25 Years...

December 2018


Dear Family and Friends,

25 years ago, on November 1, 1993, Jenny and I settled into the ministry of Friendship Sports International.  We had no idea what the Lord would have for us in the future, but we fully believed that He wanted us to follow His leading and to just have faith.  What a journey it has been!


It is impossible to remember every story, every person that has traveled with us overseas, been in fellowship with us, or touched our lives during these years.  So many stories, all part of how God intertwined lives and families and people and cultures. I look back and say it was an impossible story, one that I could have never made up on my own, but one that God had uniquely planned just for the people who have made up the play.  What a privilege it has been to be asked by our Father to be in the play!
We are not the same people who pulled into Upland, Indiana that cold, gray Fall day.  We are obviously a lot older, not the young, spry youngsters with visions of grandeur.  No, the realities of two broken people who loved God and family, and were willing to go into the unknown in spite of our obvious, and also unseen, shortcomings, has made for our own unique story.  All is us have stories, unique to us and to our families, all broken and incomplete. Yet God uses people exactly like us! I will be forever grateful for His grace towards us, towards our family, using brokenness to show His strength.

There are literally thousands of people who have been a part of our journey.  Many of these people believed in us, prayed for us, and cheered us on. We have also had our fair share of people who would not believe in us and have been negative.  Regardless, all of these people have been used by God to shape us as His children. Jenny and I talk often about the incredible paradigm shifts He has taken us through over the last 15 years, not because of our goodness or works toward perfection.  No, it has been in our brokenness and desperate need for His mercy and grace. Many of you have had a profound impact on our journey, being part of the hands and feet of Jesus.

At this point of our lives, as our kids are grown and the wonderful blessing of grandchildren have been gifted to us, I realize what a blessed life we have been given.  How the true Gospel is for all the people of the earth, from the poorest of the poor to the highest offices of the nations of the earth. These truths, as they are lived out by our children, and are being taught to our grandchildren, is the absolute greatest legacy that we could hope to leave behind.  As we watch what the Lord is doing in the lives of our kids we are so moved by the wisdom and love of our God.

I could go on and on about all of the programs that Friendship Sports is doing, but that will be in a future blog.  This blog is about what God has done in our lives over the last twenty five years. Even though we have made so many mistakes over the years and are imperfect people, God totally loves us, paid for every imperfection, and has consistently spoken out our names and our calling, who we were made to be, and that He is perfect in completing that task within us.  And we love what He is doing in us!

Thank you for your part in this journey.  We look forward to what the Lord has next for FSI, and for our family.


Sincerely in Christ,

The Kings



Suyapa medical situation

Dear Friends and supporters,

I had been working on a Newsletter to share with you about all of our summer teams to Honduras and Haiti, but an email to me this morning from Suyapa changed my direction.  I want to share with you the highlights from her email (her English is a bit hard to follow and understand).

“Dear FSI Board, and all donors who support our La Ventaministry (called Honduras Shares),

We would like to thank you for the last nine years that you have been helping support us with your prayers and finances, for our ministry and through my cancer treatments.  God has been very faithful and we know that He is my healer.

I recently went to my Oncologist.  Thanks be to a God that my mammography and ultrasounds went well.  However, the doctor checked my Thyroid again because the last time (in January) two small nodules had appeared.  They are now ‘palpable’ and I need another thyroid ultrasound.  After the ultrasound I will see the doctor again December 11.

For two months my body has felt out of balance.  A different doctor ordered my brain to be ‘oxygenated’ and I had to take different medicines.  None of it has worked, so I am scheduled for a brain scan on September 10.  I also have been referred to a dermatologist as something new has appeared on my face and it needs to be checked.

We send this report to let you know to continue praying for us, and for God’s provision for all of these tests and follow-up treatments.  We know God will provide the money for all of these expenses.

We look forward to hearing from all of you.  Thank you again for all of your prayers and support, for us, and the ministry, and the villages around us.  May God continue guiding, blessing, and showing His love and provision and mercy to all of you and all of the USA nation.

In His service,  Osman and Suyapa”

Friends, I want to take immediate action.  Osman and Suyapa do not have any saved funds to help with medical testing.  They live by faith in ways that I simply cannot understand.  We must do what we can to help Suyapa get the help necessary.

There are so many needs!  It seems like all I do is try to raise money for the next thing, the next person or project.  I’m sorry if it comes across like that.  It is hard for me to put into words what is happening in Honduras with this small people group.  People are getting saved, and healed, and mighty things are happening.  There is so much more to do!  It would be easier to just turn the other way and do nothing, to act like it doesn’t exist.  But it does exist, and the people are real, and the families hurt and need food and clothing, medicine and someone to help.

By the time you receive this letter Suyapa will be starting tests.  Would you please consider sending in a offering to help cover these expenses?  Based on previous medical bills from her cancer treatment years ago, I would guess these will run into the thousands of dollars.  Please give what you can.  Listen to what the Spirit is telling you to do.

You can go online to give at www.friendshipsports.net.  Just put Suyapa’s medical bills in the memo.  You can also send a check to FSI and mail it to:

FSI

1205 Blue Water Court

Cody, WY  82414

(Put Suyapa medical on a separate piece of paper when you put the gift in an envelope)

I will keep everyone posted as I hear anything.  Thank you for considering a gift, and for your prayers.

Jim King

FSI-Director

colvillefsi@gmail.com

307-254-4813


It is good to be home again after being on the road for the first 18 days of this month. From June 1-10 I was with a team from GracePoint Church in Powell, Wyoming. We had a fantastic trip to La Venta, Honduras, to assist Pastor Osman and Suyapa and the Santidad Church with various cement projects. The team did a great job and I really enjoyed the time we had together. They are already planning on the next time they can go back to serve again with their new friends. That is always a good sign that the trip was a success.
Following the tour I flew into Spokane to meet up with Jenny, and to spend some time with Josiah and Dakota (son and wife), Emily, Chris, Halle, and Ezra (daughter, husband, and two kids), plus several friends and family that are north of Spokane. It was a needed break for me after months of being on the road and busy with multiple trips and teams.
I had been sensing that God was trying to get my attention, to speak to me about something specific, throughout this past trip to Honduras, and it continued for several days in Washington. The last morning Emily wanted to sit on their porch and have a cup of coffee and a short visit. Time with Emily is always deeper than just the pleasantries, which I enjoy. I don’t think that either one of us realized that this was going to be a special “God moment” when we sat with coffee, but it turned out to be exactly what I had been prepared to hear.
Emily and Chris are owners of Columbia View Orchard, a beautiful family orchard and garden that
produces some of the most wonderful fruit and vegetables anywhere. It is a lot of work, especially this time of year when everything is in full growth mode. It is a time of abundant life, things growing everywhere. It is also a time of necessary “death”, or taking care of killing weeds, fixing broken things, spraying for disease, pests, and unwanted guests.
But the things we talked about that morning, which was the “good word”, was in relation to thinning.
You see, most of what Emily and Chris did during my week there was thinning the fruit growing on the trees. For many hours each day they would go around each tree, up on ladders, and thin each branch of most of the fruit. For instance, one branch of peaches may have 25 small peaches growing on it. To properly thin the branch, all the new little sucker limbs growing are broken off and tossed to the ground, and around 90% of the little peaches are also pulled off and tossed to the ground. So the same branch may have only 2 or 3 peaches left on it once the thinning is complete. Is allows the remaining fruit to mature to full size and to keep the branch from breaking from too much weight from too much fruit.
The spiritual lesson that was given to me, that “God moment” when I felt a unique speaking to me by the Holy Spirit, was this. Thinning is not the same as God pruning branches.
In Emily’s words, “I ask God while thinning, ‘God, I feel bad pulling all of this good fruit and throwing it on the ground. There is nothing wrong with these peaches. They are all healthy and would become beautiful peaches that are good to eat. It feels wasteful.’” (For pictures of this process, check out Columbia View Orchard on Facebook)
And there was the issue. I have always accepted the idea of God pruning the bad things out of my life. But what about Him thinning the “good” things? That is harder for me to fully understand. Jenny and I have spent a fair amount of time talking about this over the last several days. We look at our “branches” and they look pretty full of good fruit. (don’t worry…we have plenty of unwanted fruit, disease, and weeds too!). A busy and growing ministry. Travel to speak in churches, meet with teams that want to travel, an expanding Honduras mission, teaching financial seminars, a growing love for business and entrepreneurship, our need for local community, etc. So many wonderful things growing on our branch. But, if we do not thin some “fruit”, the branch will eventually break. Now we face the real question. What good things do we thin? At this time we do have a clear answer to that question, but we are asking God to show us, to lead us to what we need to step away from or give up altogether.
One last thing. Thinning is not a punishment! It is not getting rid of something that is bad for us.
Thinning is really a blessing, something that produces abundant life. It is good for the tree, good for the remaining fruit, and excellent for both the producer and the consumer of the fruit. So, it is good for us, and good for the people around us.

I hope that the Lord has spoken to you through this truth. Good thinning!

Jim King
Director – FSI
p.s. – check out our blog, pictures, and all things FSI at our website (www.friendshipsports.net) and share this site with your friends, and check us out on Facebook.

June 9, 2018

 

I’m looking outside the windows of the airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, waiting for our United flight to Houston to show up.  Around me is a fantastic team from Powell, Wyoming that is sad to go home, yet so thankful that they made the effort to come to Honduras to do a work trip.  They worked hard all week, loved the people without any reservations, and received a ton of love in return.

Of course my mind also goes back to many of the 100+ other teams that we have taken internationally over the years.  It boggles my mind when I think of the different teams, places, events, and focused reasons for each trip-- women’s conferences, leadership training, baseball, tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer, humanitarian aid, orphanage, pastoral training, softball, golf, hundreds of building teams, puppets, music, and even track and field.  Absolutely an amazing process with each team, each person.

I am confident in what we do, not arrogant.  I see how God uses our teams, which is what I will boast in.  To each one reading this post, just know that we can specialize a trip around a group that has almost any interest you can think of.  If you are interested in a missions trip through FSI, please contact me through our website (friendshipsports.net) or directly (307-254-4813, colvillefsi@gmail.com).

Soon we will be home again, home to families and friends and reality.  I am hopeful that this trip is something God can use in each team member, even as they have touched other lives this week.  

Thanks for praying and supporting this team.  Many blessings to you.

 

Jim King

FSI-Director

 

June 2018 Honduras Work Trip

You will be seeing several pictures of our trip.  It is hard to capture what is happening in the hearts of our team.  What I do know is that they are working hard, being blessed by the people here in La Venta, Honduras, and seeing many new things to process.
Today we were told we were stopping our work with cement to have a soccer game.  Little does our group understand the importance of “futbol” to the world, and certainly Honduras is no different.  The match is on the soccer field at Camp Monte de Santidad that we helped build between 1997-2006.
Tomorrow night will be the youth service which our youth will really enjoy.  At the same time I am being asked to do my teaching on the different pursuits which produce life and death.  It is a powerful Christian teaching.
Thank you to everyone that is praying for our team!
Jim King
FSI-Director

May 30, 2018

It’s now 4:15pm and I am in my office in Cody, Wyoming trying to finish up weeks of work before leaving on another trip to Honduras with a team of 19 people.  This is normal to be busting it non-stop before leaving on a trip, trying to see everyone and speak to everyone and finish up as many current bills, travel schedules, and meetings as possible before getting on another airplane.

Somehow it always works out.  Once I step on the airplane things begin to slow down, focus returns, and it boils down to simple ministry.  Loving people. Serving. Letting Jesus speak to all of us while in the unique setting of a third world village.  

It must be worth all the effort.  I keep doing this, keep traveling and recruiting and asking people to go.  It really does have an impact on the lives of people. People get moved by the setting, all the poverty yet happy people.  A different culture to move us, to rock our foundation.

This trip will mainly consist of cement.  As we have done for years, we purchase hundreds of cement bags, trucks of sand and gravel and big stones, and then mix up wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of cement on the ground.  Literally thousands of yards of cement over the years. Slowly buildings take shape, people fill the buildings, and Jesus brings His people. There is nothing like seeing the people growing and alive.

I will be sending regular pictures and updates throughout the trip.  Please follow our blog and website, and pray for our team while we are in Honduras.  Also pray for the three different cement projects we will be working on, Euphemio and Nohemy’s floors and sidewalks, the Santidad church Phase II, and the new footers and columns at Pastor Osman and Suyapa’s house.

No experience necessary, just a willingness to serve.

Jim King

FSI Director and Board Chairman

 

September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017

 

Dear Family and Friends,

 

I hope you have had a great summer.  I can’t believe that it is already the middle of September!  I am writing this morning from our camper just outside of Cody looking up at the fresh snow on the mountains just up the hill from us.

I wanted to get everyone a quick highlight of our summer, plus what is happening now both in our world and with our ministry in Honduras and elsewhere.

We were able to take two teams to Honduras this summer, one in June and one in late July.  The first team was made up of “veteran” FSI alumni from Indiana and Wyoming.  Our youngest daughter Katie, and one of her close friends from Wyoming, Katie Brown, stayed in Honduras with Pastor Osman and Suyapa after the first team left for home.  A month later was the second team, made up of youth from Washington and Wyoming, and me and Jenny.  Both teams assisted the La Venta church in working on the physical building, and also some painting in Osman and Suyapa’s home.

Some of you help support the ministry of Osman and Suyapa in La Venta through our Honduras Shares program.  I wanted to update you on this program and how Osman and Suyapa are doing.  First, FSI has agreed to send Osman and Suyapa $500 per month because the church is unable to financially support them with the necessary funds to live.  So we introduced Honduras Shares two years ago, which is supporting them at one share for $20 per month.  This program has fulfilled our obligation each month since we started, although we could still take on more monthly donors.  We would also like to help them with special needs, such as medical or travel needs.

Osman and Suyapa have developed an incredible amount of activities within the church.  If a person wants to be active most of the nights of the week, their church would be perfect for you.  Osman is also in year 3 of training with Samaritans Purse and has become an area leader.  His area is north of the capital city and encompasses perhaps 100 square miles.  He will take on meeting with other pastors and churches in many different villages as an entrance into the evangelistic outreach associated with the Christmas Shoe Box ministry.  In association with this is an additional partnership that Suyapa is also very involved with and that is with Feed The Children.  Each month this organization distributes primarily food, but also clothes and medicine, and it is given to church leaders who have villages to distribute the food.  Osman and Suyapa are now associated with eight villages that will be distribution areas for this food, and also places that will grow the shoe box outreach.  Now you know why the Honduras Shares giving program is so critical for Osman and Suyapa, and why we would like to increase the monthly giving.

Another Honduras need that many of you will find personal is with Euphemio and Nohemy, our long time friends that helped as caretakers of Camp Monte de Santidad.  After fulfilling this job for the last 25 years, they were “let go” by the church and are now out of work.  Euphemio has been trying to find work, build a very modest adobe block home, all while living in about an 8x8 shack.  I would like to put together two teams in 2018 to finish his home.  The cost will be about $5000 for cement, metal trusses, and a metal roof, electricity, and plumbing.  Will you consider going on one of these two teams, or donating towards the costs of this project.  These are some of the dearest people you could ever meet.

The next couple of months will also see some new things happening with FSI here in the states.  I am currently setting the schedule on four teams to Honduras in 2018, and that does not include the two to help with the building of Euphemio’s house.  Our annual Board meeting is in early November when we discuss the upcoming teams and travel.  Please pray for us as we meet.

Perhaps the biggest new thing for FSI is the addition of a new staff couple, Matt and Alissa Wallace.  Jenny and I enjoyed a few years with them early in our ministry when they were in our home Bible studies at Taylor University in Indiana.  Matt traveled with us to Honduras on the first team that I led in 1994, and as he put it, that tour changed his world view and future.  Matt and Alissa have served in their local church in various roles since graduation, and have done international missions to Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.  Matt and Alissa will be moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan to begin work with Cornerstone University, developing FSI ministry with students there.  I will keep you posted on this new work in the months ahead, but just know that we are so excited to have Matt and Alissa as staff, partners, and friends in this ministry.  Please pray for my travel to Michigan and Indiana in mid October to meet with Cornerstone staff.

Friends, we continue to work at this ministry with our heart and soul.  We love how God continues to put us in the lives of people in need of the touch of Jesus.  We are so thankful for our support team, an amazing group of friends and alumni that have made this ministry possible for so many years.  Our work is not finished.  Let’s stay strong and committed to the ways of the Lord in these days.

If you would like to support the Honduras Shares ministry, or with a gift or desire to travel to help build Euphemio and Nohemy’s house, or support the monthly financial needs of me and Jenny, please indicate that on a note and place the note and check in the return envelope.  You can also go online at www.friendshipsports.net and send a donation or note.  For email support team, donations can be mailed to:  Friendship Sports International  

                   1205 Blue Water Court

                   Cody, WY  82414

Thank you in advance for helping us advance the great commission of our Lord and Savior.

 

Jim and Jenny King

 

colvillefsi@gmail.com

friendshipsports.net

307-254-4813

February Newsletter

Dear FSI support team,

I am excited to be sharing this update via email and blog this month.  If you wish to receive this by email in future months, please request so by visiting the "Contact" page. We are currently transitioning to a paperless update system. Thanks!

Let me introduce you to our new website that my son Josiah, and his wife, Dakota, have been working on for the last couple of months.  By browsing this site, you can see some of our history, teams, upcoming events, leadership team, etc.  It is a work in progress so do not expect a finished product for awhile, but I want to begin running our updates, blogs, current events, etc. through this website.  Please drop me a note and let me know what you think, and how to make it better by visiting the "Contact" page.

I just arrived home from a week in Honduras where I was involved in many things.  Pastor Osman and Suyapa had me busy speaking in the village where I shared with over 100 special force cadets at the local military base, then spoke at a ladies conference (Jenny was suppose to do this but was unable to travel due to passport issues, so I filled in), led a marriage seminar, met with the La Venta church leadership team, and preached…all within 36 hours! 

There were several highlights to this trip.  First, Josiah and Dakota were able to join me to concentrate on taking pictures (Dakota is a professional photographer) and videos for this website.  It was so good to spend that time with them and to see God using the gifts and talents that He has given them.  Second, to have my close friend, business partner, and FSI board member Scott Crook along.  He was so valuable to the whole week, bringing his unique Honduras insight and fluent Spanish to our meetings.  Third, to be able to experience once again Camp Monte de Santidad, and to do some filming and video there.

There are four specific areas I want to mention to you for your prayerful consideration.

1.       Euphemio and Nohemy, our long-time partners at Camp Monte, are building a small adobe home near the camp.  He asked me on this recent trip if we could help him with this project.  Many of you know Euphemio and Nohemy from our years of building Camp Monte (1996-2005).  I am beginning to raise funds to assist them in this project.  This summer we will split teams between building in the La Venta church and helping on Euphemio and Nohemy’s house.  I would like to raise $3000 for this project.

2.      The La Venta church project will also continue this summer.  FSI has stated to the church that our partnership will continue through completion of the existing buildings first, and then we can look at future projects.  Needed funds to assist with building materials this summer is $3000.

(Note…we have received in a $5000 matching gift towards our Honduras Shares program for 2017!  Any gift designated to Euphemio and Nohemy house project, or La Venta church project, will go towards this matching gift.)

3.       Jenny and I have had several donors have had to cut back or eliminate our support.  We are down about $1000 per month in the last year.  God always takes care of our needs!  If you have an interest in supporting our work with Friendship Sports, we would be so blessed by that.  Thanks for praying about at, and for us!

4.      The Hadassah women’s ministry that our daughters Sarah Carpenter and Emily Meyer have been leading the last three years, is also looking for financial sponsors of $20 per month.  It is called Hadassah Shares, and it will help funds scholarships and travel for their women’s conferences that they put together each year.  This ministry is unique as it partners women as they go through life and put Jesus at the center.

If you feel that God is leading you to give financially to one of these needed support areas, please go to our "Donations" page.

As is the case with all donations to FSI, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt your gift.  If you would, please put on the memo the area you want your gift to go to.  Thank you so much in advance for your prayers and support.

Many blessings to you all!  Have a great month.

 

Jim King

Director – Friendship Sports International