Partners Worldwide is actively working with women seeking to grow their own businesses and establish credit unions to generate a culture of saving before they receive loans. In the impoverished neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa near Tegucigalpa there are community development programs in the area of education, healthcare, youth development and microcredit. They provide mentoring, encouragement and prayer support as they work in the poverty stricken area.
Stewardship of Christian Ministries (Ministerios Cristianos de Mayordomia) promotes income generation, savings, and business growth among over 1,000 entrepreneurs in Nueva Suyapa, a marginalized neighborhood outside of Tegucigalpa. For over 15 years, MCM has facilitated community development programs in education, healthcare, counseling for domestic violence victims, as well as mentoring and training for micro entrepreneurs. Since 2005, North American businesspeople of Partners Worldwide have helped grow the SME loan fund at MCM and have mentored many SMEs that excelled in the micro-credit program and have the capacity to expand beyond traditional micro-credit and create more jobs.
In September 2009, the Boards of the Baptist Medical & Dental Mission International (BMDMI) and World Baptist Mission (WBM) voted to merge the ministries of WBM into those of BMDMI. Through this merger, BMDMI has been blessed with a hospital and associated ministries located in Guaimaca, Honduras.
Short term surgery, medical, dental, pharmacy, evangelistic, children’s teams, and many more make trips to Guaimaca to minister to the poor and needy at the hospital and in the surrounding mountains.
Along with an outpatient clinic which treats patients and emergencies 24/7, more than 150 babies were born at Hospital Bautista in 2008. Life changing surgeries that are considered routine in the US such as general urological and gynecological surgeries, common intra-abdominal surgeries, skin surgeries, orthopedics, and more, are performed at the hospital by short term medical volunteers.
Associated ministries of the hospital in Guaimaca include a thriving church that serves as the hub to many outlying mountain village churches, a feeding program that provides food and basic health classes to extremely needy families, a water ministry that provides safe water from the hospital to 66 surrounding houses in the community as well as to many people who stand in line each day at the hospital to fill up containers for use in their homes, and mountain medicals, in which teams travel to the mountains to minister to people who live in remote locations.
We are so excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the continued development of the hospital and other ministries in Guaimaca!