Right Turn Ministries exists solely for the purpose of nurturing the spiritual and physical needs of the people of Honduras through 4 very clear, basic tactics: Feeding the Spirit, Nourishing the Body, Educating the Mind, and Life Improvement Sustainability. We do this by establishing and supporting small group in-home Bible Studies, provide meals for those attending Bible Studies, Provide Education opportunity for the children whose parents are active participants in Bible Study groups, and finally offer Life Improvement Sustainability opportunities for those in community.
We operate in the physically poor, but spiritually hungry community of San Pedro Sula, Honduras; a community that is often forgotten, ignored, and abandoned by their government. The people of these neighborhoods live on less than $2.00 a day and are among the most impoverished people in the world.
Honduras currently ranks as the fourth poorest country in the western hemisphere, and rates highest in crime worldwide.
Starvation, death from disease, gangs, and human trafficking are just some of the realities the people in these communities deal with on a daily basis. We believe that by bringing the word of Jesus Christ, in addition to food, into these neighborhoods, we can make a difference….one soul at a time!
We have a clear understanding what God calls us to BE and DO. Therefore, we believe that in Christ, we can:
Form, develop, and make disciples who will transform their community and the world.
Foster life and love in Honduran neighborhoods by providing much needed food.
Educate the minds of Children who are hungry for the Word of God and who desire a solid Christian Education.
We will accomplish all that God has asked of us by walking in the way of: integrity, transparency, healthy relationships, collaboration with other established ministries, and most importantly, identity in Christ, and human dignity.
We believe that everything begins with the calling and forming of disciple leaders who serve as catalysts for Kingdom change in their communities. We must start with this basic foundation. If we fail, then everything else we do is rather superficial, short-lived, and non-sustainable.
Cheryl Shoffstall, President
By day, Cheryl works Full Time as a Lead Medical Assistant and Asthma Educator for a busy Allergy/Asthma office. By night, she is a wife to Jim, and a mom to a grown son, and she is the proud “Grandma” to her amazing Grand Dog, Brutus.
Cheryl serves in various ministry opportunities in her community, but her heart lies with serving the people of Honduras. She made her first trip to Honduras in 2005 and it was there, her life of service was forever changed.
In her spare time, she loves to play softball, bike her bicycle, and do extreme couponing.
Doug Conner, Vice President
Doug has been an active part of Right Turn Ministries ever since taking his first trip to Honduras in 2017 where he found his heart was forever changed. As a skilled contractor and business owner of Level Up Renovations, Doug uses his God given talent in Honduras by overseeing all of our construction projects. He has a heart for service and a passion for ministry and oversees our Mission Revivals. When he is not working his Full Time paid job, you can be to sure to find him serving in his local Church. Doug is a family man, committed to raising his 3 sons to be men of God
Julie Pluhar, Secretary
Julie’s first trip with Right Turn Ministries was in 2019. One of her favorite memories from this trip was getting to help give the kids at the Jeremiah 29:11 Mission House a “Spartan Race Obstacle Course Day” where they all had the opportunity to race, cheer, and laugh. These kids captured Julies heart. She is proud to be a part of this ministry and be in Christian community. Her grandfather served as a United Methodist Minister for 35 years, so serving Jesus comes naturally to her.
She has been married to her husband, Ed, for 28 years and they have 2 sons. She enjoys spending time at her family’s farm, reading and golfing.
Jim Shoffstall, Treasurer
Jim’s sole job is to oversee the finances of our ministry. He is responsible for handling all of the donations in, and payments out. As a non voting member of the RTM team, he brings accountability and integrity to the financial side our ministry. Jim works full time as a Critical Care Paramedic for Joachim
Plattin Ambulance District. His has a deep love for God, his family, and his job and the patients he cares for. When not working his full time job, or doing our ministry books, you can find him volunteering his time and talents to his local Church by cutting their 7 acres of grass, as well as his elderly neighbors grass. We are excited to have Jim as a part of our team.
Stephen Hardy, Director
Stephen has been traveling to Honduras with the Right Turn Ministries team since its inception and felt God calling him to serve as our director. As a Forensic Accountant, , you can be assured that your donations are are accounted for. Because of his accounting background, Steve works closely with our treasure to ensure your donations are in good hands and being utilized appropriately. With Steve,accountability and transparency will always be his top priority. Steve is a loving father and proud dad to 2 grown kids who are teachers in their profession.
Chris Monroe, Director
Chris took his first trip to Honduras in January, 2018 His family of 5 kids (4 girls and 1 son) It was during his first trip to Honduras, that God revealed to Chris that He had great plans for him in Honduras. Chris is beginning to see all that God meant by that. When not serving in Honduras, Chris works full time as an Account Manager for Echo Equipment, he is the husband to Jennifer, and as mentioned, dad to 5 amazing kids (6 kids if you count Katherine, pictured above, who immediately bonded with Chris and now calls him Papa Chris)
Carrie Gaxiola, Director and Team Blogger
Carrie made her first trip to Honduras in 2018 where her heart was forever changed. She met Nancy (pictured above) and the two developed an immediate friendship. Since that time, God has called Carrie to join our team as a Director, Team Blogger, and Spiritual Advisor, so when we take trips, you can feel like you are on the ground with us through Carries amazing written word.
When not traveling with us, you will find Carrie serving at her home Church as the director of the Greeters and Welcomers. She is married to Urban, who serves this ministry behind the scenes with his unlimited prayers. She loves being a mom and grandma!