Happening

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The Roatan Happening Experience, March Update

The Happening does not propose a new type of spirituality, but provides a method through which one’s spirituality may be developed, nourished, lived and shared in fellowship with young Christians willing to dedicate their lives to God in an ongoing manner. The Happening movement believes that Jesus Christ has and will continue to make a difference in the world and in individual lives. Those attending Happening listen to thought-provoking and challenging talks given by members of the staff and clergy. These talks are designed to help the Happeners get to know God. After each talk, the opportunity is given for questions and discussion in small groups.

 Instrument of Renewal
The Happening Movement is a powerful instrument of renewal in the Church. Its purpose is to concentrate closely on the person and teaching of Jesus Christ. Our faith is seriously examined in a relaxed, fun, informal and loving atmosphere. The Happening weekend is an experience that gives those who attend the desire to understand and serve God through his Church.

Our Own Happening

For the first time we ourselves held this event for the glory of God and thanks to the great effort and help from youth and adults from San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, la Ceiba and Roatan.

The Happening in Roatan was the spiritual experience of a lifetime for 30 young people from our church, including two from the Methodist Church and a few from the church in la Ceiba, which is part of our deanery.

We got together from Friday to Sunday, working hard to bring all before Jesus Christ. It was a blessing for all the candidates and the Happening team, and we saw the Holy Spirit manifest Himself in different ways during this wonderful weekend.

But the work is not finished, this is the beginning; as a result of this event we now meet together with and minister to about 30 young people every Saturday at both churches: Brick Bay and Coxen Hole.

Please pray for the relationship we are developing with them and that they can continue growing as they serve the Lord through the Episcopal Church in Roatan.  

Thank you for all your prayers and support that enable us to do the ministry that the Lord has called us to do.

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them.” Ecclesiastes 12:1

May God continue to Bless You.

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A special Thank You

February Update, Roatán Episcopal Church

A special thank you to Harold, Kathy, Kevin and Darwin from St. Stephen, N.B. 
and to Marie and Tracey from Vancouver. 
It was a great blessing to meet them and share a week together in Roatán. 
 
They came down to Roatán from January 18th to 25th to help us to build a shed for
Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Coxen Hole, by donating the money for building
materials and working hard every day until it was finished.

Thanks to God and to this team that He called to Roatán, now we have the blessing of a shed to store the church’s equipment and an extra room for a person to stay overnight to watch over the property.

Now we don’t need to carry things from place to place; this is great!

But it is not just about money and work. It is such a blessing. I feel in my heart that it is the personal touch of other brothers and sisters in Christ that brings the blessings. You (the teams) and we work together on a mission for God’s kingdom, and God uses us for a special mission and bring us unity as we continue developing the relationship between our congregations.  

Thank you for bringing the blessing to our congregation and working together with us to build the shed. It was a great pleasure and a lot of fun.

 We experienced and learned many things through your being here with us.

Please continue to pray for our ministry with the church in Roatán.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

 

May God continue to richly bless you.

 

Nelson, Kara and

The Congregation of Coxen Hole Church.

Emmanuel, God with us!

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Emmanuel – this is the name we have chosen for the church in Coxen Hole.  God is awesome…

Time goes by fast; it is seven years now since we moved to Roatán, and we can see how the Lord has been working in our lives, our family and our church and He is still providing what is necessary to help us to improve our ministry.  Today we can see how God works and provides for every need at the right moment.

A few years ago we started praying for financial support to buy a property to build the church in Coxen Hole (Emmanuel).  Back in August, the land was purchased and the site cleared, andwe are very grateful that now we have the privilege of worshiping God on our own property – the congregation erected a temporary tarp under which to meet at the site. 

The architect for the Diocese, Jack Melvin, is an American volunteering time in Honduras.  The design of the church is still being finalized, but in his sketch of what the church would look like when completed. 

Skech Coxen Hole Church

The plan is that the church building will be initially used partly as a church and partly as a sewing centre, and that an adjacent sewing centre will be added on as the church fills.  It is also proposed that the church should be a hurricane centre, but this is likely to add considerably to the cost of the building. 

We continue to pray for the planting of the church congregation and for financial support to build the church building.  The Lord has provided and he will provide for us to continue serving Him through these projects and through our regular ministry.

Activities:

Great progress continues with the property:  Both electrical and water connections have now been made as well as a better base for the temporary church under the tarp at the site.  Installation of a septic system has been delayed by days of rain, but will go ahead as soon as the rain stops, and hopefully before a short term team arrives.  A small four person team from New Brunswick will arrive January 18th to build a shed to store church stuff and construction materials, while a two person team from BC is volunteering to go to take photographs in Roatán and help with evangelism.  Please pray for good weather.

Since the Brick Bay church was built in the early 90’s, the congregation has experienced many funerals but never a wedding.  To the glory of God, on Christmas eve, Kara married a couple who had been living together for 30 years.  This provided a special opportunity for the community to come together and prepare food, decorate, etc.

 Kara continues meeting with a Pastors’ wives’ prayer group every Monday, and this is really a blessing for her.

Other recent activities have been:

·         Delivering a Christmas banquet to the poor on December 20th

           Special Christmas church services

·         Week night Bible teaching in both congregations

·         Outreach and home visitation around the community of Coxen Hole

·         Youth preparations for the Happening*

Upcoming events:

·         Sunday school in the Coxen Hole church every Sunday

·         Teaching Biblical courses Levels 1-3

·         Youth group meetings

·         Happening* weekend January 18th - 19th

·         Canadian short-term team** mission January 18th - 25th – including construction, Vacation Bible School, home visitation

·         Construction of the church building in Coxen Hole which may begin as early as March

A Special Appeal:

 After a few years, our budget has had a necessary increase.  We would greatly appreciate your continued financial support and wonder if you wish to make a donation towards our mission at this time.  Here is SAMS Canada’s mailing address:

 PO Box 21082,

Barrie, ON  L4M 6J1

Telephone:  (705) 728-7151 

Fax: (705) 728-6716 

Email: office@samscanada.ca

 SAMS Canada is a registered non-profit organization supported by tax-deductible donations (Reg. No. 10795 2228 0001).  Donations to support our mission can be sent to the above address or by credit card through the SAMS website: www.samscanada.ca.

 For your Prayers:

We are very grateful to God for your prayers and financial support, as part of God’s plan for the church in Roatan.  Please continue to pray for:

·         Safe travel for the team** coming from NB and Vancouver to Roatán January 18th-24th

·         The Happening* Youth event being held in Roatán from January 17th to 19th (first time in Roatán!), for safe travel for the Happening team coming from Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula 

·         Both our congregations: Brick Bay and especially for our church in Coxen Hole to reach out to others near the site so they can see Christ through our church and find this place to worship Him

·         A finalized design of the church and sewing project center

·         Funding to permit construction to be initiated early in 2014 and for the participation of short-term teams from Canada and the USA.

 

* Happening is a weekend experience for youth, a powerful instrument of renewal in the church with the purpose of concentrating on the person and teaching of Jesus Christ.  It is an experience that gives those who attend the desire to serve God through His church.

 **There are many opportunities for individuals and teams to serve in Roatán, Honduras, so please contact us: revnelsonmejia@yahoo.com or SAMS Canada for more information: office@samscanada.ca

Please share this blog with your parish and your friends: nelsonandkara.wordpress.com

 “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” …“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus….” (Luke 1:28-31)

 Christmas is the time to rejoice in the glories of Christ’s birth and celebrate all the blessings of the Holy Spirit with your friends, family, may God continue to richly bless you in the New Year.

 New Year’s Card for you here

http://www.123greetings.com/events/new_year/new_year_wishes/128.html

 Shalom…

 Nelson and Kara Mejia

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From a room to an open place.

We started meeting in our home, then we moved from place to place. It has been a blessing that over a month ago we moved to our own place. Now we have a home for the church in Coxen Hole.
In September, we began meeting under a tree for the first time. The Municipality has approved installation of a septic system and construction of a tarp, so as a congregation we meet at the site on Sundays. Electricity is in the process of being installed so we will soon be able to move the services from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, a better time for people to attend.

This is great progress: water, washrooms and a septic are also in the process of being installed.

We are very grateful to God for your partnership with us, as part of God’s plan for the church in Roatan.
Several short-term teams from Canada are planning to help with the construction of the new church and sewing center in 2014/15.

Please pray for:

• Both our congregations: Brick Bay and especially for our church in Coxen Hole to reach out to others near the site
• Financial resources to pay for the initial work at the site this year (about $6,000)
• The design of the church and sewing project center
• Funding to permit construction to be initiated early in 2014 and for the participation of short term-teams from Canada and the USA.
• Safe travels for Kara to New Brunswick this month.

Please share this blog with your parish and your friends.

Thank you again for your prayers and financial support for us and for the Coxen Hole church plant.

Thank you for blessing us with the opportunity to serve the Lord in this part of the world, by preaching the good News and increasing the Kingdom of God.

We declare the favor and all the blessings from Heaven for you, your church and your country.

Shalom…
1 Corinthians 3:7
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

Nelson and Kara Mejia

Roatan Church Update – August 2013

Nelson and Kara Ministry

 

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:12-16

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Praise the Lord.
First we want to thank you for all your prayers and support that enable us to do the ministry God calls us to do in Roatán.
Sunday August18th we moved to our own place for the first time to celebrate and worship Jesus, and give thanks for all His provision and for the blessing of having the property for our church. On Monday 19th our Bishop Lloyd Allen signed the land transfer document as representative of the Episcopal Church of Honduras. On the 20th the seller signed too and on the 22nd I got hold of the document so I could pay the taxes. Now we are ready to install the electricity and water, set up a septic and build a tarp so we can meet as a congregation. We will continue to meet at the property, even if we do not have all of this; in fact, we will have a service there this Sunday under a tree at 4:30 pm before it gets dark (but in case it rains, we will meet at the regular place.)
This has been a blessing for us and it is so exciting to be at our property on a permanent basis.
Kara went to participate in Happening (Teck) from August 9th to 11th and to a Cursillo weekend with two women from the church in Roatán, from the 15th to the 18th. Monday 19th we had had a Deanery meeting over on the mainland in Tela, at a church that is part of the deanery.
We pray that we can stay in touch; please check our blog: http://nelsonandkara.wordpress.com/
Subscribe or send us an email asking us to add you to our contacts and we will send you an update directly, or if you prefer a letter in the mail, let us know and we will do that for you.

Let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. – Hebrews 12: 1-2

Thank you very much for your prayers and financial support that make possible our ministry in the church in Roatán. May God continue to bless you, your congregation and your country.

Nelson and Kara Mejia+

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CAN A NATION BE SAVED IN A DAY?
CAN A COUNTRY BE BROUGHT FORTH IN A MOMENT?

Please watch this video to understand the Vision of One Nation One Day.

Clip in the link below and share it.

http://youtu.be/AVJ8jVhPf0A

Can a nation be saved in a day? Can a country be brought forth in a moment? – Isaiah 66:8
How powerful is a single day? How moving…a single moment?
Think of the greatest moments of your life. Were these moments centered around you? or do they serve a greater purpose? Are they designed by love? Not only love for family or friends…but for those who have no food, no home, no love. Have you helped create their moments?
These are the moments that shape us. These are the days we think about when we face death.
A first smile, A first real embrace. The moment you prayed with a complete stranger and they were delivered from bitterness, from hate, from lust, from alcoholism…The moment you observed someone experience God’s perfect healing…his perfect salvation. The moment when a village raised their hands to heaven….a moment a city surrendered. A moment a nation united under ONE God.
Can a nation be saved in ONE day? Can a country be brought forth in a single moment?
We believe that ONE nation is Honduras.
We believe that ONE day is July 20th, 2013.
And we believe this is the generation to realize Isaiah’s bold vision.
The nation of Honduras is broken up into 18 states with 18 capital cities. Our goal is to reach every person in every state PERSONALLY through the following 5 strategies:
1. Partner with the Government.
In late 2011, President Lobo-Sosa of Honduras signed a resolution declaring 1Nation1Day a national holiday. He also gave signed legal authorization and full support for every 1Nation1Day initiative.
2. Assemble the Largest Missions Team in History.
We are recruiting a team of 2,000 passionate missionaries to personally reach out to every teenager in the nation. This team will strategically infiltrate every high school in the entire nation bringing impacting dramas, one on one prayer and a school-wide call to salvation.
3. Distribute Life Saving Aid.
In the same week, we will mobilize hundreds of doctors, dentists, and medical professionals to provide free medical care and medicine to those living in extreme poverty.
We will also ship 18 containers each loaded with 272,000 high nutrition relief meals for a total of almost 5 million meals distributed to thousands of impoverished families.
4. Mobilize the Local Church.
In order to ensure lasting impact and sustainable discipleship, we will work in cooperation with virtually every local pastor in Honduras. 30,000 pastors and leaders will gather in two massive soccer stadiums for training events with some of the world’s most influential church leaders. Each pastor will walk away with books, materials and a discipleship plan.
5. Preach to the Nation.
On Saturday July 20th, 2013, the week-long campaign will culminate to one historic day and one ground-breaking moment that will shake the entire nation at its core. 18 ministries will host 18 outreaches in the 18 largest venues in the heart of all 18 capital cities. Thousands will gather in their city and millions will watch the live television broadcast as it airs throughout every corner of Honduras and all of Latin America.
We believe that the gospel will reach every city, every village, every home and every soul with its transforming message. That an entire nation will be saved in ONE day. That a country will be brought to God in ONE moment.

In late 2011, President Lobo-Sosa of Honduras signed a resolution declaring 1Nation1Day a national holiday.  He also gave signed legal authorization and full support for every 1Nation1Day initiative.

The President has also agreed to appear on international television promoting the events and has personally guaranteed his attendance on the last night.

On July 19, 2013, hundreds of Honduras’ political leaders will attend a political conference in the heart of the nation’s capital. American and Honduran influencers will address the core issues in the nation and conclude with a salvation message.

On Saturday July 20th, 2013, the week-long campaign will culminate in one historic day and one ground-breaking moment that will shake the entire nation at its core.  18 ministries will host 18 outreaches in the 18 largest venues in the heart of all 18 capital cities. Thousands will gather in their city and millions will watch the live television broadcast as it airs throughout every corner of Honduras, all of Latin America, and around the world.

As a Episcopal Church in Roatan we are part of this great event that we believe will change HONDURAS. In Roatan every Church, Mayor, Congress Man, Governor, Police, Schools, colleges, Fire Station and others are involved. Please pray for thousands will come to meet together on July 20th, 6:00 pm. We will come to worshiping and asking God for a NEW NATION a NEW HONDURAS.

Thank for watch this video to understand the Vision of One Nation One Day, please share it, and may Gad richly bless You.

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Coxen Hole Church Property Update

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
A few years ago we planned to purchase a property in Coxen Hole to build a place of worship for our church members, and after waiting for so long to find a property, God has really blessed us with a 1550 square metre, flat piece of land that we are going to buy in the next few days.
We have learned patience through waiting, but we believe God works not in our time, but in His time, because he knows the plans he has set up for us.
Now our dream has come true, we have the land and before the end of April we will move there to continue preaching the Good News and worshiping in our own place. God is good.
Thanks for your prayers and support. We ask your continued prayers as we move to our new property, that our church will easily become part of the new area of Coxen Hole and be accepted.
We pray for wisdom and inspiration as we go visiting in the area around the site, that the people who live around here will be open to Christ and his Word and come to church; and also they will be able to see through us the unconditional love of God as we worship and honour Him.
Thank you to all who have donated generously to this church planting project. Your prayers and financial support are making our dream come true, as now we have land of our own and we can build a church for the community. Praise God.
All thing are possible with God.
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
May God continue to bless all of you.
Nelson and Kara Mejia.

George Carey, ex Archbishop of Canterbury visited Roatan on a cruise, it was really a blessing for us and the church.

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Have a Blessed Easter.

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Friend Day at the Coxen Hole Church

Please see a worship video: http://youtu.be/wMXOt4zcYyM

A successful outreach ministry of the congregation of the church in Coxen Hole, “Friend Day”, has been held for the first  time.

The congregation is encouraged to invite one or more friends, unchurched family members, to this special service held in our church in Coxen Hole. Every church member invites a friend  and prays for him or her. The informal service includes contemporary music, an evangelistic sermon, lunch or supper  for everyone, and a special time for the children. Following the service, we serve the food, All in all, it’s a great time to share in some fun as a congregation while providing an ideal environment for introducing the Episcopal Church to a few potential members.

Friend Day is a unique outreach for our church. We invite our friends for a time of worship that provides a wonderful opportunity to bring those who may become part of our congregation in Coxen Hole.

We are planning the next Friend Day, and we encourage our church members  to help and to start thinking now of who they’ll invite to this next Friend Day!

We are excited to be purchasing the land soon and look forward to being able to move there and plan more activities for everyone in a bigger place.

Please continue to pray for our congregations: Saint Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay and for the Church Plant in Coxen Hole.

May God continue to richly bless you.