- Below poverty line 29.6% 29.6%
- Roman Catholic 46% 46%
- Protestant 41% 41%
- Atheist 1% 1%
- Other 2% 2%
- None 9% 9%
EFM started working in Honduras in the 1960’s. The work at present consists of about 60 churches, a well-organized institute, a headquarters in San Luis. We currently have a medical clinic, two radio stations, and a large property where we have developing projects that will help to support the ministry, including egg production, purified water, and a coffee plantation.
EFM goals in Honduras include developing leaders with a vision to reach other Central and South American countries and making the ministry in Honduras more self sustaining.
Daniel & Tiffany Melton
Daniel and Tiffany Melton have served as missionaries with EFM since April 2003. They lived and served on the field in Honduras for 13 years. They currently live in South Carolina. Daniel oversees the ministry in Honduras through extended trips several times a year. He has become a frequent “troubleshooter,” traveling to other Spanish-speaking fields to solve problems and to develop opportunities. EFM is honored to have them as an integral part of our ministry team.
Once part of Spain’s vast empire in the New World, Honduras became an independent nation in 1821. After two and a half decades of mostly military rule, a freely elected civilian government came to power in 1982. During the 1980’s, Honduras proved a haven for anti-Sandinista contras fighting the Marxist Nicaraguan Government and an ally to Salvadoran Government forces fighting leftist guerrillas. The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage. Since then, the economy has slowly rebounded.
Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the one of the world’s highest murder rates. More than half of the population lives in poverty. Poverty rates are higher among rural and indigenous people and in the south, west, and along the eastern border than in the north and central areas where most of Honduras’ industries and infrastructure are concentrated. The increased productivity needed to break Honduras’ persistent high poverty rate depends, in part, on further improvements in educational attainment. Although primary-school enrollment is near 100%, educational quality is poor, the drop-out rate and grade repetition remain high, and teacher and school accountability is low.
– Information provided by CIA World Factbook