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“The rain came down, the streams rose,

and the winds blew and beat against

the house; yet it did not fall, because it

has its foundation on the rock.”

Matthew 7:25 (NIV)


ESC: 1:100




Raquel (not her real name) was born to poor, uneducated parents in a home with no electricity or running

water. Her mother is severely mentally disabled and her father is neglectful and abusive. When Raquel was 12

she graduated from the 6th grade and was forced to discontinue her studies. In her family that is considered

a more than adequate education for a girl. At 18, she was raped by her father. In the midst of her devastation,

Raquel determined that he would never touch her again. In the pitch black of night she ran away from home, only

returning occasionally with a protective guard of friends to check up on her mother.

Today, Raquel is working towards high school graduation. She is a baptized Christian and active member of the

local church. She has graduated from Mission UpReach’s bible school, CRESCO, and works full-time to pay her

living expenses. Raquel’s story is one of many examples of people Mission UpReach has been able to help with the

support of your yearly donations.

This year Mission UpReach (MUR) is conducting a year-end giving campaign. You have received this

brochure because we know that you are a servant of our Lord Jesus and generous in your giving to

good causes. The money given in our year-end campaign will account for more than 50% of our program

costs. Without your contributions supporting MUR’s programs, the children and adults hearing the Good

News and learning to fight the oppressive yoke of spiritual poverty will “go away naked and destitute” as

James would say.

The Kingdom that Jesus established is founded on a solid foundation (Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 16:18). As His

subjects He expects us to build our lives on Him, the solid foundation. The sum total of our lives should be

invested in things that are eternal and lasting. This theology—our World View—requires that we live by

certain principles. At MUR, those foundational principles have been integrated into our methodology so that

every program and effort we invest time, money, and energy into is guided by God’s plans for the Kingdom.

This year the good news is that your financial help is putting us on a trajectory for a solid, sustainable

financial-foundation that will allow us to increase our effectiveness over the long term. By the end of

2021, 100% of your donations will go directly towards the programs benefiting children and adults,

rather than operation and maintenance costs. While this projection is viable and only three years away,

we still have to finish investing in the infrastructure at our Moses Project for this goal to become a reality.

This is an area where you can help. By making a one-time gift, making a three-year commitment to give a

certain sum, or making a monthly commitment to giving for the next three years, you can have a hand in

blessing the lives of people like Raquel.

To make this year’s giving campaign even more exciting, a small group of MUR’s supporters have offered

a $1 for $1 challenge fund. For every $1 you give, they will match it up to $500,000. That is the kind of

stewardship Matthew 25 talks about in the parable of the talents. Please help us maximize the giving in

this year’s campaign by making a generous pledge or donation.

We ask that you prayerfully consider our request to give and that you give big in order to create a rock solid

foundation that will multiply our efforts on behalf of Jesus’ Kingdom.


Phil Waldron


Mission UpReach, Inc.

Moses Project

David Diaz is 21 years

old and is a part of the

Moses Project. When

David was 7 years old his

mother died and a few

years later his father was

killed. David grew up

in an Aldeas Infantiles

SOS home (a Honduran

non-profit organization

working to maintain a

family environment for

kids who are apart from

their families) of which

he speaks fondly. When

David was 18 he had to leave the program and began to

search for what was next. He ended up interviewing for the

Moses project and was accepted.

About the project David says, “I have learned so much.

I did not know what it meant to work the

ground or use a machete. I didn’t know how

to work with bees, which is what I have done

since I have been here in the Project. I’ve

also learned the process of coffee and I’ve

learned about God … I had heard God’s word

but I didn’t pay it any mind. But here in the

Moses Project during a CREO seminar, a man

from Nicaragua studied God’s word with me

and I felt the need to be baptized. I am so

glad I was baptized, and it has been a year

and a half since I accepted Christ”. David

reflects on the pain he felt, and still feels,

from the loss of his parents but states, “Now

I trust in God and that he is guiding my life”.

After seeing David’s potential and spiritual leadership

he was asked to be a part of the DESEO kid’s camp. When

asked what his favorite experience has been in the different

MUR programs he says, “the best experience I have had was

when I went to kid’s camp as an assistant for 2 weeks. It

was my favorite experience because I never thought I would

work with kids, and I was actually scared to do it. During

those two weeks I had to do all kinds of things and it was

amazing. It was a great experience for the kids but also for

me, because I had never done anything like that. The camp


helped me feel more comfortable around kids and it gave me

more confidence. I am currently working with a school in

Carrizal doing math and Spanish tutoring.”

With the opportunities he has had, such as his time at

kid’s camp and the spiritual development he has received,

along with the practical agricultural skills he has gained

from the Moses Project, David is ready not only to be more

successful in his professional life, but he is now someone

who loves God, and enjoys giving back. David will certainly

be a better husband and father one day because of it. David

plans to continue his studies at the University level. Talking

about his future, David says, “I want to study and have a

plan that will help my future. I want to graduate from the

university, have a family, and always follow God”.

As the Moses Project grows and expands, so too do the

opportunities available for the young men studying on the

farm. The things they learn aren’t limited to agricultural

skills; their time at the Moses project is also marked by

countless opportunities for spiritual development.


MUR is not the church but rather a servant of the church

(God’s Kingdom on earth). As a faith-based non-profit we

seek to serve the needs of the church through workshops

and Biblical leadership training series ultimately focused

on catalyzing a church planting movement in this

generation. In addition to meeting spiritual needs we also

seek to offer the physical, mental, and emotional support

necessary for holistic living, which is often neglected due

to lack of resources, attention, or time.



The tilapia program is a critical piece in the plan

to help Mission UpReach become sustainable.

Raising and selling tilapia has been a learning

experience for the Moses Project and the design

and function of the tilapia production is almost

unrecognizable from a few years ago. We now

operate each portion of the operation in-house,

in order for it to be more cost effective. In our

hatchery, the brood fish produce fingerlings for

our raceways. After the eggs are harvested and

hatched the fingerlings remain in the hatchery

until they are big enough to move and then

eventually arrive at an individual raceway.

The In-Pond Raceway System we have


was invented by

the University

of Auburn. Each

raceway is an

enclosed system that helps the tilapia grow at a

quicker rate (due to the constant oxygenation of

the water and other factors). The operation has

a goal of producing 500,000 pounds of tilapia for

sale in 2020, which is made possible by the In-

Pond Raceway System.

Alejandra Martínez was recruited to

work with the tilapia program in 2018. She is a

graduate of Zamorano University with a degree

in agricultural engineering with a specialty

in aquaculture. Alejandra decided to accept

the position at the Moses Project because of

what the program stands for. She states, “my

favorite part of the Moses Project, and it’s

the reason I

accepted the

job offer, is

its mission

and vision of

helping people

to grow and be


Alejandra points

out the reality

we see every

day of people

fighting to

survive and to

provide for their

families. Alejandra says, “Lack of jobs is one of

the biggest issues in Honduras, and the Moses

Project is actively helping the area of Carrizal,

creating jobs and helping better the economic

life of families. However, the Moses Project

is creating jobs not only for the area of Santa

Rosa, but also for the surrounding departments

… As the Moses Project continues to grow it

will create more job opportunities from which

more families will benefit, and that to me is so


In talking about the tilapia program’s

impact on Mission UpReach, Alejandra states,

“ [the tilapia program] has economic, social

and environmental advantages. The new

technology reduces the amount of water

used, reduces the contamination, and it’s not

harsh on the animals. Another advantage of

the program

is its quick



recently left the

Moses Project

to continue

her studies

in the United

States, but she

comments on

the positive

impact her time

at the Moses

Project had on

her professional life. Alejandra represents a

local perspective that sees what an incredible

asset the Moses Project is. Through the

programs such as the tilapia production

we hope to see countless families blessed

with steady incomes. The more we are able

to invest in these programs and establish a

strong foundation in the Moses Project, the

more successful Mission UpReach will be at

transforming lives: physically, mentally and





Over the last 4-years we have been investing in

agriculture at our Moses Project. Our eyes are

pointed towards the future where income from the

sale of food-products produced at the Moses Project

will pay for the costs of the program.

As we have learned and gained experience, we

have realized that with a little more investment in

infrastructure our dreams of a sustainable future

will provide for more than just program costs; food

product sales will entirely pay rent, gasoline, car

maintenance, salaries, etc. In the near future, 100%

of your donations will go directly to helping children

and adults become the people that God wants them

to be rather than living and dying as poor, lost souls

that have no hope of Eternal life with the Father.




For 22 years

Michael Bridges

(Chief of Poultry


worked as a

process engineer

for Michelin Tire

Corp. and spent

substantial time

training engineers both in Poland and India. Michael arrived

in Honduras (along with his wife, Kris, and daughter,

Kaylee) in 2016 in a decision that he fully credits to God.

Matt Bridges, one of Michael’s sons, came to Honduras in

2014 as part of the AIM program. Through a visit by Kris

and Kaylee, they began feeling that God was calling them to

Honduras to work with Mission UpReach.

“There were several very real ‘blocking points’ why we

were not on the mission field

anywhere, but this question led

us to put this idea before God. If

He wanted us to come, we were

sure that our ‘insurmountable’

challenges would be removed.

That is exactly what happened.

We put before Him five things

that we did not know how to

overcome that we believed

needed to be resolved before

we could. In a matter of a few

months, they were no longer

issues – resolved”.

In his time with Mission

UpReach, Michael has enjoyed

the process of reaching people.

He says, “It is great to be able

to struggle alongside Jesus to bring change in the lives of

young and old alike and watch Him take my weakness and

my inabilities (like struggling with Spanish) and see Him

work powerfully. What a privilege!” Michael and his family

accomplished their goal of starting a church in Corquín,

and he continues that work of helping the church grow and

flourish, but now also works at the Moses Project with the

chicken operation. We asked Michael to talk a little bit about

what his perspective on the impact of the Moses Project.

Here is what he had to say: “The Moses Project is

a long-term way of trying to effect change in poor

communities and in all areas that it contacts. The Moses

Project allows boys, who would otherwise be forced to

drop out of school, the opportunity to continue their high

school education. Additionally, they are given spiritual

training as they are taught useful work and life skills.

These same young men are growing into people who




will be pillars in their communities. Many of them have

become Christians and will go back to their communities

to start some business, provide employment, leadership

and best of all, Christ to those towns”.

Mike goes on to say, “the Chicken Project is well

positioned to provide a very substantial source of regular

income to Mission UpReach. This should ensure that the

Moses Project is funded, can expand (if appropriate),

provide micro-loans to the boys as they work to launch

their businesses in their next life phase and it appears

that there should be the opportunity to have funds to help

grow other activities that are not income producing - Dulce

Refugio, ESPERO, church planting, DESEO, and the list goes

on. The business aspect of a chicken business will provide

a predictable level of income that gives the mission a

predictable and sustainable budget to enact other “dream”

projects with assurance that they will be sustained. As God

blesses the Chicken Project and other income producing

activities, He will be growing the other works that drive

church planting and changing communities both physically

The MUR headquarters is located in Santa Rosa de Copán,

Honduras. The decision to be based here was strategic.

Santa Rosa serves as the regional center of commerce and

transportation for the poorest region in Honduras, which

is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere

behind Haiti (barring the current financial crisis in


The poverty in Honduras is systemic. It is a pernicious

epidemic borne by those living in poverty (over 65% of

the nation’s population). When you are immersed into

life here, sharing with and learning from the Honduran

people, you see the harsh reality of how poverty and

corruption oppresses the masses into a generational cycle of

subsistence existence.

and spiritually.”

Mission UpReach is blessed to have Michael overseeing

the chicken operation. His vision of the future sustainability

and impact of the Moses Project mirrors our goals.



In 2018 Mission UpReach launched Subida

Coffee and began selling coffee online in

the United States. Cultivating and preparing

coffee is a complicated process that requires

attention to detail at every step. The year

leading up to the launch of Subida Coffee

and in 2018 we focused on ensuring we were

producing a quality product. However, there

is always room to improve. At the beginning

of this year Juan José Urquia came to work

with Mission UpReach as the chief of coffee

production. Juan brings with him 18 years of

experience in coffee which has helped raise

the level of coffee production in both quantity

and quality. Juan Jose dreams of being able

to start a Mission UpReach, coffee co-op to

be able to control every step of the process (from picking to


When asked what he thinks is special about the Moses

Project he replied that it’s the way it “helps young men with

limited financial resources. [The Moses project] provides

them with their basic needs and helps them in their

professional and Christian formation; developing them

into leaders who will help transform their communities and

spread the gospel”.

Juan Jose also sees the

positive impact the Moses Project

is having on the local economy.

He credits this to all the jobs that

have been created and to the

amount of goods purchased by the

Moses Project, which benefits local


In thinking about the future

of the Moses Project Juan Jose says,

“coffee has been one of the biggest

products of Honduras … with

proper preparation and marketing

we will be able to sell a lot of coffee

and provide funds that will support

the sustainability of the farm and

also provide resources for Mission


Juan Jose is an example of

what we strive to do at Mission

UpReach: find the best people for

the job. Being good stewards of

what God has given us means finding excellent people

whose vision and experience allow those programs to

thrive. Juan’s incredible knowledge of coffee and his

passion for perfecting the art of cultivating it makes him

a valuable asset for Mission UpReach. We are dreaming

right along with Juan, of one day having our own co-op

that helps smaller farmers in their coffee production. We

would even love to have a coffee shop here in Santa Rosa

that would not only provide income and employment, but

would also be a tool for evangelism. We hope that reaching

a place of sustainability will allow us to explore our new

dreams of how to support and nourish the community and

spread the gospel.


In Luke 4:14-30 Jesus announces, to his neighbors in

Nazareth, some of the things that would be visible in His


“18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the

captives and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

As disciples of Jesus, those same ideas and objectives

should be evident in our ministries.











Cindy de los Santos has had a passion for

helping others since she was a little girl. Her

mother began taking her, along with her brother

and sister, to church when she was 5 years

old. Through the church Cindy had access to

scholarships that allowed her to stay in school

until she graduated from High School in spite

of the family’s poverty. With a passion to

share Christ with others, Cindy continued her

studies first through a 2-year Bible School in

Guatemala, followed by a Saturday program at a

Bible Institute in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Cindy

also studied in a technical school and became

a nursing technician. During that time frame,

she met her now husband, Juan Carlos de los

Santos. After a four-year dating relationship,

they married and moved to Santa Rosa de Copán

where Juan Carlos began working on the church

planting team of Mission UpReach.

Cindy continued to feed her hunger for

learning by finishing an undergraduate degree in

education. At the same time that Cindy graduated

with her teaching degree, Mission UpReach

developed a plan to begin to meet the needs for

the underserved deaf population in the region.

Cindy’s passion to teach, serve, and minister was

the perfect combination of gifts and talents to fill

the first teacher’s position in the newly formed

ESPERO school for deaf adults.

Cindy is no stranger to suffering. She and

her husband lost their firstborn daughter at just

one week old. Because God is at the center of

their lives, their grief and sorrow served to make

them more effective and compassionate. Cindy’s

ability to empathize and show compassion is put

to work daily as she serves not only as a teacher

but also a counselor to the 16 deaf students

enrolled in the school. God has created in the

ESPERO setting a family environment that draws

the once neglected and ignored to a place of

safety and acceptance. Individuals who once had

no place to belong, have a place to blossom and

grow not only intellectually, but spiritually and


There are an estimated 34,000 adults

and children in our region who are deaf. The

government currently does not offer any

educational services to this population. We are

serving 16 of those 34,000 (.0004%), a mere drop

in the bucket. Our dream is to open a school

for deaf children, making it possible to meet

the educational and training needs of the deaf

population earlier in life. We dream of continuing

and expanding our outreach to the adult deaf

population. This dream is impossible without

funding. Our goal of sustainability can move us

towards that impossible dream.

There are more Cindy’s who have a passion

to teach, serve and minister. The country of

Honduras is full of men and women who have a

desire to work and serve in their own country for

the good of their fellow citizens. Providing those

men and women with the opportunity to serve

in such a noble way can happen as we bring the

dream to reach the deaf community to fruition.

Darlin Josué López Torres is 10 years old. He

lives in a very remote village by the name of Agua

Sucia (Dirty Water). Darlin lives with his father,

mother and little brother. His father works in

the field, harvesting corn and beans for land

owners as well as cuts grass and weeds with his

machete. He likely earns just under $7 per day.

Darlin attends school in a village by the name of

Crucitas, where DESEO visits each week. Darlin

walks to school each day, a journey that takes one

and a half hours, even for a young energetic boy.

That would be a total of 3 hours of walking, but

Darlin walks that route twice a day on the days

DESEO offers afternoon tutoring. After school,

around noon, he walks home to eat and then

walks right back to school for the 2 pm tutoring.

Darlin’s DESEO teacher and tutor, Hector,

says that Darlin is energetic, enthusiastic,

positive and has dreams for his future. Darlin

says he wants to be a builder when he’s grown

and that his inspiration for walking so many

hours is so that he can learn more and be with

his friends. When asked what his favorite subject

in school is, Darlin said, “DESEO!” DESEO is not

technically a subject in school, but many children

consider it their favorite hour of

the week. Darlin says that his

favorite pass times include doing

homework, playing with his little

brother, and playing hide-n-goseek.

Darlin inspires us with his

dedication to improving his life

at such a young age. When asked

what he would like to change about

his life, instead of responding

materialistically or wishing for a

different life circumstance, Darlin

says he wants to be more patient

and less angry.

Darlin’s story is just one of

countless stories that have resulted from the

DESEO team’s involvement in the schools.

The impact the DESEO team has had on a

new generation is

immeasurable. As they

interact with hundreds

of kids each week, they

are inspiring young

boys and girls to live a

different life; one that

is pleasing in the sight

of God. The impact and

reach of the DESEO

program is one of the

reasons we are striving

for sustainability. As the

Moses Project grows,

the opportunities and

resources our DESEO

team has to touch the

lives of others just like

Darlin will also increase.

MUR is an organization comprised of Christians committed

to bringing Good News to the poor, while freeing individuals

from the oppression that sin and poverty forces on them.

The principles we have determined are essential to building

a solid foundation are as follows: 1) Love people as He has

loved us, 2) seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, 3) teach and

equip the poor, 4) steward the resources that He places in our

hands as His assigned managers, and 5) build a sustainable

financial model that allows us to make long term, strategic

commitments to in-country stakeholders and those that

benefit from our ministries.



Give before December 31st. Giving

sooner rather than later is better

because every dollar given gets us

closer to the goal which inspires

even more people to give.

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