Monday, June 29, 2009

Honduras team to continue ministry

The CTI office has been monitoring the political situation in Honduras closely since last Thursday when it became evident that something significant would happen within the government there by Sunday. We spoke with the team leader several times on Thursday in advance of their departure to neighboring El Salvador (a ministry trip that had been planned since before the current events surfaced) and have been in touch with them throughout the weekend as well.

Team Leader Laura Schuh has informed us: "so far there's been no violence, and we are completely safe. We have been nowhere near the capitol city where all the protests are, and we're not going to be anywhere near it when we go back." We have also been in touch with our ministry partners in Honduras who are confident that there is no danger to our team, but are exercising additional measures of caution to ensure their safety.

Today (Monday) the intention is for the team to return to Honduras and continue their ministry as planned at a YFC camp in the Western state of Copan. The team has been registered with the US Embassy in Honduras, who is aware of their presence and their itinerary and is able to contact them should the need arise.

As of this writing, the U.S. State Department has not issued any travel watches or warnings for Honduras. The US Embassy in the Honduran capitol of Tegucigalpa did release a public announcement advising US citizens residing in Honduras to avoid unneccesary travel for the day. The notice also asserts that "Honduras’ borders remain open, and the airports remain open for regularly scheduled flights."

As of right now, we intend to continue our ministry in Honduras as planned while remaining informed of the situation there through multiple sources. You can read the team's personal updates on our website at