I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5, NIV)
Every week, every month we spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ with passion and care for the souls in these difficult times the world is facing. Without your support and specially your prayers, our ministry will not have the spiritual impact that now we are able to. Thank you very much for partnering with us.
The end of the year is close and many things have happened all through 2018. We are pleased to continue to the end of this year as we make plans for Roatán Church Ministry in 2019.
We finally finished the stucco of the interior walls of Emmanuel Church. We thank our congregations for their tremendous effort in this completion. Now we will continue praying and working for the floor concrete and ceramic tiles.
Teach Them to Fish Micro Industry Mission is a mission of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. For over 10 years, they have been coming to churches in our diocese of Honduras to teach various skills, crafts and business practices to the people so they can support themselves. The model is fairly simple. They teach the people in Mississippi the skills they need to teach the people in Honduras and then they go and teach. The items that they make while teaching in Mississippi are sold and the money collected is used to send supplies and people to Honduras. They have very recently sent a member of their team to live and work with the people in Honduras on a permanent basis to further reinforce the connection between the dioceses. The ultimate goal of the mission is to train enough people in Honduras so that they can, in turn, train even more people to support themselves and create a stable community of cooperative people and businesses.
At the Episcopal Church in Roatan we recently started teaching the skill of manufacturing glass. The name of the Micro Industry is “ROATAN GLASS ART” and it is part of a self-sufficiency project for the church in Roatan, but the most important thing is to support the women and men and help them to earn an income by “Teaching Them to Fish”.
At the moment we are making crosses, and we will make bracelets, earrings, necklaces and much more. We will be teaching them how to fuse, paint, stain, and blow the glass.
Please see the photo show and, if you are interested in supporting this project by buying a product, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this update to make your order.
We are very excited that before the year end we will have our worship music team at Emmanuel, with piano, guitar, bass guitar and drums; a few months ago we started teaching and training and we believe that by the Christmas season we will be all set. We are in the process of getting second hand instruments or new ones for the kids to learn.
We are in the process of starting an English-speaking congregation on the east part of the island. This new ministry will be led by the Rev. Robert Browning, who is a retired priest ministering with us. Through this ministry we will be able to reach out to expats, and to any English-speaking people in eastern Roatan.
In addition, the Rev. Robert Browning has started teaching English classes every week for children and adults to support their skills and to make it easier to get jobs in Roatán. Speaking English is very important for the new generation. It not just about spiritual growth, but also about well-rounded development in every aspect of life, to allow each youth to be a better person in a real-life context.
Most of the people in Brick Bay met for a worship service, so this little church building was really full. Praise God and may all the glory go to Him.
Nelson will represent the Episcopal Dioceses of Honduras on a Church Planting Conference taking place in Miami, Florida from November 6-9. Please pray for it, and you will hear more about this in our next update.
On the financial side, we continue to be very positive and to pray and praise God with faith and thanksgiving. We also ask you to continue to pray about our finances and that in the new year our support will stabilize and be sufficient to cover our needs.
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: 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 has moved to Roatan and for his new ministry to English-speakers.
- 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 March 7-14, 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.
This prayer is one of the oldest poems in the Bible. It is a beautiful way to say thank you to someone for their love and care:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, ESV)
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