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.
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.
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
- Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord in Roatán, Honduras.
- 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.
- The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: walls to be stuccoed, cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
- Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
- Gerardo, our youth leader, that God will continue to use him to guide the young people.
- 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.
- Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
- The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
- 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.
- 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