"What has also struck me about [AJS] is their imagination: they imagine new ways of prodding and assisting the government to do what it should be doing, new ways of standing alongside victims," wrote philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff after one of his visits to Honduras to observe the work of AJS.
You can also read a previous reflection from Dr. Wolterstorff's first visit to AJS, in which he shares, "I had witnessed first-hand the work of a thoroughly indigenous organization which, in the name of Christ, defends the cause of the 'downtrodden' and, with great tenacity and courage, both insists that the government bring to justice those who have wronged them and assists government in doing so."
“In essence, Honduras must strengthen and cleanse key government institutions, which are incredibly weak and underfunded, so they can function effectively. The goal is to decrease corruption, impunity, insecurity and violence, and increase good governance and economic opportunities in Honduras. … AJS has started this work already,” wrote Puliter Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario.
Ms. Nazario is the author of the best-selling book Enrique's Journey, which tells the true story of a Honduran boy who migrates to the U.S. to reunite with his mother. She lists AJS's work as one reason for “Hope for Honduras” on her website. AJS’s work has been “extraordinary,” she said in an NPR interview.
"I think that we will see in Honduras, thanks to AJS, a very different kind of situation than we have in the past. It will important; it will give new hope to people, and we will hopefully also see that corruption can be dealt with; corruption can be a part of the past and not the future," shared Huguette Labelle, during a visit to Honduras while she was the chair of the board of directors of Transparency International.
AJS is the Honduran chapter of Transparency International, and during Ms. Labelle's visit to Honduras she participated in the signing of a very important agreement between the Honduran government, AJS, and Transparency International.
"AJS worked with us the whole time in our investigations that in the end resulted in convictions for Dionisio's killers. .... AJS helps us by giving logistical support and assistance in getting the evidence we need in carrying out our investigations," said former Honduran special prosecutor for Human Rights, Sandra Ponce.
AJS's workers "are among the best, the bravest, the most honest and most committed people I have ever met," said Luca Renda, the former United Nations Representative in Honduras.
AJS is an "example of the 'practical hope' we have in the renewing power of Jesus Christ. Witnessing this courageous renewal work in Honduras inspires and moves me," shared Calvin College President Michael Le Roy during a visit to Honduras.
Read More About Others' Experiences with AJS
Rick Gerhardt, scientist and theologian, shares about the hope he saw in AJS' work.
Lee Boyd, Human Rights lawyer expresses her admiration for AJS' work.
Jo Kaldeck, Journalist-in-residence at Gordon College in Massachusetts writes about what makes AJS different.
Photographer John Bron shares about his experience with brave Christians in Honduras.