Dear Good Samaritan Family,
As I sit down and think about what to share with you today, there is so much that comes to mind and I don’t know where to start. This year has been a challenging year for Good Samaritan as the enemy is always trying to find ways to fight against the work that is being done. However, we all know that he has already been defeated. Our God has the victory and in spite of a challenging year, He is still good and He is always faithful…
And so the work continues.
We have had a poor rainy season this year, which means basic foods, like beans and corn, will be scarce and potentially expensive. Our Feed the Hungry kitchens have been a blessing this year since reopening and they’ll be needed more than ever. Thank you to all who support our Feed the Hungry program. We have still not opened our elderly center due to the desire to keep them safe. However, we are delivering food bags to them every two weeks until it is safe for them to come to the feeding center. They miss it so much! And they love for us to come and see them. Some of them cry every time we come and some say “I’ve been waiting for you. The Lord told me y’all were coming!” The smiles on their faces make it all worthwhile and it fills our heart.
Recently, we had a group visit us from Baptist Tabernacle Church in Tallapoosa, Ga. After hearing about one of our elderly ladies, named Amanda, not having a decent bed to sleep on, they decided to buy her one. When we arrived at her house to deliver it, the smile on her face was priceless. She basically had nothing in her home (which the house actually does not belong to her). Her old bed was made out of rusted hard metal with pieces of string weaved across it. Mrs. Amanda explained to us that although she lived by herself, she really didn’t because God was with her. After setting up her new bed, she was so thankful and said, “I am going to pray that God will bless you all as much as He has blessed me.” Those words impacted me because Mrs. Amanda has nothing materially. But she has a peace and joy that surpasses all understanding and her God is with her every day. And guess what? That is enough for her.
As I write this, Arold, Annie and I are in the US because we are expecting a baby boy on January 5th! We are so excited to bring another baby to this world to grow and love. Ever since Annie was born, Arold and I have known that our children are not truly ours. They are loaned to us to raise up in God’s Word and prepare to serve and love Him. Ultimately, they belong to the Lord. Please pray for us that God will give us a smooth delivery and healthy baby! In our next letter, we will be sure to share a picture of him.
As Christmas is near, you’ll find attached to this letter our Christmas letter and list. Christmas is just another beautiful way to share the love of Jesus with the children of Honduras and Nicaragua. You can send your sponsored child a Christmas gift and/or you can give to our Children’s Christmas fund to provide a toy to thousands of kids in Honduras and Nicaragua.
We know times have been hard for everyone for the past couple of years, but we thank you so much for continuing to pray and support Good Samaritan. Our desire to share the Gospel and disciple has not changed since my grandparents first set foot in Central America 50+ years ago. This will continue to be our mission as long as God allows or until He comes back for us.
Thank you again for all that you do for us and may God bless you.
Your Honduran Missionaries,
Arold and Stephany Mejia
So many of you ask us what our needs are, so we wanted to share some with you. Please help us pray God will provide as He always does!
Shipping Boxes of Bibles to Honduras
In our US office, we have so many Spanish Bibles that need to get to Honduras as our pastors are always begging us for Bibles. We have found a shipping company that will ship direct to our Honduras office. We can get up to around 100 Bibles/box and they will ship for $260 a box. We currently have 3 ready to ship and more Bibles waiting to go. If you’d like to help us ship a box, our pastors will be overjoyed to get these to the people they are reaching!
Water Tank for GSBM School in Condega, Nicaragua
The tank that provides water for our school in Condega, Nicaragua is sitting on a structure that is in a very poor condition and is now dangerous for our students. It is expected to collapse at any time if not repaired.
It will cost $1000 to tear down and build a new structure.
Motorcycles for 2 National Pastors
We have two pastors who are trying to pay off their motorcycles because it is difficult for them to make monthly payments. They are both good, faithful pastors and use these motorcycles for the ministry as they serve in multiple communities preaching the Gospel. You can see their pictures above.
On the left, Pastor Marvin Rodriguez from Honduras still owes $880 and Pastor Jairo Gonzales from Nicaragua owes $1025.
Roof for Pastorium in Yusguare, Honduras
The pastorium for Faith of Life Baptist Church in Yusguare, where Pastor Manuel Ramirez and his family lives is in very bad condition. They are afraid that it might fall in on them if it isn’t replaced soon. It would cost $4000 to put on a new roof.
New Front Door at San Marcos Mission Center
Our security guard in our Honduras mission center showed us that our front door was rusted and no longer secure so it needs replacing. Our very own Bro. Mario Sánchez is building/welding it and is installing it as I write this. Things like this are needs that many times come up unexpectedly but are necessary in order for our facilities to stay secure and in good condition. This is also where our groups from North America come and stay.
This will cost us $500 to replace.
Medical Need for Pastor Eufemio
Pastor Eufemio Orozco from Aguas Calientes, Nicaragua had a stroke last year and was initially paralyzed from the waist down. He’s doing much better but the medication his doctor are giving him is very expensive. Every box of medicine costs $225. It would be a blessing to help him. He is having to buy this each month for now. Pastor Eufemio has been in the ministry for over 25 years
Praise the Lord, these needs from our past newsletter have been met!
We were able to get new office chairs for our Honduras and Nicaragua office staff!
We bought new copying machines for our schools so now we can make copies for our students in house! This has really helped everyone since school was done virtually this past year. We feel like next year the government might allow our students to start coming back in person.
Our church in El Pedernal, Nicaragua has had a long ongoing process of building their church. Thankfully, they now have a building! Construction material in Central America have gone up so much in the past few months, so there are still a few things the church needs to be complete, such as electricity, windows, paint, etc. However, we thank the Lord that they have a building where they can now worship the Lord!
Thank you all so much for helping us on these projects! The work of Good Samaritan would not be possible without you!