What a year this has been for Mission Encounters International (MEI) and the growth of the Helene community whom we serve.
Let me first take this time to thank you for your continued prayers and support with God’s plans for the people of Helene and the individuals who are transformed when they visit and serve during short-term team encounters. It is an immense joy for our MEI team to witness God’s unfolding plans.
Some of our key 2015 accomplishments for this year include:
MEI has continued to provide clean drinking water for another year, our 15th consecutive year.
Our Christian English School (HCES), now in it’s 12th year, had a record attendance, with 105 students completing the year. In comparison, last year 77 students attended. Also, with your generous giving, we have currently reached 89% of our 2015 funding goal.
We were able to provide a full range of medical services for another year and have started a partnership with the city for regular visits by a Honduran doctor and dentist.
We continue to grow and improve our partner organization relationships including: Abundant Life Foundation, Helene Progressive Movement (the local city government), Honduran Abundant Life Association, Operation Blessing International, and Salvador Foundation.
We worked with the Helene Progressive Movement and Santos Guardiolas, along with one of partner organizations, to acquire the land and funds needed for building of the $200,000. concrete community dock, the first on the island. The construction is slated to begin later this month, bringing much needed employment opportunities for now and the future.
We acquired and remodeled a large boat, which serves as both a truck and a bus for the Helene community, as well as MEI.
We built a new classroom for our 5th and 6th grade classes, with a funding grant from a partner organization, Abundant Life Foundation.
We improved the HCES curriculum for our 5th and 6th grade students with a grant from Redemption Church Alhambra.
We increased the capacity to store passive electricity with the replacement of our whole battery bank with larger and improved batteries, funded by a grant from Salvador Foundation. With these new batteries, we are able to annually save thousands of dollars due to a significant reduction in diesel fuel purchases.
We provided our first Micro Business loan, funded by Crosstown Church. For more information, please see our Fall Newsletter.
We look forward to 2016 and all the plans God has in store for the Helene community, our visiting short-term team encounters, our MEI team, our partners, and our supporters.
Thank you again for your continued prayers and support.
In His service,
Larry Benson, Executive Director, MEI