Ben and Nely Fortney serve as Missionaries to Honduras.
Ben spent 4 years serving in various capacities at a Children’s Home and Christian School. He met Nely in the school in 2015 and 2 years later, they married. They continued to minister and serve as Principal of the school (Nely) and Pastor of the Home and of Valley Church (Ben) until January 2019.
God has moved them to another ministry as missionaries with Legacy Mission International. Nely is gifted in the area of Educational Administration that she is currently using as Principal in a new school on the Island of Utila. Ben has a heart to teach others more about Jesus through personal discipleship and corporate preaching of God’s word.
Ken & Kirsten Nelson
Kenneth and Kirsten Nelson are from Alabama and have served in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and now Honduras. They have been married for 23 years and have 3 children- Connor- a freshman nursing student at University of South Alabama, Kayleigh- a junior in high school, and Cade- a 7th grader.
Kenneth has a passion for training and equipping leaders in the church. Kirsten is a nurse anesthetist with 29 years in the healthcare profession and desires to use medicine and education as a means to share Christ.
Together they seek to fulfill Luke 9:2 desiring to serve the Lord through discipleship, education, and medical missions as they call their ministry “Preach and Heal”
And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Juan Carlos & Keri PasTrana
Juan Carlos is a native of Honduras and is a graduate of the LDP Leadership Development Program from Compassion International. From this he was granted a scholarship to study at UNAH where he received a degree in Computer Science.
Keri, originally from the state of Michigan, attended Bob Jones University and then finished her graduate degree from Liberty University. She taught in Pennsylvania for one year and Florida for 3 before moving to Honduras. For the past 2 and a half years Keri lived at a children’s home. Her roles have included teaching in the bilingual school, organizing and coaching after-school sports, and mentoring the children of the home and the surrounding community. She has also been the children's director for the local church.
Keri and Juan Carlos will be teaching in a bilingual school on the Island of Utila. Both enjoy working in children and youth ministries and are looking forward to building relationships with the people of Honduras and being a part of discipleship.
René & Brooke Pizzati
Rene is originally from Honduras and his wife, Brooke, is a native of South Carolina. They met while studying together at North Greenville University. They have been serving in Honduras as full-time missionaries since 2005.
They feel called to share Jesus and make disciples and to "equip God's people to do the work and build up the church, the body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:12) .
They have sought to fulfill this calling through many different roles during their time of service through orphan care, serving in a children's home, foster parenting, adopting, church planting, training pastors, teaching, community development, and working in school settings.
They have three children born in three countries: Gabby (United States), Owen (Honduras), and Samuel (China).
To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ
Hayley is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2015. She has been serving on the mission field in Honduras since 2015.
The Lord has placed a calling on Hayley’s heart to love the people of Honduras and share the love of Christ through education. She teaches English at Jubilee Center’s International in Tegucigalpa. Hayley believes one of the best ways to empower the younger generation is through a high-quality education rooted in Jesus Christ.