Made in Roatan - Gift Shop
Nestled in amongst the roadside souvenir shops serving the cruise ship port of Coxen Hole is a unique little gift shop called Made in Roatan. Everything is made right on the island by local artisans. Not only are the products unique and interesting, but it is a non-profit shop.
Bob and Debi Cowan first came to Roatan in 2005 for a holiday and fell in love with the people of this beautiful island. The poverty stirred their hearts and when they had the opportunity to move here, they took it. Their goal is simply to help the people both practically and spiritually. They live out their faith in Jesus Christ by initiating projects that will create ongoing income for as many locals as possible. This shop is one of these projects. About 14 families benefit from selling their crafts, as well as the island owners of the shop Bob built for them.
Bob and Debi Cowan were both raised in separate parts of Ontario, Canada; both had dramatic conversions to the Christian faith in the midst of darkening lifestyles, and then were brought together by God in Banff, Alberta.Since their marriage in 1982 they have dedicated themselves to pastoring four different Canadian churches, and Bob taught for 4 years at Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan, Canada. Through a variety of wonderful circumstances they discovered Roatan and sensed a call to come and help the Island’s poor and needy.
This Gift Shop is one of the many projects God has prompted them to finance to benefit many families through the sale of their arts and crafts. One of Debi’s passions is photography, which you can see here displayed for sale. The proceeds, of course, are circulated back into the lives of Islanders, to stimulate ongoing economic prosperity. It is our hope that the demonstration of our faith in Jesus Christ will prompt others to discover for themselves the joys of a relationship with God through living and active faith in Jesus.