In 1997 Jim Phillips, Director of Love Truth Care Ministries, facilitated his first mission team to Honduras. Having worked with the homeless and poor in Central Arkansas since 1989, he left the corporate world in 1992 to serve in the inner city of Little Rock.
He thought he knew what hardship was until that first trip to Honduras, when he came face to face with stark third-world poverty. God so touched his heart as he witnessed the desperate situation of the people of Honduras, that all he could pray was, “Lord, send laborers”. Now, fifteen years and over 100 teams later, LTCare is doing just that: bringing laborers to be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus, empowering the Honduran people and giving them hope.
On Jim’s second trip in 1998 God placed the team in a mountain area 45 minutes from the capital city of Tegucigalpa, working with World Gospel Outreach. Over the next five years the teams helped build the Rancho Ebenezer campus that serves abandoned and abused children. Each year the team would leave saying, “There’s something about this mountain.”
In 2003 the leadership of LTCare began sensing God’s call to expand their service and ministry into the sixteen villages in that rural area. We moved a few miles down “the mountain” to help Ministries of Divine Mercy establish a ministry center that would empower the community through education and health programs.
In 2004, LTCare was privileged to help found Operation New Life to teach and equip the doctors and residents at Hospital Escuela to better serve their people. Each year LTCare facilitates six to eight medical and surgical teams for ONL.
In 2008 medical student teams were added, as was Project Latin America to help Central American pastors and church leaders win men for Christ and empower them to become godly men in their homes, churches and communities.
As LTCare moves into 2014, celebrating 25+ years of ministry, they will continue to seek partners in kingdom work to impact “the mountain” with the love of Christ. They will facilitate teams to serve the mountain, the hospital and the men of Latin America.
If you or your church are interested in serving the poor and needy in Honduras, the third poorest country in the western hemisphere, please contact us for more information.