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