Rayne native dedicates his life to mission work in Honduras

Shannon Guthrie, a Rayne native, has dedicated his life to Christian mission work in Honduras.The son of Julia Guthrie and the late Sherrell Guthrie, he is the eighth of nine children


Shannon graduated in 1981 from Rayne High School and entered the U.S. Army at the age of 17. He completed his Army tour of duty at age 20.

He lived in Tacoma, Washington, for a few years before returning to Rayne, where he worked for Offshore Casing Crew, a subsidiary of Garber Industries.

Guthrie found his life’s calling after he went on his first mission trip through his church in St. Cloud, Florida, where he was residing in 2005, and attending the City of Life Church. The mission journey was under the auspices of Hands to the World through his church.

He fell in love with the Honduran people and returned to LaCiebu, Honduras, in 2006 and 2007.

In January 2009, Shannon stayed in LeCieba to run a Safe Haven for pastors and mission groups seeking to go into an undeveloped country. Shannon was in charge of 13 feeding stations that feed hungry children throughout Honduras.

Hands to the World selected Guthrie to oversee their mission in feeding the children in Honduras.

Recently, Shannon was given the privilege of broadcasting a sermon about Jesus Christ and his saving grace, in English to the English speaking people of Honduras on national radio, on Aug. 8.

Shannon will marry Elia Noehmi Garcia Avila on Sept. 19 in a double ring ceremony in LeCieba, Honduras. His son, Shannon James Guthrie, 24, lives in Florida.

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