From what began as a leap of faith, Predisan has grown and expanded to bless the people of Eastern Honduras in many ways. Today, Predisan’s positive reputation is countrywide, its mission is large and diverse, and its opportunities to serve and bring the message of Jesus to a country in great need are ever expanding. Predisan’s work serving the people of Eastern Honduras provides vital healthcare and community development initiatives and encompasses all its efforts in spiritual outreach as it “Proclaims Jesus, Heals Lives.”
Predisan provides primary healthcare to 21,730 people in the mountains east of Catacamas; provides the only school-based healthcare available to more than 2,000 children; and through CEREPA addiction center provides the most respected Christian, comprehensive, in-patient addiction treatment center in Honduras.
How did Predisan begin? Predisan was founded in 1986 when Dr. Robert Clark, his wife, Doris, and their two children, Robert Jr. and Kendra, left, moved from Atlanta to Honduras. Their goal was to teach basic health care principles and techniques to community health volunteers in Catacamas and to nearby mountain villages. From that beginning, today seven public health clinics and the beautiful Good Samaritan Clinic provide medical care and out-patient surgical care to thousands each year.
A year later after the Clarks began work, Dr. Amanda Madrid, a well-known health leader in Honduras, joined Predisan and become the founding medical director. Her first project was establishing CEREPA, the Center for Rehabilitation of Patients with Addictions. CEREPA began as a dream, and today has served more than 2,500 in-patients, helping them find the road to sobriety.
Although Dr. Clark died in 1994, founding missionary Doris Clark continues as a revered counselor in Predisan’s work. Dr. Madrid continues as medical director, overseeing all the direct medical care and public health services Predisan provides. Left, Historic photo with Dr. Robert Clark and Dr. Amanda Madrid and Predisan’s first nurse, Martha Mendez.
Predisan works at six clinic locations — the Good Samaritan Clinic, Catacamas, one clinic in a barrio on the outskirts of Catacamas, five clinics in remote mountain villages, and the CEREPA addiction treatment center, Catacamas. The clinics serve an area population of more than 90,000 people.
Predisan’s efforts receive vital support through volunteer programs bringing professionals, church groups, medical brigades and students to serve and partner with the people of Honduras in proclaiming the Kingdom of God and healing the sick.
The faith and vision of Predisan’s early founders has grown in amazing ways. Their leadership means that thousands of people have received medical care, a healthier environment, education, treatment for addictions, and have heard the saving message of Jesus Christ.