Update November 2016
We are nearing the end of 2016, and something that we can say is that: The power of the Holy Spirit is always with us. Looking forward to the next year our plans are to focus on finishing our church building, and to continue empowering the congregation as the Lord has commanded us.
At the end of August we celebrated our 3rd anniversary since we moved to this property to hold the first service under a tree. We invited a few people from another deanery to preach, two clergy and two lay people. The teaching was on the theme: Destined to Win.
We had a wonderful time together and the congregation was blessed by them spiritually and experienced inner healing. It was great to have their ministry.
Every year on September 10th we celebrate Children’s Day in Honduras. This is a big celebration in every city, town, organization, school and especially church. At Emmanuel in Coxen Hole and St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, the children enjoyed breaking the popular piñata, ate a delicious lunch followed by cake and received candies, so the kids in our churches really enjoyed the day.
On September 20th we held a Marriage Conference to support our families, especially the couples in our church. We invited some married couples from another church to come too. We talked about the Five languages of Love in Marriage. It was really enjoyable and helpful for our couples, especially as we know that many of them are just living together, and we expect to celebrate a wedding very soon.
On the last Sunday of September we celebrated Bible Day in Honduras. In Roatan we participated in a parade for an hour and then participated in united worship in an open field.
It is interesting that in 1549 Bishop Thomas Cranmer (Reformer) had the idea of celebrating World Bible Day the second Sunday in December and this was being done in Latin America in September by the year 1569.Then another Anglican Bishop, Stephen Langton, divided the Bible into chapters to facilitate our Bible reading.
We finished the installation of the doors at Emmanuel Church, thanks to New Song Church in Port Perry, Ontario, who donated the money to complete them.
Our church building has been improving little by little this year, but we know that the most important thing is to grow spiritually and in number. This month we will start installing windows on one side of the church and on the other side we will install rebar to close the building completely. The reason is that just recently robbers came into our church building and stole our chairs.
At the end of October we had our Clergy Conference on the North Coast of Honduras. Bishop Lloyd Allen invited a group of people from the USA, who taught about the Holy Spirit, how to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, the gift of the Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit, and how we can continue to practice using our gifts and teach our congregation to use them effectively.
Please continue to pray for:
- 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 from different parishes who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Ontario and from New Brunswick or any other provinces in Canada.
4. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole – half of the windows to be installed. And for the remaining stages: walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
5. Gerardo and Cindy, our youth leaders, that God can continue to use them to guide the young people.
5. Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
6. Nelson, who was asked by the Bishop to be part of a team helping those entering into the ordination process.
7. Nelson who was asked by the Cursillo Committee to be the Spiritual Director for the next Cursillo weekend January 18-22, 2017.
8. Our family, especially for Stephen and Kelly as they continue at school. Pray for another good year for them.
9. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
10. Provision to finish the windows, to stucco the walls and to do the floor.
11. The next project building multiuse rooms and apartments for teams, and to rent occasionally.
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