A Generation with a Different Spirit

In Honduras we have cultural richness, mountains, good people, and delicious cuisine. However, there is also a culture of irresponsibility. We even use our own “Honduran time,” which is usually an hour later than scheduled for an event, meeting, or other commitment. But UPH has come to change that culture and has implemented what we call “UPH time,” which means five minutes before the scheduled time for any commitment. It sounds like a small detail, but it is a very basic way to form a spirit of responsibility. If today we have youth who are punctual, that means that our future professionals, fathers, mothers, public servants, and leaders of our community will be different and will bring positive changes.

Recently we had a meeting with the parents of the youth who are involved in our program, and it surprised us that most of them arrived early. We were even more surprised when almost all of them commented that a few hours earlier their sons and daughters had been reminding them what time the meeting was going to start and encouraging them to arrive on time, explaining that at UPH people are punctual and that they didn’t want their parents to arrive late.

This makes me reflect on what the Bible says about doing things diligently, and that’s something that doesn’t happen much in our country. Meetings are often pushed back, parents don’t participate much in their kids’ school meetings, government institutions frequently change their scheduled commitments, etc. But our programs seek to promote values like punctuality in our youth and kids, all with a foundation in the Christian faith. With God’s help, in Honduras we will raise up a generation with a spirit of diligence.

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” -Romans 12:11


Dionicio Hernández - Youth Program Assistant Director