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May God continue to Bless You All.
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May God continue to Bless You All.
YOU CAN READ PDF VERSION HERE: Mejia November 2014 update-signed
We can’t believe we are almost at the end of 2014, the Christmas ornaments are on display at the stores, and we can see how much this season is commercialized. As a church we encourage our congregation to reflect on the true Spirit of this season. Many activities will happen through the end of the year, involving children youth and adults. In this update we will share with you some of our activities during the month of October.
Children’s Day at our Church
Children’s Day is a very special occasion in Honduras. Many schools, private and public, celebrate the day with games, and refreshments and usually with volunteer work. For many companies, it is an opportunity to do social work and connect with the community.
We took the opportunity to celebrate Children’s Day at our church on September 10th, inviting new families to enjoy this special occasion.
Breaking a piñata is a popular game on Children’s day. For our church’s celebrations honoring the kids, we cooked
for them and broke the customary piñata.
The children had fun playing games, and we parents and parishioners enjoyed being with them and seeing all the
smiling and happy faces around the churchyard.
Thanks to the municipality that gave us two piñatas for our celebrations
Jesus is transforming lives! A new member of our church shared:
“My wife treats me differently now. And of course what woman wants to treat
kindly a man who returns home
drunk every weekend with hardly any money for the family?”
“I am grateful to God, because I am a new person now, and I will never be the same.”
On Hector’s birthday family and friends came to celebrate with him for the first time. When we were praying for him
we invited everyone to say congratulations. At the end Hector told me, “We are not a hugging family, but I feel so happy
to be receiving my first hug from my sisters and brothers.”
God is doing His work, giving individuals and families a new outlook on life. Praise Him.
Don Julio accepted Jesus Christ into his heart early this year, and he continues walking with Jesus every day. He does not have
family in Roatan but we are grateful to have him be part of our church family.
Please pray for him and others in our congregation, to continue to grow in their spiritual life.
Bible Day in Honduras.
The last Sunday in September we celebrated Bible day in Honduras. Since 1987, churches have celebrated this day in different ways. The two congregations, Brick Bay and Coxen Hole, went around the church community to do evangelism and deliver New Testaments in Spanish and English. Children, young people and adults were involved. We presented the gospel and a few people received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour as a result. We would like to reach out like this more often, as we know that it meets a spritiual need that every person has.
Team from New Brunswick to join the Mejias this winter
Please pray for Bob and Peggy Boucher, Riley Creaghan, Marcia Landry, Pat Mosher, Sara McDonald,
Dylan Nicoll and Katlyn Thomas, John Galbraith, Jesse Galbraith, Bill MacKenzie, Emma MacKenzie, Mary Robinson and Jeanne Sayre.
They are from several different parishes in New Brunswick and all are delighted about coming to Roatan from the 27th of February to the 7th of March, 2015, to continue the construction of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Roatan. They are also planning to do a VBS during their time here. Please pray!
Please pray for different ministries we wish to develop further or establish in our church:
Pray for the parishioners to respond to God’s calling for them to serve in the Kingdom of God.
Thank you so much for your generous support, which has enabled us to continue our ministry with the Episcopal Church
in Roatan, Bay Island, Honduras.
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for our family and ministrys.
Please pray for Pr. Sonny Moon from the Methodist Church in the USA. He is organizing a team to come
to Roatan in February.
Pray for the people to respond to this special mission trip.
Following the Construction
MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU!
YOU CAN READ PDF VERSION HERE: Mejia September 2014 update-signed
Reverends. Nelson Mejia
Kara Thompson de Mejia and Family.
Serving the Lord in Roatan, Honduras.
Please pray for our family and for our ministry with the church in Roatán.
We are are grateful for Kara’s birthday on August 24th, and we ask your prayers for
Kelly’s birthday on Sept. 25th and Stephen’s on October 4th.
May God continue to richly bless them.
Our first Anniversary
It is a year already since we moved to our own property, and we are counting our blessings.
We bought the land, we moved there, a month later we built a shelter, before Christmas
we installed water and electricity, in January we built a shed and a room for a caretaker,
after we went on to build a septic system. Not only that, in the first week of May
we started to see our dream take shape as we started construction on the church building
for Emmanuel Church in Coxen Hole.
August 22nd – 24th we celebrated this first anniversary and it was really
a blessing to get together both congregations, Coxen Hole and Brick Bay.
We focused every day on preaching on the family to empower listeners to walk in the love of Jesus Christ.
The many activities included worship, music, drama, dance, singing,
and a preacher every day, one from the island, and the other from a Episcopal Church on the mainland.
On the last day, the Rev. Nelson preached.
We ended our anniversary activities on the 24th of August with a family day
and traditional games that we all enjoyed.
Two women, one from Coxen Hole Church and one from Brick Bay,
went with the Rev. Kara to attend the Cursillo weekend on the mainland.
They came back on fire to enroll in church activities and filled with the love of Jesus.
Also, a girl from the church in Brick Bay went with the Rev. Kara to serve on the team at the
Happening weekend and another young girl went to participate for the first time.
ONGOING CONSTRUCTION IN ROATAN
It is always a blessing being a part of the Roatán Church project.
We continued the construction till the first week in August, and we are
very happy with the progress obtained so far.
The Roatán team worked with courage and they are looking forward
to continuing the work early next year. We have attached few pictures of the construction.
A Home for a Church Family
God is so good and always provides for the people in need.
At the end of July a family from our church congregation received a home.
through a nonprofit organization called Dwellings.
Martha and her family had been praying for a long time.
They said, “It is a miracle; GOD answered our prayer and we are very grateful.
Now we have a home, and we pray for those who do not have one.
” This was arranged through the Episcopal Church.
A Great Story
We always welcome new visitors to the congregtion of Emmanuel Church in Coxen Hole.
A mother was introducing herself and her 12-year-old daughter
and then she pointed out a 6-year-old boy and said,
“and this is my son, Andy Jackson, who brought us to church tonight!”
We all applauded. It is amazing what a child can do for the Kingdon of God.
This boy lives close to the church, and I imagined him walking past it so many times,
wondering which Sunday he and his family could attend.
We are very happy with the new Sunday school shelter;
it is nice for the children to have their own space.
A Special Thank You
Thank you so much for your generous support, which has enabled us
to continue our ministry.
We would greatly appreciate your continued financial support
and wonder if you wish to make a donation and/or a pledge
of regular support towards our mission at this time.
(Cheques to be made payable to SAMS Canada and marked,
Kara & Nelson Mejía on the reference line or in an attached note). Please mail to:
SAMS Canada, PO Box 28012, Barrie, ON L4N 7W1
Or, you can make a credit card donation by telephone,
or online through the SAMS Canada website at www.samscanada.ca.
On the website homepage, click on the Donate to SAMS link,
then select the secure CanadaHelps portal. Please select
‘Kara Thompson and Nelson Mejía, Honduras’ in the Your Donation Will Support box.
You can contact the SAMS office by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone: (705) 728-7151
Building Relationships in Roatán – May update, 2014
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
The last week of April and first two weeks in May were really busy, first gathering construction materials and a Honduran construction team, then the arrival of the team from Ontario and the beginning of the church foundation. We were excited to start building, and we continue to be excited because we know better things are coming for Emmanuel Church in Coxen Hole.
It was really a blessing to meet the 6-person team from St. Bride’s Anglican Church, Mississauga, ON. On May 5th, they, together with the Honduran team, had the privilege of beginning construction on the foundation of the church building. We all worked hard and had a lot of fun during the week, but the most important thing is that we are not just building a church, but are building a relationship between congregations.
We as a congregation would like to say thank you to St Bride’s parish, and especially the team, who sacrificed time with family and all the comforts of home to come down to Roatán and work with us.
We had the opportunity to share some activities with the team:
On On the 4th we baptized two women at the beach from the church in Brick Bay and the team took part in the evening services for the Coxen Hole congregation.
On the 6th we celebrated a special liturgy to install the first brick of the construction. This is a special service, as we marked the four corners for the church building and installed the first brick where the altar will be located.
But it was not only activities and work; we also gave the team a tour of the island and went to cool off at a nice beach in West Bay.
We will continue the construction all this year and, pending full funding, we hope to finish it by the end of 2015, God willing.
There are many opportunities for individuals and Short Term Teams to serve in Roatán, Honduras, so please contact us for more information: email@example.com or SAMS Canada: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Special Appeal:
Thank you so much for responding with generosity to our previous appeal a few months ago, which enabled us to continue in the ministry that our saviour Jesus Christ has commissioned. SAMS has reviewed our account balance and it is once again time to appeal for assistance.
We would greatly appreciate your continued financial support and wonder if you wish to make a donation and/or a pledge of regular support towards our mission at this time. (Cheques to be made payable to SAMS Canada and marked, Kara & Nelson Mejia on the reference line or in an attached note). Please mail to:
PO Box 21082, Barrie, ON L4M 6J1
Or, you can make a credit card donation by telephone, or online through the SAMS Canada website at www.samscanada.ca On the website homepage, click on the Donate to SAMS link, then select the secure CanadaHelps portal. Please select ‘Kara Thompson and Nelson Mejia, Honduras’ in the YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT box.
You can contact the SAMS office at:
Email: email@example.com, or
Tel: (705) 728-7151
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 Roatán.
Please continue to pray for:
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May God continue to bless you all, and we declare an open heaven of many blessings to your family, your church and your country.
Nelson and Kara Mejia
Getting ready for the next step , April, Update 2014
It is 8 months already since we moved to the site, for worship services and to start the initial work on the building for Emmanuel Church in Coxen Hole (levelling the land, building a shelter, building a shed, and installing electricity, water and septic).
We finished this just before Holy Week, which was great, as we celebrated the Easter Vigil for the first time at the church in Coxen Hole, together with the congregation of Brick Bay Church.
Holy week worship services gave us the opportunity to celebrate Jesus, get closer as congregations and remind ourselves that because Jesus died on the cross we are saved, and because we have faith and believe in the power of the resurrection we live.
We continue in both congregations with regular activities every week, but at the same time we are preparing to continue the construction of the church in Coxen Hole.
We have the honour of welcoming a team from St. Brides Anglican Church in Mississauga Ontario to Roatan .
A group of 6 people are coming down from May 3rd – 10th to help us start the foundation of the church building as a first stage of the construction.
We are looking forward to working together and developing this project, but it is not only about work; it is also about continuing to develop our relationship, getting to know each other and sharing with each other in order to grow in our faith in Jesus Christ.
The opportunity is open to support this project by praying or by organizing a team to come down and be immersed in a mission that will give you a new perspective on life, experience a different culture, interact with new Christians, and receive the blessing of serving the Lord in this part of the world.
Don’t miss the opportunity to pray and support this project. This building will not just be a church building; it is also designed to be a shelter in emergencies, and we will use part of the church space to start a sewing project to financially support single women around Roatan.
Exciting times are coming!!!
Please pray for safe travel for the team.
May God continue to bless you all the time.
Nelson and Kara Mejia
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.
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.
May God continue to richly bless you.
Nelson, Kara and
The Congregation of Coxen Hole Church.
Emmanuel, God with us!
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.
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.
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*
· 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or SAMS Canada for more information: email@example.com
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“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
Nelson and Kara Mejia
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.
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
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.
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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.
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