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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: or SAMS Canada:

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:

SAMS Canada

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 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:, 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:

  • Our financial support, which makes possible our ministry on the Island of Roatán,
  • Both our congregations: Brick Bay and especially for our church in Coxen Hole to reach out to others near the site so they can come to our church and worship God.
  • Funding to continue the construction through 2015 and for the participation of short-term teams from Canada and the USA.

 Please share this blog with your parish and your friends:

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