkness,' has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ"
-2 Corinthians 4:6
Sometimes, we (Christians) are the only "Jesus" that some will ever meet. We are called to spread the gospel of his name! If you want to know more about what we believe, please feel free to contact us!