June 2018 Update

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Time definitely flies, and in a few days we are going back to Roatán to continue with our ministry that the Lord has called us to.
I visited numerous parishes and supporters in Ontario and have now joined Kara and the children for our last few days with family in New Brunswick.
It has been wonderful seeing so many of our supporters again and meeting new people, too.
Our family is very grateful to all those who have hosted us and provided transportation and meals, and for the fellowship that has been offered. We sincerely thank you.
Things are going well in our churches in Roatán; the leaders are doing a great job. Our Dean, the Rev. Nery Varela from the mainland, visited our congregations in Roatán in our absence. We will return to Roatán to continue serving the Lord on July 6. Please pray for safe travels.

This year our kids at Emmanuel in Coxen Hole and St. Peter’s Church in Brick Bay were blessed with presents provided by the Honduras Samaritan’s Purse Association. We delivered more than a hundred presents between the two congregations and shared the gospel with all the children, especially those who came for the first time.

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On the financial side, we have a very positive update to report and to thank you for: our financial deficit has now shrunk to $1763 as of June 15. We praise God and ask you to continue to pray about our finances with us.
Please also consider continuing to support us through the Diocese of Fredericton. You can visit their website (www.anglican.nb.ca) then go to “Donate” and then to “Give online now” for various ways to give online. Be sure to select “Honduras Mission Fund”.

Cheques should be made payable to “The Diocesan Synod of Fredericton” and sent to: Anglican Diocesan Synod of Fredericton, 115 Church Street, Fredericton, NB E3B 4C8
Phone: (506) 459-1801
All cheques should have “Honduras Mission” noted on the reference line.
We greatly appreciate your prayer and financial support to date and trust that you will continue to support us.

Please continue to pray for:
1. Continued and stable financial support for the next three years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.
2. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be finished stuccoing, and cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
3. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
4. For youth leadership, that God will provide someone to minister to and guide the young people.
5. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Canada. A team from New Song Church in Port Perry and St. Bride’s Church in Mississauga in 2019.
6. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
7. For leadership for the Church in Roatán, especially for those who were trained as Sunday School teachers and helpers.
8. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.

Thank you to all who have faithfully prayed and faithfully given to support this incredible work of ministering to the people in our congregations. Matthew 25:40: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Your prayers and continued support enable us to continue touching people’s lives with Jesus’ love.
May God continue to richly bless you.
Empowering the Church
Learning, Growing and Serving
Nelson and Kara Mejia

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May 2018 Update

Great blessings and greetings from the Mejia Thompson Family.

As you all may know, we are back home in Canada. It is a great blessing to be with family and friends, and to meet new people and Parishes. Kara travelled to Canada on April 23rd and after three weeks our kids and I joined her in New Brunswick on May 18th. God is good, all the time!!

Kara has visited some Parishes already around New Brunswick, sharing about the great things God is doing in Roatan. From May 31st to June 13th I will be in Toronto to share about the amazing ministry God has called us to do in Roatan.

Simply put, all we have experienced in Ministry as a family would not be possible without your faithful prayers and support back here in Canada, and we would like to express our sincere thanks for all you do, and encourage all of you to continue keeping us in your hearts, minds and prayers.

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To continue to support our ministry financially, please read this important message about our financial support. Below you can see the Honduras Mission Account Summary, provided by the Diocesan Synod of Fredericton N.B., reconciled to April 30th 2018.

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We are under a three year agreement that was effective on September 1st 2015 and ends on September 1st 2018. To be able to renew this agreement and be approved for another three years, we need to reverse the deficit shown in the above summary.We would greatly appreciate your continued financial support to our ministry, please do it through the Diocese of Fredericton.

TO DANATE NOW PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/13778

Or you can visit their website (www.anglican.nb.ca) then go to “give online now” for various ways to give.

  • Cheques should be made to “The Diocesan Synod of Fredericton” and sent to:
  • Anglican Diocesan Synod of Fredericton
  • 115 Church Street, Fredericton, NB E3B 4C8
  • Phone: (506) 459-1801
  • All donations should have “The Honduras Mission Fund” noted on the reference.We are very grateful to God for your prayers and financial support, as part of God’s plan for the church in Roatán.

Confirmations at Emmanuel Church, Roatan

On May 13th we were blessed by a visit from our Bishop Lloyd Allen to Emmanuel Church, and 14 people were confirmed. The congregation had a very good time with him; he only visits us every two or three years, so we enjoyed it.

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Stuccoing the walls at Emmanuel

We are grateful for the progress we have made with the stucco of the interior walls at Emmanuel Church. There is just one inside wall left and it will be done. We now have better interior facing walls.

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Please continue to pray for:

  1. Continued prayer support as are on deputation, especially the travelling around.
  2. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.
  3. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be finished stuccoing, and cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
  4. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
  5. For youth leadership, that God will provide someone to minister to and guide the young people.
  6. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Canada. A team from Port Perry, Ontario in 2019.
  7. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
  8. Kara’s ongoing work, along with another Priest, representing the Diocese of Honduras and working on a three-year program for youth ministry in our Province, which includes Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
  9. For Leadership for the Church in Roatán. Especially for those who were trained as Sunday School Teachers and helpers.

10.The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.

Thank you to all who have faithfully prayed and faithfully given to support this incredible work of ministering to the people in our congregations. Matthew 25:40: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Your prayers and continued support enable us to continue touching people’s lives with Jesus’ love.

May God continue to richly bless you.

Empowering the Church

Learning, Growing and Serving

Nelson and Kara Mejia

March/April Update 2018

Greetings from Roatán Episcopal/Anglican Church congregations.

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We are delighted to continue with the edition of the updates. We intend to make it a regular publication and to use it to keep you in touch with news and developments that relate to our ministry in Roatán Episcopal Church.

Once again, Easter provided a blessed time celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. From Thursday to Sunday we all enjoyed the services and activities.

February was really a busy moth. From the 10th to 17th we had an Eye Glasses Team from Dallas Texas; every day we went to a different village to deliver glasses to the poor people of Roatán. We went to Coxen Hole, West End Village (not the tourist area), Mud Hole, Corozal, Barrio los Fuertes and Punta Gorda, and we gave out about 300 pairs of glasses all together, including distance and reading glasses.

Thank you, David Pruessner and your team, for coming to Roatán to serve the poor.

Then from the 18th to the 23rd we had a team from Vancouver. Tracey Larter, Jared and Rev. Sean Love from St. John ANIC Church, came to Roatán to help us with Sunday School training, and to finish the office and the sacristy that at the moment we are using temporarily as Sunday School rooms. God is good.

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We have windows and after Holy Week we will install the doors.

Our next step is to stucco the inside walls of the church. In preparation for that, we as a congregation planned a fundraiser conference dinner on March 2nd; we hosted about 170 people, collecting almost $1,000 in Canadian dollars. God is good and we are ready to stucco a wall.

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On April 7th the Episcopal Church in Honduras will meet in Siguatepeque (my home town) for a Spiritual Revival, with the visit of our Primate, Bishop Michael Curry from the US Episcopal Church. This great event involves a full day of worship, preaching, and a lot of other activities. Please click on the link bellow.

On May 13th our Bishop Lloyd Allen will visit us to perform Confirmation and Receptions. We are looking forward to this special day of celebration.

Our deputation time is coming in May and June; this is an opportunity for us to meet new brothers and sisters but especially to see each other after three years, to share what the Lord has been doing.

Kara will travel to New Brunswick on April 23rd, and I will travel to New Brunswick on May 17th with Stephen and Kelly. Next, just I will meet churches and supporters in the Toronto area from May 31st to June 12th. Then I will join Kara and the children in NB. We will all leave NB for Roatan on July 6th.  If you would like to contact Gordon Thompson regarding our NB schedule, his email address is grthompson@rogers.com (Please note he in in Florida until April 15th). If you would like to contact Denys Reades regarding my Toronto-area schedule, his email address is denys_reades@golder.com.

Please continue to pray for:

  1. Continued prayer support as we plan our home deputation time, especially the travelling around.
  2. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.
  3. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be stuccoed, and cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
  4. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
  5. For youth leadership, that God will provide someone to minister to and guide the young people.
  6. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Canada. A team from Port Perry, Ontario in 2019.
  7. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
  8. Kara, who was selected with another Priest to represent the Diocese of Honduras at an event in the USA. This is to work on a three-year program for youth ministry in our Province, which includes Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
  9. For Leadership for the Church in Roatán. Especially for those ones that was trained as a Sunday School Teachers and helpers.
  10. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
  11. For the Spiritual Revival, with the visit of our Primate, Bishop Michael Curry from the USA Episcopal Church and the gathering of the all Episcopal Church of Honduras.

Thank you to all who have faithfully prayed and faithfully given to support this incredible work of ministering to the people in our congregations. Matthew 25:40: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Your prayers and continued support enable us to continue touching people’s lives with Jesus’ love.

May God continue to richly bless you.

Empowering the Church

Learning, Growing and Serving

Nelson and Kara Mejia

January 2018 Update

2017 was a significant year for our congregations in Roatan. It meant a lot to us to see our kids and all the children in our congregations growing physically and spiritually.

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For the past 11 years we have had the honour of serving our people in the Bay Island of Roatan, and being involved in ministry. Every year, our Lord has blessed us with joy and satisfaction in His service.

We are so grateful for all of you individuals, parishes and organizations who have contributed to our ministry and continue to partner with us in the Church in Roatan.

We celebrated Christmas, and at New Year we said good-bye to the previous year and began 2018 with many expectations for ourselves and the people we serve, knowing that God’s blessings will continue to flow.

Sadly, one of the places people live in Roatan is at the dump. There is actually an industrious group that collects recyclable products and sells them to make some money to support themselves. Others live nearby and every day they go to the dump to collect iron, plastic bottles, copper and anything that might still be profitable for them.

 

Over a hundred people go there, and between fifty and a hundred can be found there on a regular day.

Just before Christmas day we took the young boys and girls from the Episcopal Church and went to the dump to distribute Christmas baskets filled with basic products for the families kitchens. We also delivered baskets to the homes of poor families around Coxen Hole.

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So for yet another year our church experienced the blessing of giving to the less fortunate, in cooperation with Christ Church in Campbellton, St. Andrew’s in Dalhousie, and St. Mary’s in Robinsonville. Thanks to their generosity, many families had a Christmas baskets this year.

Our deputation time is coming next year (possibly May and June); this is an opportunity for you and us to see each other after three years and share what the Lord has been doing.

Please continue to support us financially as we are planning our home ministry time, and right now we are especially focused on paying for the flights to Canada.

Please continue to pray for:
1. Continued financial support as we plan our home deputation time, especially paying for the flights to Canada

  1. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord in Roatán, Honduras.
  2. For the political crisis in Honduras; January 27 is the inauguration of the elected president, and the opposition party is planning protests the week before this national event.
  3. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
  4. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
  5. Gerardo, our youth leader, that God will continue to use him to guide the young people.
  6. Short-term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Canada. Please pray for Tracey Larter from Vancouver who is planning to come to Roatan February 18th – 25th with a team of 3-4 people.
  7. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
  8. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
  9. Kara, who was selected with another Priest to represent the Diocese of Honduras at an event in the USA. This is to work on a three-year program for youth ministry in our Province, which includes Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
  10. For Leadership for the Church in Roatan.

Thank you very much for your prayers and continued support that enable us to continue touching people’s lives with Jesus’ love.

May God continue to richly bless you.

Empowering the Church
Learning, Growing and Serving
Nelson and Kara Mejia

December Update 2017

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Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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We live in a world that increasingly shows us a corrupted legal system, intimidation, secularization, socialism, political correctness, multiculturalism and traditions once so precious but now lost or in the process of being lost. The good news is that God can always turn things around for the good of all people.

Still, hundreds of millions globally will celebrate the true purpose of Christmas—Jesus Christ, His love, and His incarnation and what that means for every person living, whether for something good or not, but what I can say is Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Jesus is the true Reason to celebrate.

For sure we will celebrate Christmas in Roatan, but we are praying that this can be possible for every person in Honduras.  Following the national elections on November 26, a political crisis has arisen in Honduras, and for the last two weeks we have been waiting for the election results, since there have been days of great fear, uncertainly and anxiety. Our government has suspended constitutional rights and imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am, in order to keep everyone in the country safe. A few people have died, businesses have been robbed and vandalized, and protesters have caused mounting tension in the last two weeks. The situation with protesters has made moving through the city’s streets difficult because they have erected barricades of burning tires.

We expect the Electoral Supreme Tribunal will give us a final result on December 23-25, but I am sure that no matter who the winner is, the other party will not be happy, and then I don’t know what is going to happen.

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Please pray that every family in Honduras can find, even in the midst of a political crisis, a moment to celebrate the very true meaning of Christmas.

At Emmanuel in Coxen Hole and St. Peter’s in Brick Bay, we continue with all our usual activities, and are at this moment preparing to celebrate Jesus at Christmas.

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There is a tradition in Latin American countries to recognize a girl’s 15th birthday with a big celebration. It is a great ceremony somewhat like a big wedding, and can even take place at church. Angie is a girl who just turned 15, and we helped her to get together 14 young couples and 3 small ones, to perform the ceremony on December 9. Thirty-six people took part in the ceremony. God is good and provided for Angie’s parents to celebrate her 15th birthday.

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Our deputation time is coming next year (possibly May and June); this is an opportunity for you and us to see each other after three years and share what the Lord has been doing.

Please continue to support us financially as we are planning our home ministry time, and right now we are especially focused on paying for the flights to Canada.

+Please continue to pray for:
1. Continued financial support as we plan our deputation time, especially paying for the flights to Canada

  1. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.
  2. For the political crisis in Honduras, the election November 26.
  3. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
  4. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
  5. Gerardo, our youth leader, that God will continue to use him to guide the young people.
  6. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Canada. Please pray for Tracey Larter from Vancouver who is planning to come to Roatan February 18th -25th with a team of 3-4 people.
  7. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
  8. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
  9. Kara, who was selected with another Priest to represent the Diocese of Honduras at an event in the USA. This is to work on a three-year program for youth ministry in our Province, which includes Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
  10. . For Leadership for the Church in Roatan.

Thank you very much for your prayers and continued support that enable us to continue touching people life’s with Jesus love.

For unto us a child was born
The Messiah who saves the world
May your Christmas be great as ever in the light of the Savior’s love!

May God continue to richly bless you.

Empowering the Church
Learning, Growing and Serving
Nelson and Kara Mejia

Update, October 2017

The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts. Haggai 2:9

For the past 11 years we have had the privilege of serving our people in the Bay Island of Roatan, watching Stephen (Grade 10) and Kelly (Grade 5) grow, and being involved in ministry. Year after year, our Lord has blessed us with joy and satisfaction in His service.

We are so grateful for all of you individuals, parishes and organizations that have contributed to our ministry and continue to partner with us in the Church in Roatan.

Our deputation time is coming next year (possibly May and June); this is an opportunity for you and us to see each other after three years and share what the Lord has been doing.

Please continue to support us financially as we are planning our home ministry time, and right now we are especially focused on paying for the flights to Canada. Our travel agency was celebrating their anniversary and let us know about a great discount, so we managed to put down half the ticket price ($2800 USD); this way we will save about $2000. This was great. Thanks be to God!

+We always celebrate baptisms on the beach (it is very hard to say no) so we went to Las Palmas a few minutes from our church to baptize 9 parishioners, adults and children. Emil, Antonio, Andrea, Jeimy, Joarys, Jafet, Marisol, Wendy and Tania became a new Christians and a part of the great family of God. Congratulations to all of them as they continue growing and serving the Lord our Saviour.

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+One of the greatest activities that the youth, adults and children have experienced was to go out on the streets in Coxen Hole with banners to stop the automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and people walking around and to pray for them for a minute. We were surprised how many cars and people stopped to receive prayer. The request was, “Give me one minute for God!” We went for just two hours and it really touched our congregation. Praise the Lord.

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+ The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former. This was the theme as we celebrated the 4th Anniversary of our congregation, A band come from the church in Tegucigalpa to lead the worship, and our Dean the Rev. Nery Varela preached and Norbeliza Garcia shared a great testimony. Both are from the church in La Ceiba, across the ocean. We experienced a really good weekend in God’s presence.

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+Just the last Sunday of September we participated in the Bible Day parade and walked around Coxen Hole. We met all the different denominations on the walk that day and, at the end, worshipped in a united service at the stadium. The church needs to be one in serving the Lord.

+Mission Opportunity at the Episcopal Church in Roatan.
You are still invited! Now is the time to prepare, spiritually and financially, for a Short Tern Mission Team. If God is calling you and your church to mission, The Episcopal Church in Roatan formally invites you to organize a team, come down and experience the same God in a different culture, but especially to come and spend time with many of our parishioners.
There is opportunity to minister or work in construction, VBS (Vacation Bible School), teaching, evangelism, home visitation, jail visitation, dump visitation and other areas.
Please contact Rev. Nelson and Kara Mejia (revnelsonmejia@yahoo.com) who are ready to help you begin the process and decide what kind of project you can do.

 +Please continue to pray for:
1. Continued financial support as we are planning our deputation time, especially paying for the flights to Canada

  1. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.
  2. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
    4. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
    5. Gerardo, our youth leader, that God will continue to use him to guide the young people.
    6. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Canada.
    7. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
    8. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
    9. Kara, who was selected with another Priest to represent the Diocese of Honduras at an event in the USA. This is to work on a three-year program for youth ministry in our Province, which includes Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
    10. For Leadership for the Church in Roatan.

Thank you very much for your prayers and continued support that enable us to continue in this ministry.

May God continue to richly bless you.

Empowering the Church
Learning, Growing and Serving
Nelson and Kara Mejia

Update July 2017
Sing to the Lord, praise his name, and proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Psalm 96: 2-3
One of the most important things we do it is to glorify God in all we do. We give thanks to God especially for all of you and the inspiration you are, how you encourage us to continue ministering among all peoples.

Mission Opportunity at the Episcopal Church in Roatan.
Now is the time to prepare, spiritually and financially, for a Short Tern Mission Team. If God is calling you and your church to mission, The Episcopal Church in Roatan formally invites you to organize a team, come down and experience the same God in a different culture, but especially to come and spend time with many of our parishioners.
There is opportunity to minister or work in construction, VBS (Vacation Bible School), teaching, evangelism, home visitation, jail visitation, dump visitation and other areas.
Please contact Rev. Nelson and Kara Mejia revnelsonmejia@yahoo.com who are ready to help you begin the process and decide what kind of project you can do.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in Honduras everywhere by educational institutions, hospitals, churches, businesses and all other organizations. At the Episcopal Church the men took the opportunity to honour all the women at the church on the day; we surprised them with beautiful decorations and music. Then, after they had enjoyed a delicious dinner, a special guest singer came out when they least expected it and sang live special music for them that they all really enjoyed. Everybody enjoyed this, and it was a great blessing for the men who helped to make the day special.

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As we do every year, we participated in the Diocesan Convention May 26-27. This event was an opportunity for our congregations’ delegates to engage with other Episcopalians in Honduras, and also for us to see the rest of the clergy that we don’t normally see.

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Then as a family we stayed in Siguatepeque, my home town, visiting my parents and other family members.
Stephen is going into Grade 10 and Kelly to Grade 5; we are so proud of them. Time goes fast.

 

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On June 18 we organized a Graduation for 13 kids from 7-13 years old that for three months received the discipleship training called The Great Adventure. We gave them an illustrated New Testament and a Diploma. During this time they learned about 12 different things about Jesus, and memorized 12 Bible verses, one per week. They were very happy to participate in the Great Adventure Course.

 

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Please continue to pray for:
1. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.
2. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
3. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
4. Nelson, who was asked by the Bishop to be part of a team helping those entering into the ordination process.
5. Gerardo, our youth leader, that God will continue to use him to guide the young people.
6. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Canada.
7. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
8. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
9. Kara, who was selected with another Priest to represent the Diocese of Honduras at an event in the USA. This is to work on a three-year program for youth ministry in our Province, which includes Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
10. For Leadership for the Church in Roatan

Thank you very much for your prayers and continued support that enable us to continue in this ministry.

May God continue to richly bless you.

Empowering the Church
Learning, Growing and Serving
Nelson and Kara Mejia

  •                    April 2017 Update

                                                              Emmanuel 7

    Once more we have the privilege of sharing with you about the ministry
    God has called us to through the Episcopal Church in Roatan Bay Island.
    We are very thankful for your faithful support that allows us to continue with
    our ministry.
    The Cursillo weekend is one of the evangelistic tools we use to bring men
    and women before Christ, and just recently I had the privilege of serving as
    a spiritual director at a Cursillo weekend with an attendance of 84
    candidates.
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    It was a blessing for our congregation to have the opportunity
    to send four men to attend this event. Now the women are waiting to attend
    their Cursillo in July or August.
    The last Sunday of February we celebrated a children’s party at both
    congregations, Emmanuel and St. Peter. This included activities for kids of
    different ages: music, prayer, games, food, a present and, the most
    important thing- the gospel presentation for all the kids.

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    This was an activity
    that was on in every local church in Roatan, on the same day and at the
    same hour. Our goal was to bring to Jesus all the kids and adults who
    attended the event.
    We began Lent calling our congregations to observe a very spiritual time
    even if we live on a paradisiac island that provides many opportunities to
    distract us from the true meaning of Lent and Holy Week.
    Lent
    Thousands of tourists, locally and internationally, are coming to Roatan for Holy Week, because this is considered a time to take a vacation and relax and not to
    become closer to God.
    We encourage our congregations to attend all the services from Holy
    Wednesday to Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection.
    On May 26-27 we will celebrate the Diocesan Convention on the mainland,
    and two members from Roatan churches will participate with us.
    We are making great progress on the windows; we expect to finish them
    soon. These are glass windows and very soon we will have enclosed the
    church building.
    At the beginning of the year we had the blessing of a visit from Tracey
    Larter from Vancouver. She taught English at Emmanuel church based on
    the book of Esther. She also helped us to build a fence to protect the
    church property, and planted some flowers by the front of the building.
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    So far this year we have had a few Canadians visit Roatan on a cruise from
    Toronto and from Newfoundland. It is always a blessing to meet friends of
    our friends in Canada.
    Please continue to pray for:
    1. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve
    the Lord on Roatán, Honduras. At this point, we are almost half way
    through our three year agreement with the Diocese of Fredericton! We
    give thanks for your faithful support of us, our family and our work over this
    past year through the Diocese of Fredericton. However, it ended up slightly
    short of what is needed. Please pray that our financial support going
    forward will stay firm and increase enough to cover our needs.
    2. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole – windows are being installed.
    Give thanks that a Canadian from Toronto is giving funds to finish the rose
    window facing the street. And pray for the remaining installation stages:
    walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles, to
    stucco the walls and to do the floor.
    3. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in
    Coxen Hole.
    4. Nelson, who was asked by the Bishop to be part of a team helping
    those entering into the ordination process.
    5. Gerardo, our youth leader, that God will continue to use him to guide
    the young people.
    6. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near
    future from Canada.
    7. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
    8. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-
    sufficiency by the end of 2019.
    9. Kara, who was selected with another priest to represent the Diocese of
    Honduras at an event in the USA. This is to work on a three-year program
    for youth ministry in our Province, which includes Honduras, Ecuador,
    Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Dominican Republic.
    Thank you very much for your prayers and continued support that enable
    us to continue in this ministry.
    May God continue to richly bless you.
    Empowering the Church
    Learning, Growing and Serving
    Nelson and Kara Mejia

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January 2017 Update

We have been so wonderfully blessed in our ministry over the past year and 2017 is a significant year for our congregations, Emmanuel in Coxen Hole and St. Peter in Brick Bay.

For the past 10 years we have had the honour of serving our people in the Bay Island of Roatan, watching Stephen and Kelly grow, and being involved in ministry. Year after year, our Lord has blessed us with joy and satisfaction in His service.

We are so grateful for all of you individuals, parishes and organizations that have contributed to our ministry and continue to partner with us in the Church in Roatan.

We celebrated Christmas, and at New Year we said good-bye to the previous year and we began 2017 with many expectations. We know God’s blessings will continue to flow.

Before Christmas Eve, we delivered Christmas baskets with groceries and toys to the less fortunate, thanks to Christ Church in Campbellton, St. Andrew’s in Dalhousie, and St. Mary’s in Robinsonville. Thanks to their generosity, many children had a Christmas present this year.

The Emmanuel congregation prepared 150 tamales (a traditional meal in the Christmas season) and we went to the garbage dump, the jail, and to alcoholics on the street to share tamales with them. They all expressed gratitude for our presence and said, “We hope this is not your first and last visit. Thank you very much for sharing tamales with us!”

We held our second Christmas dinner on December 29th. Both congregations met together as the body of Christ to worship, share and give thanks to the Most High for every blessing. We received spiritual nourishment for our souls and we fed our physical bodies with a delicious dinner. We spent a wonderful time together.

We are grateful for all that God has done for us, and are looking forward to all the blessings God has in store for us in 2017. Join us in praying for God’s grace and mercy throughout the year ahead.

Once more, we thank you for all your support. We will continue to keep you in our prayers and ask that you continue to pray for us and our ministry.

Please continue to pray for:

  1. Nelson as he serves as Spiritual Director for the next Cursillo weekend to be held this coming January 18-22.
  2. Nelson, who was asked by the Bishop to be part of a team helping those entering into the ordination process.
  3. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
  4. Gerardo, our youth leader, that God will continue to use him to guide the young people.
  5. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.
  6. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole – windows will be installed. Give thanks that a Canadian from Toronto is giving funds to finish the rose window facing the street. And pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles, to stucco the walls and to do the floor.
  7. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from New Brunswick parishes.
  8. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
  9. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.

Thank you very much for your prayers and continued support that enable us to continue in this ministry.

May God continue to richly bless you.
Empowering the Church

Learning, Growing and Serving

Nelson and Kara Mejia

December 2016 Update

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We would like to start by saying thank you to all of you who made possible so many wonderful things throughout 2016 in our ministry. In a few days we will celebrate Christmas and then say goodbye to 2016 and welcome a New Year.

We have been so wonderfully blessed in our ministry over the past year. We are excited to share that the church roof is completed and doors and windows to be installed soon. (Windows are not installed yet.)

We want to especially thank all the teams from New Brunswick and Ontario who have made a tremendous effort in supporting the construction from the beginning. We are so grateful, too, for all the individuals, parishes and organizations that have contributed and continue to partner with Emmanuel Church in Roatan.

We continue to support the married couples in our church; on the last week of November some members of our congregation participated in a marriage conference.

A family member received a home with the support of a USA team (for those who remember Will, he is the church member that guided the roof building installation). For a number of years he and his family were moving from place to place, but thank God, finally they moved to their own house. Praise the Lord!

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Some of the primary school aged children from our church participated in a children’s ministry program, “The Great Adventure”, for three months, and then received a certificate of participation. We believe in providing Christian education geared to our children to build a stronger future church.

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What is happening this Christmas Season?

  • First, the youth led the service Sunday 18th – they performed a drama, and a 14 year old preached. All of them took part in the service, a way of being involved in leadership.
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  • Before Christmas Eve, we will deliver Christmas baskets with groceries and toys to the less fortunate, thanks to Christ Church in Campbellton, St. Andrew’s in Dalhousie, and St. Mary’s in Robinsonville, N.B. Thanks to their generosity, many children will have a Christmas present this year.
  • We have a new member in the worship team: Lanicay is ready to sing.

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  • At Emmanuel Church in Coxen Hole we will hold Christmas Services on the 24th at 7:00 pm, and in Brick Bay Church on the 25th at 7:00 pm, and any members from either of the two parishes will come to those services.

We are planning a Christmas Dinner on the 29th of December. Both congregations will meet together as the body of Christ to worship, share and give thanks to the Most High for every blessing.

The end of year services will go till midnight to welcome in the new year, a tradition we have here on the Island. We plan to worship together and will prepare some drama, songs and other activities to share together as we wait for the new year to arrive.

We are grateful for all that God has done for us, and are looking forward to all the blessings God has in store for us in 2017. Join us in praying for God’s grace and mercy throughout the year ahead.

Once more, we thank you for all your support. We will continue to keep you in our prayers and ask that you continue to pray for us and our ministry.

Please continue to pray for:

  1. Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.2. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.3. Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from New Brunswick parishes and other provinces in Canada.

    4. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole – we hope to install the windows down each side next. Please pray for funds to complete the remaining stages: windows at the front of the church, walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.

    5. Gerardo, our youth leader, that God will continue to use him to guide the young people.

    6. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.

    7. Nelson, who was asked by the Bishop to be part of a team helping those entering into the ordination process.

    8. Nelson, who was asked by the Cursillo Committee to be the Spiritual Director for the next Cursillo weekend to be held January 18-22, 2017.

  2. Kara, whose uncle just passed away in New Brunswick.10. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.11. Our next project – building multiuse rooms for church activities and social projects: Sewing, Sunday School, kitchen, and possible daycare project, to support families that need someone to care for their kids when they are at work.

    Thank you very much for your prayers and continued support that enable us to continue in this ministry.

    May God continue to richly bless you.

Empowering the Church

Learning, Growing and Serving

Nelson and Kara Mejia