Since 2004, Shorey Chapel has been an active participant in the Maine-Honduras Partnership, a covenantal relationship between the churches of the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Evangelical and Reformed Church of
Honduras. Establish in 1998 as a response to the devastation left by Hurricane Mitch, teams have gone from the churches of the Maine Conference to partner with the E & R churches of Honduras to help rebuild and repair their churches, parsonages, homes, schools, and bridges, and to provide medical care and treatment – at the same time building relationships that transcend cultures, theological differences, and language
barriers. Of equal blessing, we have welcomed pastors and their wives as well as two groups of youth here to Maine.
The seven churches of the Franklin Association have been sending teams to Honduras
since 2004. Since 2007 we have been working with the community of El Junco, a mountain village of approximately 30 families/160 people who struggle daily with the harsh realities of poverty: lack of jobs, inadequate educational resources, minimal
access to healthcare, hunger and malnutrition, poor water quality/supply…and
the list goes on.
In partnership with our Honduran brothers and sisters in El Junco we have:
- helped build a kitchen for the women who are
attempting to provide a noon meal for the
- made major repairs to the school building and
brought much needed school supplies.
- helped build 27 pilas (holding tanks for water), which improved the available water
supply as well as the daily lives of the women who only had a single water
facet coming out of the ground outside their homes.
- help replace the roof on their community
- built a security fence around their school (a
response to the increase in violence after the political coup of 2009)
- provided the entire community with a year’s
worth of vitamins – we cannot solve their problem with hunger, but the vitamins
help improve their basic health
- consistently brought medical teams to help
address the void of medical care and treatment to these rural communities.
This August, a team of five – including two members of Shorey Chapel – will work in La
Vueltoza building the last of a nine-house building project. In February of 2011, we will return to El Junco to complete a water project.
Every time we go, we work and talk and eat together, we worship and sing and pray together, we laugh and cry together, we hope and dream and plan for the future together.
Together we are the body of Christ.
If you would like to make a contribution to the on-going work of the Partnership, you are invited to make your tax deductible check, payable to Franklin Association Honduras Partnership and mail it to Marilyn Wegner at 265 McCrillis Corner Road; Wilton, ME 04294. For more information about the Maine Honduras Partnership, go to the Maine Conference Website: www.maineucc.org
One of Shorey Chapel primary outreach ministries is the Clearwater Food Pantry.
Located on Route 148, the Pantry has been extending a helping hand to an
ever-increasing number of individuals and families in Industry, New Sharon, and
Chesterville for several years. Members of Shorey Chapel volunteer at the Pantry, our pastor and members of the church serve on the board of directors of the Clearwater Ministries (which has oversight of the Pantry), and the church takes a monthly collection supporting the work of the Pantry.
The Clearwater Food Pantry is open Monday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00. All
information is kept strictly confidential.
For more information, anyone is welcome to call Brenda Bickford (778-3368).