Honduras (MNN) — Negotiations to end the political standoff in Honduras collapsed Sunday, causing further concern for Christian organizations working in the country. The de facto government that ousted President Manuel Zelaya rejected a mediator's proposal for him to return, with limits on his power.
A delegation representing the de facto government led by Roberto Micheletti says the seven-point plan isn't acceptable.
Orphan Outreach is partnering with ministry programs in Tegucigalpa, the slums of Nueva Suyapa, and the city dump in Tegucigalpa. Tiffany Taylor with Orphan Outreach says, "We're really disappointed to hear that the talks have broken down again; we just know that this is going to continue to affect our ministry and countless other ministries that are working in Honduras."
Taylor says because the situation is still unstable and unsafe, Orphan Outreach has been forced to make some difficult decisions. "We have had to go ahead and make decisions now for our August teams. The trips are being postponed, changed to another country, or canceled altogether. It's hugely disappointing to us and hugely disappointing to those teams."
More importantly, the canceled trips are affecting the physical and spiritual future of the people of Honduras, says Taylor. "We had a mission team that was planning on being in Honduras right now, doing outreach every night. Instead, they are doing it in Guatemala. And for now, the people in Honduras will not be hearing the Gospel."
Taylor is asking people to pray. "All of our staff members in Honduras need your prayers, as they live their lives daily there in Honduras amidst this unrest. Financially this is going to take a toll because when those teams come, they bring money to help the projects that Orphan Outreach is working on."
While teams aren't going into Honduras, the ministry of Orphan Outreach continues, and your financial support is needed to help supplement the funding the teams would have brought into the country.