Dr. Ivan began working with us just last month as our new executive director, but he is no stranger to POI. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the doctor and administrator in our neighborhood programs and orphanages.
You hear a lot about the work Point of Impact does in the neighborhoods of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. What you probably don’t know is that we have an incredible staff that holds each of these programs together, but rarely gets the recognition they deserve. This is the your inside look at the staff of POI.
Meet Dr. Ivan.
That memory was always in my mind, and it motivated me to study medicine and become a doctor to be able to serve in some way. When I was presented with the opportunity to join POI, I felt it was a flashback of my childhood, except this time it was my turn to serve.
Ivan first heard of POI when he was working as a doctor. He met a baby named Erick, whose mom was suffering from AIDS and who was being cared for by POI which led him to visit the POI foundation.
I had so many ideas for the ministry and saw so many places that I could be serving. A few months later, I was part of the team.
Ivan is a talented doctor, but is now working primarily in leadership and administration.
Working as a doctor, I was able to serve in a medical office, but in POI I have the opportunity to go beyond those walls because it takes me to neighborhoods, homes, and to work with people that are in desperate need of the most basic necessities.
However, ministry is never easy especially when you are working deep in communities that most of the world chooses to avoid. These neighborhoods we work in are sadly run by the gangs rather than law enforcement— meaning that we as a ministry must have their permission before making any large moves.
One of the hardest parts of working in the impoverished corners of my city is the violence. In 2011 we were starting the San Juan program and had to meet with the gang called, Bario 18. They gave us a date, time and specific place to meet. We got out of our car after about 20 minutes and walked into a house where a young gang leader sat with no legs and lots of tattoos. Within a matter of minutes, we found ourselves surrounded by gang members. Pastor Yeovany shared a Bible verse and served them food and they ended up letting us plant the POI program in their neighborhood. It’s in those moments that every thing we do in this ministry is only by the Lords provision.
Ivan Lainez lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras with his beautiful wife, Ana and son Diego who is in second grade. He says they are his biggest motivation to get out of bed each morning.
POI was and is since the day I returned a passion, so I would just ask for prayer for wisdom to be able to do my job to the very best of my ability.