The Micah Project was founded in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 2000 by Michael Miller. Michael is from Saint Louis, Mo. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1994 and taught at charter schools in Houston for four years before moving to Honduras in early 1998 to work with a ministry that also serves street-connected youth, called the Covenant House.
In October 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras. Michael immediately found himself with a new role in Tegucigalpa: helping a community of 165 families rebuild their lives by helping form the Villa Linda Miller community six miles outside of the city of Tegucigalpa. Today, our Micah House is on property next to Villa Linda Miller.
Throughout the process of rebuilding this community, Michael’s passion for creating a home for the homeless youth was reignited. He and his teammate Aminah (Al-Attas) Bradford worked to build a team of supporters and a plan for a new ministry, with the spirit of the Covenant House, but focused on giving street-connected youth a familial environment in a setting where they could feel at home and take time to heal. The first group of eight boys moved into the Micah House in January 2000.
Our Micah House is home for 15 to 20 boys from the streets or high-risk families. The boys generally range in age from 11-20. They are all either part of the Micah home-schooling program or enrolled in a local high school and are involved in organized sports and other extra-curricular activities.
Our Timothy House is a dormitory-style home at the foot of the Buenos Aires neighborhood (where the original Micah House was once located). In the Timothy House, young men who have finished high school live while they attend local colleges or trade schools and learn to live on their own. Most of the guys also have jobs, either part-time while going to school or full-time as they enter the workforce and learn to live independently. Eventually, we help these guys transition to independent-living.
In 2015, the original Micah House was converted to the Isaiah House. This is a place for older teenagers and young men to receive the support they need to leave life on the streets. They receive emotional support, spiritual counseling, and skill-training while they transition from living on the streets to more productive, wholesome futures, by God's grace.
The Micah Project street ministry reaches out to the youth, as well as adults, living on the streets of Tegucigalpa. The Micah Project ministers to this marginalized population, spreading the good news that Jesus cares for them. As our relationships with street-connected youth grow in trust, some of the boys we get to know move into the Micah or Isaiah Houses where they can receive the transformational love and care they need to leave the streets behind.
The Micah Tech program currently involves daily classes in welding and carpentry at the Micah House for Micah Project residents and a group of teenage boys from the neighboring community.
We're also privileged to facilitate a variety of other ministries, such as a Sunday night worship meeting open to local friends, home visits (and family assistance), and special meetings for the families of the young men. Through service projects and volunteering, dinners, soccer tournaments and Bible studies, the Micah boys reach out to our neighbors in many ways.
Since 2000, over 65 young men have called the Micah Project their long-term home and family, and hundreds more have been positively affected through the branches of our ministry to our community. Currently over 30 boys and young men call one of our three group houses "home."
After completing high school, Micah boys have gone on to graduate from universities such as Missouri Baptist University, the University of Houston, Zamorano University (Honduras), Universidad Latina (Costa Rica), Universidad Jose Cecilio del Valle (Honduras), and Ceutec (Honduras) and have attended "Youth With a Mission" training programs in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Spain and Switzerland.
The Micah Project has a combination of Honduran and international missionaries staffing our programs. Their commitment to the life-long discipleship of these young men is what makes our ministry a family. Many of the guys who have moved to independent-living stay connected to the Micah Family, often providing mentorship and encouragement to the current residents of our homes.
The Micah Project is supported financially and in prayer through many faithful individuals, churches and foundations across the United States. We also receive support from individuals and organizations in Honduras. Several mission teams and many of extended Micah Family members visit us in Honduras throughout the year.
In 2002, the boys and staff of the Micah Project began doing outreach to the hundreds of children and adults who work every day in the Tegucigalpa city dump. What started as basic Bible lessons and break-dancing competitions grew into a thriving ministry over the next few years. “Amor, Fe, y Esperanza” (AFE) was fully-funded by the Micah Project as an outreach branch in the early years, but as the ministry grew, Micah helped them find the support system necessary to stand as a separate NGO. They now have a school for hundreds of children, a daycare, a clinic, and many other programs that focus on the community that lives in and around the city dump