Dear Friends and Family,
I hope this letter finds you all well and that the first few months of this year have been a great start. I would like to fill you in on the news of what’s happening in Friendship Sports. It looks like it could be a big year. Jenny and I already had a trip down to Honduras in January to explore the potential of a future team with a church in Indiana. The next FSI-affiliated trip will be in June when Matt Wallace’s wife, Alissa, will take a college student team to Guatemala. It will be a medical-focused trip, mostly physical therapy with special needs kids. In July we have a team from Grace Point Church in Powell, Wyoming and from Upland Community Church in Upland, Indiana going down to Honduras. We took a group of youth from Grace Point last year and this year will have some new youth joining us. Also in July there will be a men’s soccer team with Matt Wallace. In August, there is a family going down to help on building projects with Point.
Point (previously known as POI, which stands for Point Of Impact) is a ministry in Tegucigalpa, Honduras that focuses on helping kids in some of the more dangerous, gang-run neighborhoods. They feed 650 children two meals a day and also have schools and after-school activities and sports. They also build houses for families who don’t have homes. Last year, we began doing some partnering with Point on the financial side of things, plus building homes. This year we’ll be getting our FSI teams involved in some of their building projects as well. I look forward to seeing what God has for the partnership between our two ministries. Recently, we began discussing some exciting ideas with Point, and our hope is for Point and FSI to develop an organic farm out in the village of La Venta. Along with the organic farm, we are discussing with another organization, One Egg, the possibilities of building and running a chicken farm. It would be a way of providing jobs for people in the village, as well as protein and fresh vegetables for the kids in Tegucigalpa that Point feeds. Our long time partner, the Humuya Inn, would also begin using, and building new clients to use, these fresh farm-to-table products. Those partnerships would help make these farms self-sustaining businesses. It’s been a vision that I have had for a long time to develop micro-businesses in La Venta. Please join me in praying for God’s will to be done in this.
The last team of the year will be the beginning of December and what we’ll call the 1st FSI Mastermind trip. The focus of this trip will be to involve ten couples in the projects that we are working on in Honduras. We will spend a few days in La Venta with the church and looking at the the farm projects, then spend some time helping with Point in the city, and the last days at the Humuya Inn to discuss how these couples could partner with us financially on these ministries. We will include teaching our financial system, which enhances charitable giving. Scott and Mimi Crook, and Jenny and I, would like to make this at least an annual, if not twice a year, trip, introducing new people to the many facets of the ministry and developing more financial supporters for specific FSI projects.
Many of you are aware of our Honduras Shares project; this project financially supports the work of the La Venta church. For the next two years, we hope to continue this work by taking one room of the church at a time and completing the building of each room. This includes offices, classrooms, kitchen, restrooms, nursery, and the sanctuary. We will break down each area into total cost per room, and I will keep you updated on these costs.
Some other activity we have going on in FSI is what Matt Wallace is doing in Michigan. He does Bible studies and discipleship with teams from Cornerstone University. He also puts together groups to go work at an inner-city ministry in Detroit. As I mentioned earlier in the letter, he’ll be leading a team to Honduras in July. It is the men’s soccer team from Cornerstone. They will do a few soccer clinics, but their primary mission is to do building ministry. Matt is also connected with a ministry in Haiti and takes teams down to do missions work there at Damou Mission. Matt recently helped this ministry raise money to install solar energy because electricity is so expensive.
My youngest daughter, Katie, also just returned from a three month trip to Honduras and I would like for her to share about her time:
Honduras has always been a very special place for me. I went for the first time when I was only 7 years old and growing up in the King household it was, naturally, a big part of my life. As many of you know, I’ve been going down regularly with the short-terms missions teams, but in the fall of 2017, I began praying about what some of my options might be to go down for a bit of a longer time period. I’m passionate about fighting human trafficking and so my dad suggested looking into a ministry he knew of called Jericho. The ministry began the year I was born, so clearly it was meant to be;). I got in touch with the ministry’s director, a woman from the States, and a year later (November 2018) I headed down to serve in the ministry. I went with the expectation of doing an internship to learn about all the aspects of the ministry, specifically the area that focused on freeing women that were trapped in prostitution. I did get to participate in the street ministry one day, but the majority of my time was spent at a children’s home outside of Tegucigalpa. Most of these children were brought to this home for the sake of safety, health, and receiving a good education because most of them didn’t have good home lives, or didn’t have access to basic necessities. Although it wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was an honor to be a part of those children’s lives and I adored each of them. Being in Honduras for those months also just solidified even more my love for that country, and I am now praying about moving down indefinitely (it helps that I have a special someone in La Venta;). I am very excited about the prospects of partnering with Point and the potential of being a part of the farms they want to start. I would so appreciate prayers from you for the Lord’s guidance and provision. May the Lord bless each of you according to His abundant riches.
If you are receiving this letter by hard copy, could you please send me (Jim) a text or an email so that we can begin sending this information to you electronically. If you are receiving this letter electronically, would you please take a moment to send me a response-- tell me how FSI has had an impact on your life, maybe a special memory from a trip. Let me know if I can count on you to help me find alumni that I have lost contact with. If you are interested in helping with any of our specific financial needs, please let me know. There are two ways to donate, one is the traditional check (I have included a return envelope in which you can send a check made out to FSI, send a note with it if there is a specific ministry you would like to donate to), the other is online (www.friendshipsports.net and follow the donation link).
Thank you all for your support and prayers.