Pueblo Viejo (Film Project)
We are serving in Pueblo Viejo Intibucá, which is a small community where most of the people are originally Lenca (a community that existed before colonization). This community is located between the mountains, and most of the inhabitants are engaged in agriculture growing potatoes, coffee, beans, etc.
In the mountains of Honduras, the vast majority of families are dedicated to agriculture, as the population is of Lenca descent. Because the Lencas are a shy people, they do not express their feelings and the only means they have to express themselves is through the excessive use of alcohol, which has produced many social problems such as teenage pregnancies, abuse, up to the point of teen suicide.
This is a project that we develop every week using this process:
- We started doing a movie program since they don’t have a nearby cinema. We just wanted them to have a distraction after their long work day in the fields with free popcorn and a drink. Through this, we tell them that they are not alone and that God loves them and if they need someone to talk to, we are here to listen to them. Praise God we were able to see the fruits of families looking for God through the attention we gave them and we were able to place them in a local church, where our local leader Olvin Mendez is the pastor.
- When we discovered that we had a group of 8 children who walked about 2 hours to get to the movie program from a community called “La Sierra”, we realized that God wanted us to go serve them. We realized that the area is a place where families come to occupy an empty lot with the hope that over time they can become the land owners; they have improvised houses and have organized themselves as a neighborhood council to be able to ask for the land. But while they carry out all these procedures, they do not have basic services such as: water, electricity, sewage, hospitals, a police station, internet, etc. The Lord led us to serve there, and we began the program meeting with these 8 children in a community soccer field, outdoors, and when it rained we would run to a neighbor’s house where he would let us finish our lesson.
Praise God the group has grown from 8 to 25 boys and girls! We had to divide them into 2 groups, boys and preteens. When the neighbors saw the work we were doing, they decided to lend us the communal house to meet.