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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

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

  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 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

August 2016 update

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All denominations worship together in Roatan

We can’t believe half of 2016 it has gone already; it reminds us that Jesus’ coming is closer and we need to be ready any time.

We continue with our ministry, and experience God’s presence through the Holy Spirit every day as we walk together as the body of Christ.

On July 16, four children and three adults were baptized and became spiritual members of the great family of God. We organized a trip to West Bay beach, where we held a service and brought them into the water to be baptized.

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Also three adults renewed their baptismal vows.

It was amazing to see the joy on their faces on this special occasion.

Cursillo weekend is one of the amazing events we organize every year in the Episcopal Church.  Eight women from Roatan had the privilege of participating in this event. They came back July 25, filled with the Holy Spirit and ready to continue growing in Jesus Christ. Also, the Rev. Kara Thompson was the Spiritual Director and worked on all the preparations for this Cursillo. It was a great blessing for her and all the teams members to be used by the Holy Spirit to help 47 women come closer to Jesus, and now all of them are back home in their parishes, making a difference. Praise the Lord.

On July 17 we celebrated Friend Day at church. This is a day on which members of our congregation are encouraged to invite a friend and relatives to join us in a worship service. The friends who are invited for that day are not official members of any church but are potential members in the near future.

After Friend Day we as a ministers and the person who invited the friend go to visit every friend that came that day. Our goal is that 20% of all the invited people stay with us and become members of our local church so we can worship together.

Looking ahead to 2019, it is the year when our Bishop Lloyd Allen has called the Episcopal Church of Honduras to be self-sufficient, as the USA will end their support for us as a Missionary Diocese. At the moment as the Episcopal Church of Honduras we generate only 65% of our annual budget. For this reason every deanery had a meeting to make plans to reach this goal for 2019. On July 22 members of every church in our Deanery met in the city of La Ceiba.

 

We participated in an ecumenical event, an evangelistic crusade, July 29-30.  Christians from all denominations and non-Christians met together at the stadium of Roatan to worship Jesus, and many received Him as their Lord and saviour. It was great to meet together and worship and praise the Lord.

We are grateful that in two weeks we will start installing doors in the church building, after a long process getting the wood from the mainland, and it has taken about two months for the furniture shop to make it.  Thanks to God and to those who provided the funds.

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 that are planning to come to Roatán next year from Ontario and from New Brunswick.
  4. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole – doors are ordered and are to be installed by middle of August.
  5. Gerardo and Cindy, our youth leaders that God has called to take responsibility for guiding 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 Committed to be the Spiritual Director for the next Cursillo weekend January 19-22,
  9. For our family, especially for Stephen and Kelly as they go back to school in two weeks. Pray for another good year for them.
  10. 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.

Nelson and Kara Mejia

Empowering the Church.

Learning, Growing and Serving.

Bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God

Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

As we shared with you before, we certainly experienced a Holy Week and Easter under our new roof; what a blessing to continue receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost with the improving of our Church building. We feel so very blessed! Thank you to all of you who have contributed with your financial and physical support and most of all, your prayers.

At the end of April we ordered all the doors for the church building, and we expect these to be installed by the end of July.

We also plan to order the windows very soon and to complete the rest  of the construction, which includes:

  • stucco the interior and exterior walls
  • pour concrete floors
  • install ceramic floor tiles
  • some electrical work, and
  • painting

As you can see, we still have quite a bit of work to do before the church is completed.

On May 8 we celebrated Mother’s Day and also had a special pastoral visit from our Bishop Lloyd Allen, who confirmed six members and received one as an Episcopalian.

We had the privilege of participating with a member of each congregation in the National Synod that took place in Tegucigalpa on May 28.

After this our family of four took the opportunity, while we were on the mainland, to visit my (Nelson’s) family in my hometown, Siguatepeque. At the same time I (Nelson) was invited to preach at my home church. This was a privilege.

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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. Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
  3. Short Term mission teams that are planning to come to Roatán next year from Ontario.
  4. The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole – doors are ordered and are to be installed by the end of July.
  5. Gerardo and Cindy, our youth leaders that God has called to take responsibility for guiding 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. An evangelistic outreach that will take place in Roatán (July 29-30) and all the churches involved, that many can be healed, be freed, and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. A ministry team from the USA is coming to partner with the churches in Roatán.
  9. The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.2019

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.

Nelson and Kara Mejia

Empowering the Church.

Learning, Growing and Serving.

Roof installation completed, Update 2016

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 Romans 8:28 says:

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

We were preparing to celebrate Christmas with carols, dramas, and other activities.  At the same time we were doing preliminary work as we prepared to welcome and work with the Miramichi Worldwide Team from New Brunswick, Canada. They arrived January 27th.

In this context, celebrating Jesus’ birth, waiting for the roof materials, saying goodbye to 2015 and preparing to receive the new year of 2016 with great anticipation, we had some crushing news. On January 4th we were told that the boat transporting our roof materials had not been able to leave the port of La Ceiba, and had gotten stuck in the sand, collapsing with all of the materials.

God is faithful and answered your prayers and ours, so that in less than two weeks we had reordered half the materials to start the roof project together with the Miramichi team, and then in the fourth week in February we ordered the rest of the materials.

We experienced a wonderful time with both teams in turn – the Miramichi World Wide team from New Brunswick and the New Song Church from Port Perry, Ontario. We shared together, worked together, worshiped together, and were two churches together, two nations together with one purpose, increasing the Kingdom of God on earth, and giving the glory to the Most High and Holy One.

We thank God and both teams that came down to Roatan and gave us a hand and made it possible to strengthen our relationship between their churches and our congregation here.

We would like to thank Tracey Larter from Vancouver who came to Roatan for a week to teach English and the Bible from February 7th -14th and Anne Marie Le Grand (Petit Etang, NS) who both made considerable donations to replace the roof materials. We thank all of you individuals and parishes, who enabled us to continue with our Roatan Church project.

Our roof is complete. We began on January 20th with the Miramichi Team and we finished on March 18th , a day before the team from New Song church left. One more stage is done; Praise God! Now we are ready to continue with doors and windows.

We certainly experienced a Holy Week under our roof; what a blessing.

Please continue to pray for our ministry and for God to continue to provide for us in all that He has called us to do.

May God continue to Bless you All.

 

Nelson and Kara Mejia

Empowering the Church

Learning, Growing and Serving.

Does God Answer Prayer? Emmanuel Church, Coxen Hole, Roatan, Honduras

BArco Hundido

On January 4th, the boat taking the steel sections for the roof of Emmanuel Church, Coxen Hole, foundered, along with another boat, while leaving La Ceiba, on the north coast of Honduras for the island of Roatan, about 50 km to the north. Some light material was taken off, but high waves blew up overnight and most of the steel (and a car) were washed overboard. The boat then drifted ashore (see the left hand photo), where any remaining steel sections were stolen.

This seemed to be tragedy, especially as it had been hoped to start construction on the roof before the arrival of another Canadian Short Term Team from Miramichi in New Brunswick on January 27th to help the local Hondurans with the construction of the roof.

Nelson had enough money for a deposit for the company in El Salvador to fabricate new steel sections, but not enough to pay the balance due. There was much prayer, but also action! An e-blast went out across Canada from SAMS Canada on January 8th to past supporters of the Revs Kara & Nelson Mejia, asking for prayer, and if possible, donations. Two people (one from Nova Scotia and one from B.C.) each gave $5,000. The retired donor from Nova Scotia told me, “You asked at the right time. I was going to go to the bank to transfer $5,000 to my TFSA, but instead I will send it to Roatan.” The Cdn $10,000 was forwarded to Honduras on January 13th.

By January 21st, the new steel sections were at the site of the church. The Miramichi team arrived January 27th. By February 5th (one month after the shipwreck), four of the main roof trusses had been welded together on-site (right hand photo)!

There have been many answers to prayer during this project, including several while the St. Bride’s (Mississauga) Short Term Team was there. It is often a combination of urgent prayer and prayerful action! However, the chief response after any of these events is to Thank and Praise the Lord!

 

Denys Reades

Co-chair, SAMS Canada