Solicitor: Pastor Melvin Martinez and the Church of the Open Arms, El Achiotal
Location: El Achiotal, Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Cortes, Honduras
Project justification: This initiative represents the final phase (Phase IV) of a multi-phase project to construct the Open Arms Church in El Achiotal. Pastor Melvin, his leaders, and the congregation are thrilled and thankful to have this beautiful “templo” nearly completed after several years of prayer and hard work. They recognize this building as a tremendous gift from God and blessing for the entire community. By the preaching of the Word of God, they look forward to seeing countless lives changed and families restored. Pastor Melvin and his leaders are deeply committed to the Great Commission and advancing the Kingdom of God in this location. In this final project, the electrical system will be installed, allowing them to have the light they need for worship services and other gatherings, as well as enhancing their worship experiences by having sound amplification. Installing the glass windows will allow the church to be fully secured, as well as protecting the interior from the elements.
Beneficiaries: approximately 80 members of the congregation and the community at-large
Local Church: skilled and volunteer labor (7% of required resources)
Association of the Open Arms Churches: a portion of the construction materials (9% of required resources)
Outside Collaborator: remaining construction materials and taxes (84% of required resources)
Total Amount Requested from Outside Donor: $3,174.42
Accountability Statement: The Heart to Honduras Honduran administrative office (CPH) works diligently to avoid paying the 15% Honduran sales tax on materials through a tedious exemption process. The current Honduran taxation system cannot guarantee this exemption prior to any purchase, and as a result this amount is included in the solicited amount listed with collaborative initiatives. If CPH does succeed in procuring an exemption or extra funds remain for any other reason following the execution of an initiative, surplus funds will be applied via internal policy to support future collaborative community initiatives, the administrative work of CPH, and the operational expenses of the Community Development Department.