Juan (name changed) is an excellent example of how the gospel is spreading in Honduras
as Mission UpReach transforms families in our community. When we rst met Juan, his stepfather was in prison and had been living with, though not married to, Juan’s mother. She performed odd jobs trying to care for Juan and his two siblings. The thought of pursuing a spiritual life did not exist for them – they were simply trying to survive.
Juan was introduced to the DESEO program at his school when he was in the fourth grade. During the second year of the program, Juan was chosen along with 40 other students to participate in the rst ever Mission UpReach Upward basketball camp.
During an early session, Juan caught the attention of our sta when he angrily threw the basketball in the face of another player in revenge for an accidental infraction of that player. Phil Waldron stepped in and benched Juan as a result.
That simple act of discipline got Juan’s attention. Soon he grew closer and closer to our sta and to the work of Mission UpReach. Today, Juan attends church regularly and helps with Bible classes and our youth program. His stepfather was released from prison and married Juan’s mother. They were both baptized and their family is now seeking God together.