Honduras Debriefing: The Baxter Institute
By: Christopher Wiles
Filtered Water, gated dormitories, mango trees, and a ping-pong table; what’s not to like for the American missionary? This year we spent 4 nights in Guajire and 5 nights in a new and different location in an effort to stay closer to the many places that we are involved in ministry. Baxter Institute is situated in the middle of Tegucigalpa, 1 mile from the airport, 2 miles from the school for the blind, and only a 45 minute drive from the remote mountain region of Guajire.
What impressed us more than the amenities and security of our new mission home, was the amount of ministries they participate in to honor God. As well as providing full service hosting for foreign mission teams like us, the Baxter Institute offers the following: an onsite clinic that sees over 10,000 patients a year; a four year degree program training missionaries, preachers, teachers, and leaders for the church of Christ in the Spanish speaking world; daily chapel offering God’s Word to anyone on the 13 acre campus; and housing for students and married couples.
We felt very safe and secure at the Baxter Institute yet at the same time we experienced the freedom to extend our arms into other areas of ministry and service in Honduras. The President of Baxter Institute, Dr. Steve Teel, was very personable, helpful, capable, and had a genuine care for the people of Honduras, the mission teams, and the students at Baxter Institute. Yet one of the best thoughts I have concerning Baxter, was that a person could feel connected there. As you meet other mission teams, nurses, security guards, office administration, teachers, kids, or students at Baxter, you begin to understand that you are a part of something bigger. You're a part of God's redemptive work in this world. You're a part of His mission.
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“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20