Did you know that all of the POI staff in Honduras are Honduran? We, as a ministry, truly believe that the best way to reach a culture, is from within that culture. “I believe there is no better person to reach Hondurans than Hondurans. A North American would take years to learn the language and possibly a lifetime to completely understand the culture. I believe in investing in indigenous people and giving them the tools to reach their own people. I can employ 10 Hondurans for what one Gringo [non-honduran] would cost, and they are 10 times more effective.” -David Hamilton, Founder and CEO, Point of Impact
Not only does this provide the locals with much needed jobs, but it also allows the ministry to reach the culture in a way a non-local never could. This week, we would like you to meet one local who is changing lives, one orphan at a time.
Meet Eydi, the girls orphanage mother.
I have never been married, but I have always wanted a daughter. This past year, God blessed me with eight. Before I came to work for POI, I lived in San Pedro Sula [a city about three hours from Tegucigalpa] working as a nanny. I loved keeping house and watching the kids.
Eydi is Mary’s [the boys orphanage mother’s] sister. When the need came up for a new girls home mom, Mary felt her sister would be perfect for the position. She began to persistently ask Eydi to consider moving to Tegucigalpa.
I left everything to come here— my house, my parents, my job, and my community— but I know without a doubt that I am here because of God.
Over the Christmas break, all the orphanage parents took a short vacation. Eydi traveled with Edgardo and Mary to her hometown, San Pedro Sula.
We were visiting a friend who is one of the strongest believers I know. She spends most of her time visiting the sick in the hospital, and caring for orphans. I decided to share with her some of my struggle in being the mother of eight former orphans
Eydi shared with her friend that she sometimes she doesn’t know what to do or say, and wonders if she really has what it takes to raise these girls. My friend reminded me that all I can do is fully rely on God in how to deal with each and every girl. I know that I am exactly where I am supposed to be, because I am watching the Lord work through me and through these girls— changing us slowly to become more like him,” Eydi said.
I’ll admit, I came in with a little bit of judgement the first time I met Eydi. These girls have been through so much and need a very special person— not just anyone could be their mother. Have you ever met someone who you literally felt their humbleness just being in a room with them? That is Eydi. She evades a sense of calmness and trust even in the midst of chaos and confusion. I remember walking into the orphanage late on a Thursday night after a long day of traveling. She welcomed me as if I was her daughter. Over a few short days I watched her serve these girls with grace, love and discipline. One night we all sat down to read the Bible together. It was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever experienced. I watched each of the girls pull out their worn pink and purple Bibles and began to go around the circle as they read in Proverbs. Eydi looked at each of the girls with such love in her eyes and began to ask the girls what the passages meant them– everyone participated. That night Eydi asked if I could talk. In broken Spanish we talked about the girls. She poured out her heart— the good and the bad, her prayers and her struggles. Right then, I realized that there couldn’t possibly be anyone more qualified to love these eight orphans.
I realized that God doesn’t just call the most qualified– those with the most certifications or degrees– He calls the broken, the humble, and the ones whose hearts long to serve him.
Hannah Johnson went on her first on her first mission trip to Honduras nearly six years ago. She now works for the ministry and is passionate about orphan care and the “least of these.” To read more, click here.