When we received the property from the Probate Court in September, 2004, the clean up work and demolition job was overwhelming.... 

January 2011

As we begin this new year we want to express our appreciation for all of those who have helped us in the past year --- from giving money, to providing food, to sharing your time and your talent. Every donation, regardless of size, is used to enable the doors of Friendship Mission to remain open. It constantly amazes us to see how God uses your gifts to meet our needs.

We are hoping to be able to move into the main building by the end of summer. Things are moving along upstairs with the shower room and bathroom. The Monday Night Prayer Group from Kenai New Life Assembly of God Church spent Saturday working here to complete many little, but time consuming projects.  Some of the men put the hand rails on the stairway,the panic bars on the exit doors, and worked on the emergency lights. The rest of the men worked to reinforce the down stairs bathroom floor, to put up sheet rock, and to begin taping, floating, and sanding the walls.

   

February 2011

The vinyl has been laid in the kitchen, in the upstairs bathroom, and on the platform in the chapel.

March 2011

Thanks to the Monday Night Prayer Group from the Kenai New Life Assembly of God, the basement end wall of the main building, which was made of crumbling cinder block, was reinforced with plywood and 2'x8' uprights as shown below.  
 
After many weeks and with much work done to prepare the plumbing and the floors, the bathrooms now have toilets and lavatories.

April 2011

On April 7, a class from Grace Christian School in Anchorage came on a field trip to the Challenger Learning Center. As a part of this field trip they stopped by with supplies that they had collected for the Mission.      

               

Grace Christian School                                  Nazarene Church Youth

Saturday, April 30, 25 young people from the Soldotna and Nikiski Nazarene Churches were on a 30-hour fast sponsored by World Vision to raise funds to help purchase food for the needy in Haiti. These young people were divided into two groups with the boys helping clean up the yard and girls cleaning the rooms in the main building, making beds, and washing windows.

 May 2011

The Mission expresses a sincere thank you to the Kenai Peninsula Foundation who awarded us a $250 grant to help with our general operating expenses. This organization, an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation,focuses solely on the needs on the Kenai Peninsula through a permanent endowment program.

During the month of May, Skipper and one of the residents tore down the walls connecting the two front buildings. A pantry will be built in this area during the summer.The week of May 23, concrete was poured for the slab in the pantry, gypcrete was poured in the downstairs bathrooms, and a new pad was poured to replace the exisiting one at the front porch, because it heaved during the winter not allowing the door to open properly.

June 2011

The Lost Creek United Methodist Church VIM team began work tearing off the old flat roof and replacing it with a pitched one which will shed snow and reduce leaks.  This new roof extended over the pantry as well as tying the two buildings together.


August 2011

The Board of Directors of Friendship Mission authorized a house to be built for the director and his family. Two one-quarter acre lots needed for a building site were donated by a man in Utah. A house plan is currently being decided upon.  Labor and materials are being donated, and hopefully, work will start on the pad this fall with construction beginning in the spring of 2012.

Friendship Mission was one of several non-profit organizations to receive a variety of trees and shrubs due to the closure of Lowes store.

September 2011

 The bathroom upstairs in the front building has been finished. Also, the laundry room is completed and has a new washer and dryer for use by the residents and the staff.

October 2011

 I would like to introduce our new staff member, Mike Hopp, who begin working here a couple of weeks ago.  He is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Anchorage in 1984. In 1988, he moved to Kenai where he worked as a charter and commuter pilot. He returned to college in 1995 taking classes in electronics and computer science and becoming a computer technician. He also has taught some college classes. In 1998, he began working during the summers for the Fish and Game at their Kenai River Chinook Sonar Site.

 Mike is a Christian and is currently a deacon at Soldotna Bible Chapel. In 2005, he became more involved in his church--teaching 5th and 6th grade Sunday school and being a leader in the Awana program. He is also active in several Bible studies in the community.

A 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 15-passenger van was donated by Ted Williamson. This will be a great help in transporting men to various meetings activities and church.

 

November 2011

Skipper and Mary Anne thank everyone who helped out at the Mission while they were away. Joyce, Angie, and Patty brought meals and helped serve them while we were "outside" traveling to Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. THey returned home on November 3rd from a relaxing two-week vacation with family and friends.

The Thanksgiving Dinner went well with one of our resident's parents visiting from Texas. Each person expressed their thankfulness for the people giving to enable the Mission to be open and available for them.

December 2011

 The vent-a-hood received approval by the city fire marshall and the city inspector so that installation can be completed.

 Dave Bateman recently joined the staff and will assist in preparing meals, aid with mechanical problems, do some carpentry work, and help with the residents. In 1966, When he was 6 years old, his family moved to Alaska from Fort Collins, Colorado.  From then until now, he has worked in various capacities including  a logger, a commercial fisherman, a pipe fitter, a heavy equipment operator, and a mechanic. Then earlier this year, he stayed at the Mission for 3 months, found Jesus as his Savior, went to Homer to help a couple, and now has decided to move to back to Kenai to help with the Mission.

Work has begun on the main kitchen with the installation of the vent-a-hood. Miller Sheet Metal and Heating, Inc. built and installed the unit. This has been such a wonderful blessing.