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.
Director – Friendship Sports International