WHAT WE DO
To establish the kingdom of God in Honduras. We believe Puerto Cortes is the key to save our country for Jesus. He has placed us here for such a time as this, to build and train agents of culture change in our center, MLV.
Our trade center offers five vital disciplines to Honduran men and women to train vocationally and become professionals in society. We use this avenue to share the gospel, build disciples, and demonstrate the power of the kingdom.
We are looking for community partners, who will stand in the gap with us and build into the spiritual kingdom of Honduras. Become a prayer partner, a volunteer, mission team leader and more...
Meet The Team
Barry Jones has served on many mission projects around the world and is passionate about impacting the world for Christ. Barry serves as the Missions President at his local church and on the District Missions Council for the Southern California District of the Church of the Nazarene. He runs his own biological consulting firm and is married to Donna and has two adult children, Alicia and Sarah. He enjoys fishing, hiking, spending time with family, and playing the banjo.
Joel has a passion for documentary storytelling that began with filming the documentary, Cocal Gracias. For 7 years he worked as a freelance cameraman and gaffer (lighting technician) in commercials, documentaries, live events and feature films. While Joel has enjoyed working in film and TV, the most rewarding work was found in documentary. Joel has been a member of the board for Cocal since its inception and desires to grow the visual storytelling that started this whole journey. Joel now works for a live events and media company in Chicago and continues to work on his own personal documentary projects.
He currently lives in Chicago with his wife Elda, and son, Ezra.
Brian and Rina Ruark
Brian is Co-Founder and Director of Cocal Gracias. At the age of 24 he received an invitation from God to go to Honduras. Without knowing Spanish, he said yes and moved. His heart was consecrated for the Lord, and He began to lead Brian into ministry. He and his wife, Rina, live in Puerto Cortes and run our vocational facility, Ministerio La Voz. Brian teaches Bible, English, and leads worship. Rina runs the cafeteria and supports the ministry with organization, and mission teams. They love to travel, do new things, read, and cook.
For the last 32 years Steve Bothwell ran a custom molded rubber seal and o-ring manufacturing company that was a major supplier to the automotive,water filtration, and food supply industries. His business was sold in 2016. Steve recently started four new social enterprises with the purpose of creating revenue that can financially support Christian institutions and universities. Steve is passionate about transformational character development through building a relationship with Christ. A life dedicated to Christ not only changes a person's value system and character, but also can have a major impact in changing the culture of institutions and corporations that control our political environment.
Brooke grew up in San Diego and married to her husband Tim in 2004. They have two crazy children, Charlotte and Weston. Tim is a firefighter and paramedic. Brooke currently attends Escondido First Church of the Nazarene where she serves on the worship team and the board. Brooke enjoys the outdoors, traveling, horseback riding, tea, reading, singing, and theatre. She invited the Lord into her heart at six and with the help of godly parent’s was kept from a lot of trouble. God has been faithful to her and it is her joy to serve him.
Amy Caffarella, mom of Brian, has had a passion for missions since her first work and witness trip to Honduras in 1999. Since then, she has served on short term missions in Honduras and Haiti. Her desire is to show the light and love of Jesus to the lost whether here or abroad. She serves on the Cocal Gracias Board as secretary.
She enjoys spending time with friends and family, singing, animals, gardening, and reading. She is married and has a blended family of 6 children and 12 grandchildren.
Wilfredo has been our computer genius extraordinaire for the last six years. He teaches all computer levels in MLV. He returned to Christ in MLV and serves as one of our bible teachers. He loves woodworking, helping others and of course, his computer.
Rosa has over 20 years experience in Sewing. She was proffessionally trained in an academy before she worked in a major factory as a supervisor of production. She has since retired and teaches our sewing class. She is not only a teacher, but also a graduate of our computer class. We are grateful to have her.
Percy is a master welder, trained in one of the best technical schools in Honduras. He currently works in a shipping yard repairing chasis and trailers. He has been our welding teacher for several years, training our young men for jobs in factories and shipyards. He enjoys his wife and son, the outdoors, mountains, and the hot water spring by his house.
Pastor Juan Garza
Pastor Juan Garza is our contact in Agua Caliente and in Las Flores. He has been a supporter and a friend to COcal Gracias since the beginning. He shares the same passion and drive to share Christ's love and shows it as he walks hours to share Jesus with one family. He has a wife and five childre. He loves the Lord and everything about ministy.
Monica is a single monther who raised her two children Jamil and Pamela and has them both studying in the university. She has been a bilingual teacher for the last ten years, teaching in several institutes in Puerto Cortes and now in MLV. She speaks perfect English and wants to help others do the same.
Olman is a neighbor to Ministerio La Voz and also a professional mechanic, trained in San Pedro Sula 15 years ago. He has a lot of experience as a mechanic and as a teacher. He is passionate about his career and his family. He and Jenny have three children. If he is not under a car, he is with them.