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
We give all glory and honor to the Lord for your partnering with us. Without your support and especially your prayers, our ministry would never have been possible. We give our heartfelt special thanks to all of you for your sacrificial giving.
From June 14th to 16th I was invited to a Conference called Proclaim, in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Proclaim is a worship, preaching and teaching event that Anglican families from different locations in Honduras attend to be reaffirmed in their learning and especially their relationship with God. I preached on the theme ¨It is the Time¨. It was a blessing to be part of this conference.
We continue organizing our worship band; Kelvin (teacher) is working with them and now they are leading the music at every service. They make mistakes, but that´s the way they will learn. We are proud of them for the work and ministry they are developing in the church. There is potential!
On the spiritual side, we finished the discipleship course on Spiritual Maturity, and a group of 16 people received a certificate of participation; praise the Lord. At present we continue teaching and empowering with Leaders that Conquer, A new discipleship course.
On June 25th a community choir from St. John´s Newfoundland, Canada arrived in Roatán on a cruise, and performed a few songs at Emmanuel Episcopal/Anglican Church. It was a great blessing to meet them and enjoy their singing. Also our music team sang a couple of songs in Spanish. After the musical performance we went for lunch at our famous local restaurant, Bojangles, then we toured around the eastern part of the Bay Island.
Things have not been rather unsettling politically. To quote a local news source (Agencia EFE):
“Protests . . . by teachers and doctors against ostensible plans to privatize education and health care led to disturbances in different cities of Honduras.
“Educators and medical professionals went forward with the strike despite President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s approval of a decree purporting to ensure that the proposed overhauls of schools and health care would not lead to privatization.”
In other words, our education and health systems were at risk of being privatized, and this upset many people, who did not really believe the government when it changed its mind about privatizing.
Last week the students from Grades 1-12 returned to school after almost two months without classes. Teachers said they will work an extra month to cover what they had not taught during the protests.
In the middle of June we took our kids to visit my family in Siguatepeque. Usually on our return to Roatán we take the bus from Siguatepeque to San Pedro Sula, and then another bus to La Ceiba, and after that we fly to Roatán. To our surprise, no buses were traveling from San Pedro to La Ceiba, so we decided to go to the airport in San Pedro to fly directly to Roatán. Unfortunately it cost more, but at 11:30 am we were blessed to find the last three seats for that day on different planes.
At present there are still strikes in different locations in Honduras; when you travel around the country, you never know what you will find on the highway. Sometimes it is another protest!
Please pray that the crisis in our country will end. Pray that our President Juan Orlando will agree with teachers and medical professionals and others groups.
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 for the rest of the year our support will stabilize and be sufficient to cover our needs. At the moment our balance is very low. Therefore, please consider sending a special offering to cover our expenses and 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 and for his ministry to English-speakers at Eastern Roatán.
- Pray for the Rev. Kara Mejia and Jennifer Guzman from the church in Brick Bay, that they will represent our Church in Roatan and the Dioceses in a Episcopal Youth Event (EJE), in Panama this coming July 16-20.
- For youth leadership, that God will provide someone to minister to and guide the young people.
- 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.
10. Please pray that crisis in our country will end. Pray that our president Juan Orlando, will agree with teachers and medical professionals and others groups to bring balance and peace to 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.
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:
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)
Empowering the Church
Learning, Growing and Serving
Nelson and Kara Mejia