Haggai Institute Alumnus Impacts life in Honduras
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Haggai Institute Alumnus Impacts life in Honduras

Tegucigalpa : Honduras | Jun 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM PDT
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Orlando Valladares is an alumnus of the Singapore based Haggai Institute (H.I) and the Lord is using him to do tremendous work in Honduras as he impacts life for the Lord in that nation.

Daniel Montenegro who reported this said that Alumnus Orlando Valladares has set out to bring hope to a discouraged nation adding that Valladares founded a group called the Christian Leadership Community, including some fellow alumni in order to deliver series of conferences that’ll give hope, encouragement and practical guidance in better living.

“Group members regularly contribute to the newspapers and have developed H.I.-based teaching materials for churches and Christian organizations in the marketplace,” he added.

Montenegro observed that their target audience is mainly local schools, youth groups, and leadership in private and public sectors stressing that Valladares makes a point of maintaining communication with his local church and with the National Association of Evangelical Churches. “He believes that the church must work as one body to impact the marketplace.”

He continued: “By promoting market-based solutions for job creation and income generation in Central America, Orlando gets valuable opportunities to rub shoulders with government and business leaders, and to press his belief in Biblical answers to his nation's problems.”

He stated that none of the things that Valladares do in Hunduras, would have been possible without the empowerment he received from attending H.I. training.

Montenegro noted that the ongoing drought in Honduras, now in its ninth month, is the worst to hit the country in a quarter century stressing that the region is scarred and exhausted by poverty, made worse by financial and political corruption.

As it concerns the church life in Honduras, it needs to be noted that most Hondurans are Roman Catholic, but Protestant churches are growing in number. The International Religious Freedom Report, 2008, reported that 47% of the population identified themselves as Catholic, 36% as evangelical Protestant, and 17% provided no answer.

Customary Catholic Church tallies and membership estimates 81% Catholic where the priest (in more than 185 parishes throughout the country) is required to fill out a pastoral account of the parish each year.

The Catholic Church, still the only "church" that is recognized, is also thriving in the number of schools, hospitals, and pastoral institutions (including its own medical school) that it operates.

About 90% of the population is Mestizo. There also are small minorities of European, African, Asian, Arab, and indigenous Indian descent. While Spanish is the predominant language, some English is spoken along the northern coast and is prevalent on the Caribbean Bay Islands.

Honduras gained independence from Spain in 1821. The country was then briefly annexed to the Mexican Empire. In 1823, Honduras joined the newly formed United Provinces of Central America federation, which collapsed in 1838.

For more information on Haggai Institute, log on to their website: http://www.haggai-institute.com

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