You’d think traveling to Honduras twice a year since 2005 to work feeding stations, assist in medical missions, repair church and orphanage building or haul fresh water to a remote mountain village would scratch any kind of mission-trip itch you might have. But not for Brian Safarian and his wife Lisa, founders of Bibles for Honduras. Even supporting two Honduran boys so they could attend a Christian school did not satisfy their desire.
There Was Something Missing
Before he left for another trip in early 2007 Lisa said that she thought it was important that they do more. She wanted to help with Hondurans physical needs—but she thought it equally important to let the people know more about Jesus Christ. Brian agreed, but he wasn’t sure exactly what that looked like. God did.
In August 2007 Brian was in his Honduras hotel when he overheard some Americans talking about East St. Louis. Brian was born in East St. Louis, and his family even had a business there for many years. Brian introduced himself. They turned out to be missionaries from Florida with a very peculiar mission.
One of the missionaries, George Horton, explained that he had spent many years of his life bringing Spanish Bibles to the people of Honduras. He believed God wanted him to deliver 100,000 Bibles to the people in the nation. He would order the Bibles from Ohio, drive from Florida to pick them up and then drive to Honduras to give them out. He had made more than 200 trips and had given out over 80,000 Bibles.
Brian knew that meeting with George wasn’t a coincidence. And he knew what it meant, too: he and Lisa were to help bring Spanish Bibles to the people of Honduras. On their first trip they sent 2,500 Bibles. Since then they’ve shipped more than 25,000.
On October 2010, George achieved his goal of putting 100,000 Bibles into the hands of the people of Honduras. Because he was getting older, and the drive wasn’t as safe as it used to be, George retired. That’s when Brian and Lisa took over.
Shipping the Bibles
Shipping Bibles to Honduras isn’t cheap. Brian and Lisa were stumped on how to do it without breaking the bank. Then God showed up once again. While on another trip in Honduras Brian ran into an American in a coffee shop. This American introduced Brian to a Honduran pastor and his daughter. Brian told the woman that he was looking for ideas on how to ship Bibles to Honduras. She told Brian that she had friend in Miami who made weekly shipments of building materials to Honduras. She said he might be able to help, and gave Brian his contact information.
When Brian returned to the US he contacted the man and explained his mission. The man liked the idea and offered to ship the Bibles from Miami to Honduras at no cost—at any time—even paying the duty upon entry. From the port he would then ship them to San Pedro Sula where he stores them in his warehouse. The mission team can then pick them up any time. His only request was that the team pray for his businesses.
Brian and Lisa can’t really be sure how this ministry has changed the lives of those they serve, but Brian said, “We believe that it is our place to bring the Word of God and the message of salvation to all. Once the seed is planted, He will do the rest.”
It may be difficult to know how many lives have been changed, since the vast majority of Bibles are given to complete strangers, but Brian says, “The smiles on their faces and their words of thanks tell me that we have met a need and I know that God will work in their lives as a result.”