Friendship Mission, Inc.

Skipper and Mary Anne Cowgill

Mailing address -- PO Box 2634
Physical address -- 14639 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK   99611
t. 907-283-5277- office 953-0693
Rebuilding the front wall of the original bulding in 2005.



End of year
As we come to the end of the year, we look back on the things that have taken place.  The most important is that six men came to know Jesus as their Savior.  They all have been baptized and are attending church with us at Kenai Christian Church or a church of their choice.  Again, I want to thank our Bible Study leaders for their dedication to telling our residents about how Jesus loves them and wants them to accept His free gift of salvation and learn to make better choices in their lives.

One of our original Bible study leaders, Roy Moore, went to be with the Lord.  He was so faithful to serving the Lord.

Graydon and Mary Anne Cowgill were honored in December by the Thirtieth Alaska State Legislature for their dedication and devotion to the Friendship Mission and the Kenai Peninsula.  The award was presented by Rep. Gary Knopp, Prime Sponsor.


This has been the nicest Fall season since we’ve been in Alaska.  The trees all turned yellow and gold and stayed that way for much longer than usual.  The temperature has been great.  Haven’t had any snow yet.  We’re ready….

Monday night during Bible study, one of our residents accepted Christ as his Savior.  He was Baptised in October.

Another resident was baptized in November and we praise the Lord and thank our Bible study leaders for their committed witness with the men. 
Three of the residents helped Skipper cook and serve hot dogs at the Trunk or Treat event the church put on for Halloween.  They all said it was a lot of fun seeing all the costumes and decorations. 

Kenai Bible Church invited us all to their monthly “Dinner and a movie” night.  A good movie and delicious food and topped it off with a root beer float, after the movie.

A young man named Jacob came with his father and some of his friends to make a donation to the Mission.  It was his 10th birthday and he had asked his friends to bring items for the Mission, instead of gifts for him.  This is the second year he has done this.  We are so proud of him.

Good food and fellowship rounded out the month with the Wednesday night Thanksgiving Dinner at Kenai Christian Church and then on Thursday we were invited to the Church of God down the street, to share Dinner with them.

This summer has been busy and full of company.  Two of the Oklahoma team came early to have a real vacation. Nancy and Donna and her mother, Pearl came in May and toured Alaska. We had a really good visit.  It was a lot of fun having them here.

Skipper’s brother came for a visit, they went on a charter fishing trip and had a good time and had fish to take back to Texas.
Then, Tim, our son-in-law, and grandson and a friend, came to go dip-netting for salmon. 

Then the last week in July, the work team from Oklahoma came with 16 members.  They painted the main building, refurbished 4 of the bedrooms upstairs and built a fence around the high tunnel, to keep the moose away.  They all worked really hard to get everything done and they did.  They were a great bunch of people.  It was so good having them here.  They visited with the residents and new friendships were made.


At the board meeting in July, Skipper asked the board if we could close the Mission for several weeks, to get away for a while and rest.  Since we don’t have anyone to take our place.  They agreed and therefore…

On Wednesday night 22 August 2018 , two of our residents were baptized and became part of the Lord’s Kingdom. 

Easter Sunday was a great way to begin the month of April.  We had a wonderful service at Kenai Christian Church. We invited a couple to share dinner with us.  Some of the men went to visit family for the day.

The first Friday meal with KCC featured lamb, which was very good.


We had a group of men from The Dream Center, a Christian based Addiction Recovery  Program, located in the Palmer area came and spend the night at the Mission.  They were having a “fund raiser” at Walmart, selling kettle corn.  We enjoyed meeting them and sampling the kettle corn they shared with us.  They came back the next month.  It was good that we could help them out with a place to stay overnight.

The Alaska Christian College students came back and helped again in the clothes closet and other things that was needed.
The month has come in with snow and cold temperatures, just the way it’s supposed to be in Alaska. 
The first Saturday of the month, a group of young people came from the Alaska Christian College to help around the Mission.  The girls worked in the clothes closet we have in the basement.  Sorting clothes that people have brought for our residents.  What we can’t use we give to other organizations that give clothes to people that need them.  Also, the girls ironed the curtains that had been washed, but were too wrinkled to hang up in the rooms.  The boys helped Skipper in the shop.  They worked 3 or 4 hours and were a big help.  We showed them the movie about the beginning of the Mission and Skipper talked to them about how God got us up here and all the work that has been done to make the building the place it is today.
One of our residents had a birthday this month.  We celebrated with cake for him.  
We’ve had 10 men with us since last month and the Mission remains full.  The job situation has not been good.  There have been several “day jobs”, but nothing permanent.  If any of you know of work for the men, please contact the Mission office @ (283-5277), many of the men are skilled in carpentry, oil field work, maintenance or mechanics.  They would appreciate any help any of you can give.
We had two special meals prepared for us.  The Mennonite Church brought dinner on the first Sunday night of the month.  Those ladies are great cooks.  Especially, their desserts….
Also, the mission team at Kenai Christian Church brought dinner on the second Friday.  Delicious as usual. 
The weather has been cold and we have gotten more snow.  It is so pretty when the snow clings to the trees.
The month brought in more food and sharing by the” First Friday” team.  The theme was a Polish Christmas celebration.  All kinds of Polish dishes and desserts.
 Many people brought in pies and cookies and candy.  We’ve really enjoyed all those sweets.
The Future Farmers of America group, Midnight Sun, brought cookies they had baked.  We all enjoyed and appreciated the young people thinking of the Mission.
This month has been very busy with Skipper having 2 surgeries on his neck.  He had a pinched nerve and the doctor went in and relieved the pressure on the nerve.  It has been much more complicated and painful than was expected.  The surgeries were successful but there will be several months of rehabilitation. 
We had a blessed Christmas with our residents. They received a bag of gifts and goodies.  Friends, Jeff and Julie and their girls shared dinner with us.
We are looking forward to the New Year and what the Lord has in store for us.

Well, we have turned the corner….our first snow has come and it looks like winter…..
The Kenai Christian Church Mission team brought us an early Thanksgiving dinner on “First Friday” of the month.  They always manage to have a fun theme and really good food.  We appreciate the care they show to the residents and to us.  Especially me, I don’t have to cook dinner that night. 
Later in the month, Thanksgiving Day to be exact, members of the Mennonite Church brought all the fixin’s for Dinner, and even the decorations for the tables.  Several of the families came and celebrated the holiday with us.  It was very enjoyable.  We showed them the Mission film.  They sang hymns, acappella style.  Their voices are beautiful.


Fall is here and the trees have turned a beautiful gold and the air is getting cool.  Winter is around the corner and snow will be here soon. We’ve had a full house of residents since August.  Jobs have been hard to come by and that is discouraging.  If anyone has day jobs or winterizing to do around your homes, our men are willing to work.  


I can’t believe the summer is nearly over….but it’s been a great time.  In June, Skipper and Mary Anne got to take off for 2 weeks and visit family and friends. We went to Louisiana and Texas.  Bill and Becky Callaway from Glenmora, LA came up to take our place at the Mission so we could get away.  A young couple, Will and Melanie, and their 2 children came with them to help out.  Many thanks to them all.  Mary Anne had both eyes operated on to remove cataracts in July.  Then the Lost Creek UMC work team came the last week of the month.  They worked really hard and got a lot accomplished.  This was the 10th year they have made the trip to Alaska to work on the Mission. Great and wonderful friends they have become.

Things have been busy around the “high tunnel”.  Jonathan and Jeremy, two of our residents, have been a real help building the planters.  And Stan a friend has been coming over to help “farmer” Skipper. It’s looking like a real garden in there.   
This has been a beautiful time of year.  Breakup came early and the temperatures have be wonderful.   We are still waiting for good dirt.  So we can plant in the high tunnel.  The top soil is still frozen, just have to wait. 
The Kenai Christian Church brought a delicious meal on “first Friday” of the month. They have been doing this for many years now.  Always a good group of people, bring good food and lots of good talk and laughter.
It’s never been mentioned before, but we want to thank one of our Board members, Fred Swen for keeping this webpage up and going.  He has learned basically on his own.  It does get complicated sometimes.  God bless you, Fred. 

This has been a busy month, we’ve had 9 to 10 men here everyday.  Two of the men went to Homer, looking for work, but fishing boats are not ready yet.  Another one of the men has gone back to Oklahoma to live.

Graydon and several of the guys have worked in the high tunnel (green house) building the elevated planter beds.  They have built 4 and have the wood cut and ready for 4 more.  They are 16 feet long and 4 feet wide.  Lots of room to plant  seeds and grow lots of vegetables.  Fresh tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and much more.  We’re hoping anyway. 

The weather has warmed up (breakup is here) but we’ve still had a number of snow showers all month.  It is slushy and a real mess.  But we know that spring and summer are on the way. 


I hope everyone is doing well and will be blessed by our Lord and Savior during this coming year.

A Beautiful Winter moon.

The New Year has started off quietly and cold. We’ve had eight residents for most of the month.  We’ve had more snow this winter than the last 3 years.

Mary Anne got to go to North Pole to visit two of her daughters and grandkids.
She had a very good time ….

One of our men was baptized at College Heights Baptist Church and has begun attending services there. It is such a blessing for us to have the men come to know their Savior Jesus Christ through the teaching of our faithful Bible teachers.


Last update

10 January 2019