Who We Are

Honduras Orphanage Mission

Our Mission

The mission of Team Up For Honduras is to be real people to those in need in Honduras including the children and staff at the Santa Rosa de Copan Hogar de Ninas, the girls who leave the orphanage, and others as opportunities arise, by exemplifying Christ’s love through our prayers, interactions, support, and actions, and by listening to their voices and hearts, as well as God’s direction regarding our role in their lives and culture.

Matthew 25:37-40

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 ”The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

John & Laurel Leedy's Testimony

We were both blessed to be raised in Christian homes in rural areas of Ohio.  We met at Living Water Church and were married in 1998.  Our lives are busy with 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

In 2008 we went on a church outreach with Scott & Trish Zacharias to Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras to paint an all girl orphanage and were struck by the love and smiles of the girls. We had no idea how God would use that short week to change our lives and hearts for these precious girls.  We met Joe Self, a young man from Missouri, who has made his life mission to help the girls in the Hogar de Ninas and continues to guide them after they graduate from high school to learn to live “outside the walls”.  In 2011 after much prayer, we joined Joe Self, and Keith & Flo Ramer to form Team Up For Honduras to serve the graduated girls.  We spend two to three months each year in Santa Rosa so we can encourage and continue to strengthen our relationships there. We seek God’s guidance and direction to show His love for the people of Santa Rosa. 

Keith & Flo Ramer's Testimony

We were both raised in Christian families and shared an interest in missions when we met.   Early in our marriage we spent a year in Europe with YWAM the first four months, then assisted a missionary in Sicily the remainder of the year.  This year strengthened our heart for missions as it stretched and broadened our views on the world and Christianity.  

During the years as we raised our four children, we continued to be involved with different missions in various countries.  Throughout life we faced many bumps along the way.  In 2003, we faced the biggest challenge of our lives when our youngest daughter, 16 at the time, was killed in an auto accident.  Working through the grieving process and adjustments was a “testing of our faith” in a huge way.  Her life demonstrated a strong faith, love for others and a passion to reach teens for Christ at home and abroad.

In the fall of 2010 we had the opportunity to visit Hogar de Ninas in Santa Rosa, Honduras.  We were only there a few days when we realized our hearts were connecting with the girls.  We also met Joe Self and learned of the ministry he was doing for the girls after they graduate.   God continues to work in our hearts each time we return and reawakens in us the needs of others around the world.  We have “teamed up” with Joe Self and John and Laurel Leedy as Team Up For Honduras to help these girls transition into Honduran society after they graduate.  It also gives us some satisfaction and healing to know we are “carrying on” the desire of our daughter for missions, reaching out to and helping teens and young adults.

Joe Self's Testimony

I was raised in a fairly conservative Christian home, with parents who to this day, have always demonstrated what it is to be Christians and to live their faith and Christian values.  I grew up never missing church, and living the Christian values instilled in us as kids by our parents.  It was while in college, I had a re-encounter with Christ that changed my life in so many ways and made my relationship much more personal with Christ and that He needed to be the center of my life, my rock.  The church’s campus minister, who had been a missionary in Chile, challenged me and nurtured my  faith  and desire to serve others.  It was through this conversation that my life goals began changing and after college, I decided that I wanted to go for a time and work with the poor, before starting a career.  After working in Honduras for 3 years, I returned to the States.  My goals quickly became to work to pay off student loans and save money in order to return to Honduras.   I feel that it is God who has put this desire in me to be kind of a surrogate father to the girls of the orphanage, something that has been very fulfilling for me.  A few years back, my father had an accident with a tractor and I went back to help them while he recovered.  While there, my parents asked me to stay, to be closer to them and the rest of the family.  I thought I would try to stay, but I felt empty and sad, and I couldn’t seem to move past it.  I decided through a lot of time in prayer and counsel, that God wanted me back at the orphanage.  I remember the peace that came over me once I made the commitment to return.  This is my life, and this is where I believe God wants me.