After 42 years of missionary service (21 years in Mexico and 21 years in
Honduras), Bill and Margy are beginning a new chapter in their lives. They
are retiring the end August and moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, where
they have a home across the street from their daughter and her family. This
is a very signiﬁcant move as they relocate in a “foreign place” and seek
God’s leading for their retirement years. Bill is currently in Honduras in
order to sell their house and wrap up ﬁnal details in this transition.
Mark and Joy will also experience many changes in Bill and Margy’s absence. We have
enjoyed a great partnership over the last 13 years. God has uniquely gifted each of us and our
gifts compliment one another. Mark and Joy are seeking God’s guidance as they redeﬁne and
develop their ministry.
Bill and Margy’s Retirement
All of the Hoffs traveled to the States on April 23rd of this year. Within a few days of arriving in
Indiana, Margy suffered a stroke causing left side paralysis. While we were relieved that this
occurred in the States, we were still shaken by this health crisis. Margy spent one night in the
hospital in Indiana. She and Bill then made the trip to Tennessee to rest and enjoy the help of their
daughter, Rebecca, who is a nurse. Margy walked with the assistance of a walker for about a month
and received physical therapy during that time. We praise God that she has regained her strength
and complete mobility. While she tires easily and still feels a tingling on her left side, she is able to
actively participate with the family and be a part of a nearby church in Tennessee. Praise the Lord!
In an effort to see a greater percentage of students complete the course,
we have been focusing on condensing the material to a one-year study.
As we rework the curriculum, we have also been teaching a group of
about 12 students at a church in Cofradia. They recently completed the
last lesson and will soon be taking a comprehensive exam. A number of
missionaries in other Spanish-speaking countries have asked to use the
curriculum, so we have hopes it will be put to good use. We will also
be open to their input as we continue to improve each lesson.
We enjoyed a very busy 14 weeks in the States this summer. We traveled to 18 churches in
Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and
Arizona. It was a pleasure to spend time with friends and family across the United States. We
appreciate all those who were able to host us and take time out their schedules to visit with us.
We were encouraged.
Below is a note “from” Katrina (age 2) about her 3 month visit to the States:
• I got to sleep in an inﬂatable swimming pool all summer so that I would
have the same bed everywhere we went.
• At ﬁrst I was a little scared of swings and tall slides, but I soon learned that
they are a lot of fun. Mommy and Daddy looked for parks everywhere we
went. I couldn’t wait to get on the next slide and swing. We don’t have parks
like that in Honduras, so Mommy and Daddy got me a swing for our yard.
(It’s not the same, though.)
•I love zoos!!! Grandma and Grandpa got passes
to the zoo in Indianapolis and we went to the one
in Washington D.C. I got to feed the giraffes twice
and I still talk about all the animals we saw!
•I made a lot of new friends but didn’t get to stay with any of them
very long. After leaving my new friends, I would keep asking when I
could see them again. I still thank God for them in my prayers. I
love my new friends.
•I had a lot of fun with all my grandparents, aunts,
uncles, and cousins! Some days I ask Mommy and Daddy if we can get on a big
airplane and go up, up, up to see them.
• While we were in the States, I missed my friends in Honduras too. I missed my
Russian grandparents, Baba and Dieda, and my Filipino Aunt and Uncle, Tita
and Tito. I also missed my Haitian friend and his Honduran wife, Damas and
Lourdes. It’s been fun to get to see them again and all my toys and books that
were still at my house. (I had forgotten about them!)
• I had a fun summer with many new experiences and new friendships. I’m glad
to be home, but miss people there too. I had to say way to many bye-byes.
Summer in the U.S.
Among our travels we were able to visit with family
in Nevada and Arizona. Mark and Bill drove out and
Joy ﬂew with Katrina, Mark’s sister, and her two
children.The main purpose for this trip was to visit
Bill’s 90 year old mother who has been in a nursing
home with dementia. We had a very special visit
together.We believe God made this trip possible as
less than a month later she went on to be with the
Lord. We thank God for this last, and precious visit.
We Praise God For:
• the work God is doing through the camp and seminar students.
• the faithful students at the church in Cofradia
• our encouraging time in the States
• God’s provisions while we were in the States and upon our return
• Margy’s recovery from her recent stroke
We Pray For:
• the seminar students - that they will have strength and motivation
to ﬁnish the course and lead their churches well
• more groups of students who have a desire to complete the
leadership training course
• Mark and Bill as they condense the seminar material to make it a
• the national church leadership to remain strong thru some current
• the ministers and their wives – that they will be encouraged and
• the upcoming annual missionary conference (end of September)
• the upcoming Honduran men’s retreat (October)
• transition into Bill and Margy’s retirement
HOW TO REACH US
Our Mailing Address:
Mark and Joy Hoff
San Pedro Sula , Honduras
Our e-mail address is:
Our Website is:
Our phone number is:
011 (504) 2551-5617
Any monetary gifts for Bill and
Margy or Mark and Joy should be
Bajio Christian Mission
4886 E. County Rd. 400 S.
Plainﬁeld, IN 46168
...On a Personal Note
We are ecstatic to announce
that God is blessing us with
another miracle gift to be
born in February. Katrina is
going to be a big sister!