Update: April 2020
The Hands of Hope recovery center was closed due to the lockdown, and the families of the Foundation of Eternal Life Church (that runs HOH) were suffering greatly for lack of funds and food. This church is located in the community of La Lopez in Choloma, one of the poorest and most dangerous places in an already poor and dangerous country. Pastor Joel and his terrific team, working with our paid in-country admin, Darwin Sorto, distributed food to 50 families at the church and among families with members in recovery. Included in this effort was Danilo, a gentleman who was one of the first residents at the Hands of Hope recovery center who has been rehabilitated and since returned to the community. The church team and members are very appreciative of our help. In a short period of time, PLC and our Honduran partners have done great things for the glory of God! Here is a video of thanks from Hands of Hope. To donate to the Honduras food distribution efforts, please click here. Monies received will be utilized by Hands of Hope Honduras, Cultivate Honduras, and Coffee4Kids Honduras.
Eric Schreffler, a member of Peñasquitos Lutheran Church, is the founder of Hands of Hope. Hands of Hope is a residential drug and alcohol center operated by Pastor Joel Portillo that uses the Celebrate Recovery 12-step program. The goal is to rehabilitate men through a new relationship with Christ. It all began when Eric traveled to Honduras with Shawn Plowman in 2007 and testified about his recovery. He then began working with Pastor Joel to purchase land, improve an existing building and train staff on how to use the Celebrate Recovery curriculum. Many men have successfully been rehabilitated at the center and have been reunited with their families and since found productive jobs.
Since its inception, Hands of Hope has formed a non-profit legal entity to accept donations. Hands of Hope is now generating its own income through farming, raising chickens, and selling eggs. Hands of Hope has hosted missionaries and in July of 2018, a team of missionaries from PLC (including youth), led a Vacation Bible School in the community and helped to build the chicken coop. Hands of Hope provides a good example of the power of Christ’s forgiveness to others struggling with substance abuse. This project has also prompted Eric to start Celebrate Recovery at PLC which meets weekly on Sunday evenings.