Honduras Trip

Julie has once again volunteered to serve on a team for Engineering Ministries International (EMI), a non-profit Christian ministry that designs facilities that serve the poor in developing countries. She is donating her time and professional engineering services and is requesting support through prayers and financial donations for the trip. Details on the trip may be found below.

Project Name: Ignite Mission House
Ministry ServedIgnite Missions
Project Location: Honduras
Project Number: 5645
Trip Date:
 June 6-14, 2015

Project Scope (from the EMI website):

Ignite Missions in Honduras focuses on planting churches, discipling new believers, and meeting physical needs through team ministries. Ignite Missions' vision is to use whatever means possible to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Ignite Missions is looking to expand its facilities so that they can have more people join them in impactful ministry opportunities.

Ignite was founded by Sam and Peggy Feazel in 2008. Feeling a direct call to Missions, and after seeking His will, God revealed His plan for their lives. The Ignite vision is to plant churches in remote villages and disciple new believers. This is all made possible through the support of short-term mission teams and their amazing "Follow up Ministry Staff". The ministry is now thriving and growing beyond expectations!

Ignite Missions has hundreds of North Americans that travel to Honduras on short-term mission teams serving in remote villages each year. Their ultimate goal is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and see lives transformed for God. 

The EMI team's focus will be to develop a master plan for a mission house on twenty acres that will serve as the main housing location for future teams as they minister. The EMI team will also work on the specific design of the mission house as well as the supporting infrastructure. 

Additional Information: 

Ignite purchased 20 acres of land in the mountains outside of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. About 5 of the acres is cleared and flat and will be the site of the new mission house. The new one-story mission house will accommodate 45-60 guests and include sleeping quarters, bathrooms, a kitchen, and gathering space.    

Our team of ten includes professionals, interns, and a project manager who works for EMI full time. I will provide Civil Engineering services (drinking water and wastewater treatment design as well as site grading) while the other professionals will contribute in Master Planning, Survey, Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architecture, and Graphic Design. 

While on site, the team will meet with the local ministry to determine their needs, gather any site-specific information needed including survey, complete as much of the design as possible, and present the preliminary design to the ministry. We will open and close the trip with team meetings centered in Christ and will have daily devotions. We will complete the design within six months of the trip and since EMI requires that receiving ministries have funding in place for construction, we know that our design will be built to serve the poor and proclaim the Good News of Christ.

About Honduras: 

Honduras is in Central America south of Guatemala, east of El Salvador, and north of Nicaragua. It borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. My destination,Tatumbla, is very close to the capital, Tegucigalpa. Tegucigalpa is 3,250 feet above sea level and the metro area has a population of 1,324,000. Honduras is in the Central America time zone.