September 2018 Update
Stand up and shine (Levantate y Resplandece) was the theme for the fifth anniversary celebrations at the Emmanuel Episcopal Community, and both congregations met together and worshipped the Most High, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The theme of our celebrations was the passage Isaiah 60:1. Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Saturday we preached this message: “Your current condition does not determine your prophetic destiny.”
And on Sunday the message was “Raising a powerful church”.
It is not about coming to church to preach a very good sermon, or having good worship, or fellowship, it is about how to fish, how our people can be an example in the community; it is about learning, empowering and serving the people in need in this sinful world. We are raising a powerful church with God´s help, and our expectations are that this new generation can make a difference in the schools, colleges, homes, marriages, work and everywhere they go. It is five years now since we started Emmanuel Church, and it was and is a great blessing to serve the Lord on the Bay Island of Roatan.
A warm welcome to the Rev. Robert Browning from New Jersey USA. He just retired as a priest from the Episcopal Church in the USA and now is moving to Roatan to settle here.
He will help us with our ministry. As you can see, a minister never retires. Please pray for the Rev. Robert (Bob) in his new journey that God will guide him in this new stage in his life. Welcome to Emmanuel Church.
A powerful letter: A 10-year-old wrote a letter to a couple in Miramichi N.B. to thank them for their help buying school supplies and for some presents they had sent. The little girl wrote that her dream was to visit them some time in the future. Guess what? This couple is going to make this dream a reality and Joarys (10) and her sister Grissel (17) will go visit them in Miramichi. This month we are starting the process of getting their passports, and arranging English classes, and we will start applying for Canadian and USA visas for them. Please pray for Joarys and Grissel and the whole application process. They are parishioners of Emmanuel Church. If you have a contact person in the Canadian Embassy in Guatemala who can help with this, please let me know.
Financial appeal: We are faced with the challenge of a deficit in our funding that has not yet been reversed. In fact, it now stands at $2,685.00. We value your prayers for this situation. Please consider sending a special gift for our support through the Diocese of Fredericton.
To donate now, please click on the following link:
Or you can visit the Diocese of Fredericton website (www.anglican.nb.ca) then go to “Donate” for various ways to give online. Be sure to select “Honduras Mission Fund”.
Cheques should be made payable to “The Diocesan Synod of Fredericton” and sent to: Anglican Diocesan Synod of Fredericton, 115 Church Street, Fredericton, NB E3B 4C8
Phone: (506) 459-1801
All cheques should have “Honduras Mission” noted on the reference line.
We greatly appreciate your prayer and financial support to date and trust that you will continue to support us.
Please continue to pray for:
- Continued and stable financial support for the next three 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 finished stuccoing, and cement concrete for the floor and ceramic tiles.
- Our congregations: St. Peter by the Sea in Brick Bay, and Emmanuel in Coxen Hole.
- Please pray for the Rev. Robert Browning who is moving to Roatan and for this new stage in his life.
- For Joarys and Grissel and the process for getting their USA and Canadian visas to visit Canada.
- 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 New Song Church in Port Perry and St. Bride’s Church in Mississauga in March 2019.
- Spiritual and practical outreach in the local communities.
- For leadership for the Church in Roatán.
- The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency by the end of 2019.
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