August 2 Speaker to Talk About Political Situation in Honduras, Sierra Service Project

July 17, 2009

On Sunday, August 2 the Rev. Rigo Rios Valle will be the guest preacher at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services at Central United Methodist Church in Stockton, California. He will speak about the Sierra Service Project's work in Honduras and the political situation in his country. A community lunch will follow the 11 o'clock service, and during the lunch the Rev. Rios Valle will offer more comments and answer questions about Honduras. 


Rigo Rios Valle has worked with Sierra Service Project teams in Honduras since the first team was established in 2003. For more information visit He is a native Honduran who as a child lived in the Chicago area, where he learned to speak excellent English. Currently the pastor of the United Methodist Church in San Jose de la Vega, a section of Teguicgalpa, he also serves as Sierra Service Project's Country Director in Honduras. He and his wife, Karen, have a beautiful three-year-old daughter, Hannah, and are expecting their second child.


Alan Cook, Director of Family Ministries at Central UMC, and 10 youth from California and Arizona, including Jacob Shuemake of Stockton, have just returned from a two-week Sierra Service Project mission trip to build homes in Honduras. While there they worked with the Rev. Rios Valle and local residents to construct two simple shelters. 


Central UMC is located at 3700 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204, across from University of the Pacific.