November update 2020
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 honour 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.
This year it has been difficult for many individuals and families in Honduras, as the impact of Covid 19 debilitates every plan or effort to continue with a regular life in our country.
After eight months working hard to adjust our lives to a new system or a different lifestyle, and at a time when we were just getting things back to normal, Eta arrived in Honduras, impacting most of the north coast of our country with significant flooding. This caused the loss of material goods for many families, who ended up taking refuge in one of the 424 shelters located in different parts of our country, although many families went to stay with relatives living in safe places.
Added to this, a few days later, Iota came to Honduras, leaving even more floods and destroying the little that Eta had left untouched.
There are many families being rehoused throughout the country.
The Good Shepherd Anglican Cathedral in San Pedro Sula is operating two shelters to provide them with food for as long as necessary. They are working very hard, and there is a lot of work to do, but this is being done with love to help our brothers and sisters who lost everything. This is a ministry that will continue until each family finds a decent place to live.
At the moment they feed over 120 people every day, with about 30 church members helping with cooking and delivery every day.
We are doing our part at Emmanuel Anglican Church in Roatan. We have collected clothes, shoes, food and some money to send to the collection center at Good Shepherd Cathedral and in this way help our brothers and sisters who are living in a very difficult time at this moment.
Eta and Iota cut right through the heart of Honduras, leaving a lot of pain, sadness and loss in its wake. However, each family lives with the hope of moving forward, and little by little recover physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually.
We ask your prayers for Honduras and Central America, as we have been affected by Covid 19, Eta, and Iota added to all the other problems that we have in the country. May God have mercy on the whole world.
In Roatan we had mostly showers, and, thanks be to God, everyone in our congregations is fine; however if something happened, people would come to stay at the church.
We know that traveling around the world in recent months has become difficult due to the travel restrictions that each country deems convenient to impose.
As you know, every three years we visit you personally to share with you about our ministry in Roatan Honduras, and what God is doing.
This year 2021, it may not be possible to visit you personally, since we need to communicate with you in advance so that you can schedule a time that suits you.
At this point we would already be planning the trip, but we do not know for sure if by April 2021 the borders will be open to travel without so many regulations.
In view of the above, we are offering, starting in February 2021, Zoom meetings to share about our ministry, with different churches and individuals who would like to schedule them.
Each meeting can be scheduled by your church or by us at a time convenient for both of us.
We are hoping this alternative can be helpful and lead to strengthening our relationships. We know that it is not the same as seeing you personally and thanking you for all your generosity that makes our ministry possible.
We will plan a trip to Canada when this is over, probably in 2022.
Thank you for always keeping us in your prayers and for your financial support even though it has not been an easy year for anyone in the world.
Impact of Covid 19 in Honduras and Roatan
To update you on the impact of Covid 19 on Honduras, at the moment we have 103,488 people infected. There have been 2,185 deaths and 45,082 people have recovered. We in Roatán have over 2188 infected; 387 people have recovered and there have been 38 deaths.
Roatan Emmanuel Episcopal Church
At Emmanuel Episcopal/Anglican Church our building has been open since September 27th. Our Diocesan Bishop Lloyd Allen asked the Episcopal Church in Honduras to be prepared with the biosecurity protocols for the opening of our buildings.
The protocols include all the regulations regarding being inside the building and celebrating the Eucharist, Morning or Evening Prayer.
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, 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 copy and paste it into your browser):
Or you can visit the Diocese of Fredericton’s 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 know that with the global impact of the pandemic it is difficult for everyone in the world. That said, we greatly appreciate your prayer and financial support to date and trust that you will continue to support us.
Please continue to pray for:
- Please continue to pray for Roatan, mainland Honduras and Central America at a difficult time caused by Covid 19, Eta followed by Iota
- Pray for Stephen Mejia Thompson, our son as he continues studying at Providence University College in Manitoba.
- Please pray for our Diocese in Honduras that is struggling financially to cover all the clergy stipends as Bishop Lloyd Emmanuel Allen said.
- Continued and stable financial support for the next years as we continue to serve the Lord in Roatán, Honduras.
- The ongoing construction in Coxen Hole. Pray for the remaining installation stages: Cement concrete for the floor at the moment.
- 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 in Eastern Roatán.
- Evangelism and practical outreach in the local communities in the midst of the pandemic.
- For leadership for the Church in Roatán.
- The Episcopal Church in Honduras, for the process toward self-sufficiency to be continued in 2021-25
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.
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Nelson and Kara Mejia