March/April Update 2018
Greetings from Roatán Episcopal/Anglican Church congregations.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com.
Please continue to pray for:
- Continued prayer support as we plan our home deputation time, especially the travelling around.
- Continued financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord on Roatán, Honduras.
- 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.
- Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
- For youth leadership, that God will provide someone to minister to and guide the young people.
- Short term mission teams who plan to come to Roatán in the near future from Canada. A team from Port Perry, Ontario in 2019.
- Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
- 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 Roatán. Especially for those ones that was trained as a Sunday School Teachers and helpers.
- The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
- 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