Latin America

Love for Honduras

Transforming lives among the drug cultures of Honduras

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About This Cause

Gustavo Netto Souza was born the last of six children in a nominally Catholic family of Brazil. His mother was a professor and his father a fisherman who struggled with alcoholism. At the age of seven, he already heard God calling him to be a pastor, even before he had made a confession of faith in Christ! At the age of 11 he accepted Christ, and by age 18 he had already pursued ministry in the church where he was converted. This church was involved with Youth with a Mission (YWAM), and Gustavo joined their ministry without knowing it was a missionary-training program. His only goal was to grow and mature in Christ. The focus of this Brazilian YWAM was sending missionaries to Africa. However, Gustavo wanted to hear directly from God where God wanted him to go. During an all-night prayer meeting, he asked God, “What nation you will send me to?” Later when he slept, he dreamed the Lord was saying, “Honduras, Honduras, Honduras, Honduras!” Gustavo awoke with a burning passion for Honduras and its people! The next year Jesus sent him Rose, his lifelong partner in ministry. For 14 years, he and Rose pastored churches and worked secular jobs while they waited for God to send them to Honduras.

Gustavo and Rose finally began Love for Honduras in 2011. God had spoken to them that they were to go to a place called the Mount of Olives, which was nothing but a squatters’ village left over from Hurricane Mitch. The people were desperately poor, the area overrun by drug gangs, and violence was rampant. Honduras has the highest murder rate of any non-war country. Gustavo and Rose distributed food, clothes, and medical aid. A large field occupied the center of the village, so Gustavo and Rose bought a soccer ball and some cones with the only money they had. Seventy youth and children showed up. Love for Honduras was born out of soccer. As a result, hundreds are pulled out of the local gang culture and find Jesus. A former non-Christian boss in Brazil donated funds to buy land for a church building that now has 120 members. A bilingual school continues to grow as the building enlarges, and the ministry has plans for a music school at the church to train young girls in ballet and contemporary dance. Drug trafficking destroys entire families in the neighborhood, so Gustavo is helping youth and families start microbusinesses like bakeries and sewing businesses. A lingerie factory they started has changed the lives of 10 families. God is using one couple to transform an area of dread into one of peace and joy.

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