Hope Here International Ministries/ First Baptist Church Enterprise Honduras Mission Trip
(Saturday, October 2 through Saturday, October 12, 2020)
Team members may choose one of three options.
Option 1 – Saturday, October 2 through Thursday, October 7. (Serving at El Plan, Cortes)
Option 2 – Thursday, October 7 through Tuesday, October 10. (Serving at La Esperanza, Intibuca)
Option 3 – Saturday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 10. (Serving at both El Plan, Cortes and La Esperanza, Intibuca)
Our mission will be to share the Gospel and our worship of God with the people of El Plan, Cortes and La Esperanza, Intibuca, as well as nearby communities.
El Plan location (Tentative) – A Medical Clinic will be conducted Monday through Wednesday.
Small children will participate in Bible School activities, Monday through Wednesday at a nearby church.
Our evangelism unit will engage in daily Door to Door Evangelism in nearby communities (TBD), Monday through Wednesday. We will share Christ, Bibles, and distribute needed food commodities such as rice and beans.
The teen Girls Growing in God’s Grace program and a teen Boys Program will take place on Monday and Tuesday.
La Esperanza location – The agenda and other activities are pending as of the date of this manual.
Team membership is open to the first 30 team members to confim their intent to go. The team is open to all interested in International Missions, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, and helping those in need of the humanitarian services we will provide.
We will work through the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission (HBDM) in El Plan, San Manuel. The organization is a well-established ministry founded in 1974. Our base for operations will be the HBDM Mission Compound. You may visit their website at www.medicaldental.org.
Our base of operations for the El Plan location will be the compound of the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission. The base of operations for La Esperanza will the HBDM’s Alas de Fe property.
Honduran Travel Requirements:
Passports must be valid and have six months validity left after departure from Honduras on October 12th. Honduras does require payment of an exit tax upon departure, but this tax is now included in each airline ticket.
Cost for the Trip:
Option One, El Plan – $900
Option Two, La Esperanza – $900
Option Three, Both locations – $1,150
This fee includes accommodations at the mission compound, transportation in Honduras, all but a couple of meals and snacks. Meals and snacks such as airport meals and those during free time away from the compound are at team member expense. These times are minimal.
Team members can also confirm their spot on team with their plane ticket purchase. Team members can pay their team fee lump sum or in installment. The total fee is due by September 1st as we must submit payment to the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission in Collins, Mississippi two weeks out of departure.
Please note that in addition to the fee team members will pay or purchase their own plane tickets (Information is found in the Transportation Section below). Presently the estimated airfare out of Atlanta flying direct to SanPedro Sula is $364.
The total cost of team fee and estimated plane fare is $1,600 which is consistent with other teams of this type and accommodations provided. This may vary for those team members flying from airports other than Dothan. As air fare to Honduras is low now cost of the trip will be below average.
Payment of team fees and airfare can be made to HHIM and mailed to HHIM, 1103 Scenic View Drive, Dothan, AL 36303, or paid through the HHIM PayPal link. Checks to FBCE can be made to FBCE and mailed to Dr. West at 8 Indigo Place, Enterprise, AL 36330.
We will have Short-Term Mission Trip Insurance through Gallagher. It is provided by the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission.
Typical conditions in the El Plan/ San Pedro Sula area in October are in the 90s during the day. It may drop into the mid 70s at night. Temperatures in La Esperanza range from highs in 70s to lows in 50s.
Typically, October has the second most rain of any month. The rainy season runs from June through December.
The native language of course is Spanish. We will have ranslators available tand usually some team members are fluent in Spanish
Honduras is generally warm and tropical at sea level (El Plan). Cool and comfortable clothing is a must.
In the Central Mountains (La Esperanza) it can be pleasantly warm in the daytime and cool at night. A windbreaker might be a good thing to have.
Generally you should dress modestly at either location. During the day or when out in the villages capris or shorts (scrubs if working in the Medical/ Dental Clinic) are a good choice for women. Men should wear khakis, blue jeans, or shorts. Please, no tank tops, men or women. For church services men usually wear long pants and casual shirts. Women may wear casual dresses, long pants or skirts and blouses. Be sure to have a good pair of walking shoes.
Each Team Member will submit a short application and medical form required by the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission, and a copy of his/ her passport before the trip. Team members under age of 18 will need a form signed by both parents. Paperwork and copy of your passport should be submitted as soon after confirming your participation as possible, but no later than September 1st.
Phone Service/ Wi-Fi:
Cost and coverage depends on your carrier. Check rates and international programs offered by your carrier.
Wi-Fi at the mission compound in El Plan is typically good. Wi-Fi is only available in select areas at Alas de Fe.
Be sure to disable data before boarding the plane for San Pedro Sula. Do not use data in Honduras. It is very expensive.
It is suggested team members should be up to date on their tetanus shots. None others are required.
As in any tropical environment plan to take precautions against mosquitos as they can carry many problems. Team members are encouraged to use at least three levels of mosquito prevention. This includes a spray/ lotion, patches, bracelets and/ or other method.
Sunscreen is advised, even in the mountains. Always remember to use sunscreen first and insect repellent over it. Doxycycline for malaria prevention is optional but will be available by request in Honduras when you arrive.
The Honduras Baptist Dental Mission requires each team member have their own wide-mouth water bottle for refilling from coolers. You may bring your own or purchase one at the Mission compound.
The Honduras Baptist Dental Mission has a COVID-19 protocol. We will educate team members before our departure to Honduras as to what is required. This may be done through team meetings, written correspondence, or Zoom meetings.
In Honduras we will work with Hondurans who are on the mission staff, including those that are hired to support our operations, student translators, as wellas those we will serve. Please note that most are bilingual or have a limited knowledge of English. Be careful not to say things in your private conversations that might be misunderstood by nearby Hondurans.
Team members who have been to Honduras on prior trips usually have made friends with local Hondurans. The Honduras Baptist Dental Mission has a policy that team members should be careful not to invite or encourage non-team or non-staff friends to remain in areas where we work after hours, to enter the compound, travel with the team, or be part of team fellowship activities. Any exceptions must be approved by the Mission Missionary Staff.
HHIM-FBCE understands the policy helps prevent issues the Missionary Staff must deal with on an ongoing basis. HHIM-FBCE will comply strictly to all policies of the HBDM and expects its team members to do so.
Team Meetings/ Devotionals/ Quiet Time:
We will have devotion times before breakfast each morning and some evenings while in El Plan and La Esperanza. Our Wednesday evening meeting in El Plan will be a broader share time. The same applies to Monday evening for the La Esperanza group.
We like to give team members desiring to lead a devotional the opportunity to do so. If you would like to volunteer for a devotional, please let us know.
The Team House at the El Plan compound has space to sleep 24 lady team members and 24 men. Quarters for the ladies and for the men have two rooms each accommodating 12 in each room. The rooms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Bed linens, a blanket, and a pillow are provided.
Showers and restroom facilities connect the two ladies’ quarters and the two men’s quarters. Showers have hot water. Towels are provided.
Accomodations at Alas de Fe are dormitory type. Bed linens and towels are available. The missionary staff recommends each team member consider bringing a twin sheet set and/or towel and washcloth that they may leave when heading home. This is not mandatory. The Alas de Fe compound is in need of building an inventory of these items for use by visiting teams going forward.
Sat. 10/2 – Breakfast and Lunch on your own. Dinner at the compound in El Plan.
Sun. 10/3 – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the El Plan compound.
Mon. 10/4 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the El Plan compound.
Tue. 10/5 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the El Plan compound.
Wed. 10/6 - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the El Plan compound.
Thu. 10/7 – Breakfast at the El Plan compound before going to the airport. Lunch will be provided on the go for the team members arriving at the airport and those serving at both locations.
Fri. 10/8 – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the Alas de Fe Compound.
Sat. 10/9 – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the Alas de Fe Compound.
Sun. 10/10 – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the Alas de Fe Compound.
Mon, 10/11 – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the Alas de Fe Compound.
While in Honduras please avoid locally prepared foods, water, and so forth unless you are sure it is safe. The HBDM Staff will guide us on this. Don’t think you will lose weight while in Honduras. The mission staffs do an awesome job in keeping team members fed.
Domestic Ground Transportation:
The only domestic transportation required is your ride to your airport or reandevous point.
Two ways we will approach flights:
Option 1 - Team Members from Dothan or those traveling to Dothan to depart or leaving from Atlanta.
From Dothan Regional Airport – DHN (DELTA):
Team Members will provide their transportation to the airport.
10/2 Depart Dothan on Delta 4996 at 6:30 a.m. (C) Also the same flights and time schedules for those traveling to SAP on 10/7.
Arrive in Atlanta at 8:35 a.m. (E)
Depart Atlanta on Delta 1920 at 9:45 a.m. (E)
Arrive in SAP at 11:00 a.m. (H)
10/7 Depart SAP on Delta 1842 at 12:15 p.m. (H) Also the same flights and time schedules returning to Dothan on 10/12.
Arrive in Atlanta at 5:39 p.m. (E)
Depart Atlanta on Delta 4833 at 9:08 p.m. (E)
Arrive in Dothan at 9:10 p.m. (C)
From Harsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta ATL (DELTA)
Depart Atlanta on Delta 1920at 9:45 a.m. (E) Also the same flights and time schedules for those traveling to SAP on 10/7.
Arrive in SAP at 11:00 a.m. (H)
10/12 Depart SAP on Delta 1842 at 12:15 p.m. (H) Also the same flights and time schedules returning to Atlanta on 10/12.
Arrive in Atlanta at 5:39 p.m. (E)
NOTE: Shop for your best price out of Atlanta or Dothan. Check online often. Prices tend to vary somewhat and often they will drop. As of 5/19 Main Cabin is $459, Dothan to San Pedro Sula. Atlanta/to San Pedro Sula is $364. Note that these fares are exceptionally low and likely will not last as air activity increases. Refer to Delta’s Baggage Policy.
Option 2. Flight Origin from Other Airports
Team Members will purchase their plane fare. Team members flying out of airports other than Dothan should make their connection in Atlanta. Those team members should have their flight connect with Atlanta Delta 1920 outbound and San Pedro Sula Delta 1842 inbound. In the past we have had team members meet with the team from airports in Florida, the Carolinas, Newark, Philadelphia.
Travel on other airlines such as American, United, and others is okay. Usually these carriers have inbound and outbound flights in San Pedro relatively close to the Delta Flight. Team members flying out of airports west of the Mississippi River may find other flights and carriers work better.
Delta Airlines, Honduras and the United States have restrictions due to COVID-19 that must be followed.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Honduras. Rapid antigen tests are required to have a minimum of 85% specificity and 98% sensitivity.
We plan to participate in evening worship services at the Templo Monte Sinai Sunday through Tuesday evenings. We will work and fellowship with Pastor Alexander Reyes and church members during our visit to Honduras. HHIM has a long-standing relationship with this church and we have many friends there.
Church services while in La Esperanza are still to be announced.
Fuente de Agua Viva is a children’s Bible school located in the community of Regalo de Dios just a short distance from the compound in El Plan. We will visit the Bible school one afternoon (Sunday) to deliver Bible Study materials and gifts to the kids and Leader Manuals for the teachers.
HHIM and FBCE will supply materials and equipment used on the trip and a portion of this is covered in your team fee. However, like on any mission trip donations are much appreciated and helpful. Often others inquire of team members as to how they can help.
HHIM/ FBCE asks that should team members feel led it would be most appreciated if they encourage their Church, Men’s Brotherhood, WMUs, and other organizations or people to help with certain team expenses. These things include:
Bibles. (We buy in Honduras from the mission.)
1. $60 buys approximately 24 Bibles. We will need approximately 600 Bibles. ($1,500)
We want to give full Bibles (Old and New Testament).
Gospel Literature. (We buy Honduras from the mission.)
2. Gospel tracts given to adults. Need 500. Cost is $6.50 per 50. ($65)
3. 75 LifeWay Children’s Bible Study activity books. (3 Leader Books) $300.
(These are given to the Fuente de Agua Viva School).
Food Commodities used in Door to Door Evangelism. (The mission in Honduras arranges for local purchase.)
4. Rice and Beans. 100 lb. bags. Approximately $80 per 100 pounds. We portion them in quart food storage bags and they are given away at each home we visit. We will visit 8 communities of village in El Plan and La Esperanza. Total of 400 pounds of each used in Door-to-Door Evangelism. ($640)
Children’s and Clinic Giveaways. (To be carried to Honduras)
5. To be determined for Children’s Church. Approximately 150 kids participated on our last visit.
6. Gift to each teen girl and boy attending the programs. 100 girls and 100 boys.
7. Cost of the Med Clinic. Typically, this involves purchase of meds at the Mission Compound Pharmacy and fees for Honduras Doctors and Dentists.
8. Needs for other items may arise or you may have something you feel would be of value to share with the Hondurans we work with. Please inquire.
HHIM-FBCE appreciates any support individuals, groups, and churches make to the mission trip effort.
Emergency Contact Number:
011-504-9763-1527 John Ward. (Dial the numbers as they appear. Do not add any additional 1s or 0s in front of the numbers).
A team manual is available on the HBDM website or we can forward you a copy. It includes good general information you should note. Some information may not be applicable for serving out of the El Plan and La Esperanza compounds. Some applies to serving while basing out of mountain villages.
Honduras Baptist Dental Mission website – www.medicaldental.org
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