A conference, a waterfall, and a café.

Buenas Noches from Honduras.

Its been a long day for the business team. We apologize for the limited posts recently. We’ve been hard at work. On Monday and Tuesday we traveled around the city of Tegucigalpa meeting entrepreneurs and hearing their stories. From the information we gathered from them and some intense night planning sessions we were able to host a business conference for 21 entrepreneurs over the past two days.

Before the conference we were filled with fear and doubt. We were very unsure of our ability to pull such a substantial project off. However, now that we are at the other side, I can confidentially say that the conference was AMAZING! To God be the glory.We were able to provide the entrepreneurs with practical advice on topics they can use in their businesses such as interest rates on loans, branding, and quality control. The entrepreneurs were so grateful for the help and were motivated to go back and do great business. Both us and the entrepreneurs were mutually encouraged. More than anything, we were about to talk about how to do godly business with these entrepreneurs. We were able to share our hearts and motivation with them.

After waving goodbye to the entrepreneurs, we went into a city called the Vally of Angels. We went there for a short amount of time a few days ago, but today we got to explore the area for quite a while. We spend some hours hanging out in a local coffee shop and talking.

We finished off the day by heading back to our home base, Mision Caribe, having dinner and then sharing some testimonies.

It was a wonderful day for all of us. We thank you again for your love and prayers. We are looking forward to sharing our many stories with you all.

 

Cheers!

 

P.S. For a special treat, this morning, the second day of our conference, we all got up at 6am to take a hike to a waterfall. Some of us only made it half way. The hills were killer. But the pictures were beautiful.

Spirit of the Entrepreneur

Hello friends,

First off thank you for your prayers. They have been answered in more ways than you know. We are blessed by those who support us financially and prayerfully. Our team as a whole is doing really well, The joy that is cultivated by this group of people is such a blessing. Their love for the Lord, each other, and for business is an encouragement to me everyday.

Anyways, our last two days were crazy busy. We met with a variety of entrepreneurs from hairdressers and convenient store owners, to hardware store owners and physicians. While each business had its own unique identity and set of problems, we began to recognize a trend among the businesses. First off the businesses are usually not in a “business store” but rather in what looks like a home. It is because of the heavy gang activity that is present in Tegucigalpa. Most entrepreneurs have a fear of growing to large, or in a specific way because it will attract the attention of the gangs. Most choose to have their businesses in homes as a disguise so they’ll blend in. Additionally, the gangs cause trouble for the hiring process for most of our entrepreneurs. None of the entrepreneurs trust to hire outside their own families because of the fear that they may be either a gang member or desperate enough to embezzle money. Our team was saddened and frustrated at some of the personal stories of extortion and other injustices done to these entrepreneurs. We have grown up in a culture where the fear of growing was never an issue.

Today, we worked hard on our presentations in preparation for tomorrow. We will have 30 entrepreneurs come in and listen to us present about Operations, Marketing, and Cost-Accounting. These three different groups assess what we believe to be the Honduran needs. Additionally, we will be incorporating the importance of the gospel that is shown through these business principles.  Helping these entrepreneurs understand that head knowledge is useful, but without the gospel behind it, lacks any kind of substance worth having. We have a big day ahead of us, and we have been working all day on these presentations. Pray for us these next two days as we will be sharing business principles with entrepreneurs.

Please Additionally Pray For:

-Our entrepreneurs that are affected by extortion and corruption

-That the conference meets the needs of those who attend

-We are able to communicate the Gospel and whole person values through business

-Safety for our team as we navigate Tegucigalpa

-We would continue to grow as a team

God Bless,

William Hussey and Team Honduras

Meeting with Elizabeth(green shirt), one of the entrepreneurs that works with partners worldwide.

Meeting with Elizabeth(green shirt), one of the entrepreneurs that works with partners worldwide.

Feliz Cumpleaños (update from yesterday)

Love, was the common thread that ran through our day and was so evident. Our team gets along so well and we laugh so much that it feels like we have been together for a lot longer than 2 days.

Crepes.

We woke up to the smell of delicious crepes filled with ham and cheese, some even with fresh strawberries and bananas.  As we finished our breakfast we transitioned into a time of devotions as a team and then headed out to church.

Agape.

The sermon today was all about Love, and the different types of love such as agape. The pastor talked a lot about men and women and their roles in relationships. We have to learn to ask for forgiveness and forgive one another so that we can then love each other better. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 We were all reminded today of the never failing, unconditional love we have received from the Father. We were shown so much love from the people in church as they prayed for our families back home and the work that our team is going to be doing this week.

Feliz Cumpleaños

Rosie’s birthday was today and we all had an absolute blast celebrating her throughout the day. It all began at breakfast when we sang to her. Then when we arrived at the park we were visiting we surprised her with a cake and sang to her again. Hector proceeded to convince her that it was a tradition to take a bite of a giant piece of cake, we all agreed and said he was right. We all knew that Hector was really just going to shove the cake in her face. GOT HER. It was so much fun showering her with love on the day she was born.

Elizabeth

This was the best part of our day. We got to hear first hand from one of the entrepreneurs that is a great example to others here in Tegucigalpa. Elizabeth has a passion that is so evident. Her faith is so inspiring. One of the stories she shared with us was about how she wanted to buy piece of land and would visit the land every single day to pray over it asking for God’s provision and guidance on whether or not she would be able to buy the land. She now owns the land and was even able to negotiate with the owner to buy it at a cheaper price. Elizabeth is a primary example of what we can pull from as we begin to meet with the small businesses tomorrow and Tuesday.

Please pray as we begin meeting with the entrepreneurs and hear their stories. Our team will all be assessing their needs and then will create workshops, activities, and devotions to share with them at the conference we are holding on Wednesday and Thursday at a retreat center.

Thank you for all of your love and support! We are so thankful for this opportunity!

Love,

The Honduras Team

Touch Down… In Honduras!!!

Friends,

First, thank you for all your thoughts, well wishes, and prayers. We have safely arrived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras after many hours of travel. We have already seen God’s provision in getting us here with no sickness, injury, or lost luggage.
Our flights proceeded with no impediments and we were very happy to touch down in sunny and warm Honduras as compared to the 32 degrees we were facing in Upland, Indiana. Our team left the airport and headed back to our temporary base, Mision Caribe. After that we went out to lunch and then drove up into the mountains to do a little sight seeing and shopping. I am blown away by the beauty of this country. Even the air smells sweeter.
We ask for your continued prayers as we begin our business visits tomorrow that will continue throughout the rest of the week.
Cheers!
Team Honduras