March 2012

A $2000 grant has just been received to help with the purchase of a commercial stove with double ovens for the kitchen. We are going to have a "real" kitchen with no more cooking in the shop.

Mary Anne went to North Pole, Alaska where she visited her daughter and family. It was the youngest granddaughters birthday on St.Patrick's Day. She enjoyed the visit and sight-seeing.

April 2012

Youth Restoration Corps (YRC) and Friendship Mission are pleased to announce their collective partnership in building staff housing for the Mission. This project will provide a hands on job education for local youth in the construction trade industry.  For the past sixteen years YRC has been mentoring youth from 16 to 19 years of age while working to instill a good work ethic, respect, leadership skills, stewardship, a positive self-esteem, and responsible action. Friendship Mission has been providing shelter for homeless men since October, 2005.  Both agencies working together, hope to use their combined strengths to continue the goals of each organization by advancing vocational trade education opportunities for high-school students with the support of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD).

Would you, your corporation, agency, or organization be interested in supporting this worthy effort that will educate our teens in a structured environment while helping the homeless? A mission housing account has been extableished at First National Bank Alaska in Kenai under "Mission Home Building" account number 30939995. You may also contact Youth Restoration Corps (907-262-1032) or Friendship Mission (907-283-5277) for additional information and budget breakdown.  The overall expense of this house is projected to be at $181,600. Both organizations are 501(c)3 nonprofit so all contributions are tax deductable to the full extent of the law.

On April 3, the Mission had received the full amount needed to pay for the new natural gas stove.  God is certainly faithful as His servants hear His voice and respond to the need.  We are thankful for those who helped carry out His plans.

Today, the dishwasher is being installed in the kitchen. It won't be long now before the new kitchen becomes fully operational!

May 2012

This month, the Mayor of Kenai, Pat Porter, delivered the Occupancy Permit, along with a potted plant to the Mission. The entire main building can now be occupied and utilized. Freezers, refrigerators, food, equipment, and supplies have been moved, and meals are now prepared and served in the main building. This took longer than we had planned but we are blessed to be using this facilities.

In June, the Oklahoma Team will be coming and holding a revival the week of June 11 through 14. This is open to the public and everyone is invited.


  REVIVAL
  JUNE 11-14
     FREE SOUP SUPPER
  6:30 TO 7:00
 REVIVAL STARTS AT 7:00PM


The Oklahoma Team arrived on June 11 and planned and set up the revival tent and chairs. They also set up a place for the band to play.

While they were here they removed and replaced the garage door on the back building, put in a counter in the kitchen area, and emptied out the old one-story section of the front building to make it possible to build new offices there.

Later in the month, guests arrived from Louisiana.  John, Sandra and their daughter Kelsey helped around the Mission. John led the men's Bible studies several nights. Sandra made a pot of gumbo which everyone enjoyed. It was relaxing and enjoyable to visit with people from our home area.

July 2012

Two couples from Stillwater, Oklahoma arrived to work at the Mission. The men helped cut down trees at the site of the director's home; they built petition walls in the new office area; and they built a glass block window in the chapel. The ladies made curtains for the dining area and helped with a variety of activities which was a big help for Mary Anne.

August, 2012

The week of August 17 to 24 we (Skipper and Mary Anne)went to Texas to celebrate Skipper's mother's 90th birthday. We had a good visit with her and the other family members as well as with many friends. We left the mission in the capable hands of Dave and Mike. It is good to be back where the weather isn't in the humid 90s.

During this busy summer many things have occurred and much has been accomplished as seen in the pictures to the right and below: trees cleared, office remodeling begun, curtains made and hung in the dining area, revival meetings held, garage door purchased and installed, and kitchen counter installed.

On August 9, the Kenai Peninsula Foundation, an affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, awarded Friendship Mission, Inc. $500 to be used on the continuation of the office remodeling project which was begun in June.

The following picture shows our modern kitchen.

September, 2012

We thank everyone who took time to come to the open house on Saturday. Approximately 60 people stopped by during the two hour period of time to enjoy fellowship, and cookies and coffee. There was a power point running continuously which showed the improvements made since 2004. People were free to do a walk-through to see the finished building. Because of the length of time for the renovation, there were several people who had been involved in the beginning but had not seen the changes in the last several years and were pleasantly surprised at how great the building looks. It is a truth that ALL things are possible with God who definitely is the divine architect in this project.

The time, talent, prayers, and commitment to help by individuals and churches were what made this day a success. You are greatly appreciated! Also, all the goodies donated were delicious.

OPEN HOUSE -- EVERYONE IS INVITED

On Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. an Open House will be held at Friendship Mission. The property was secured in 2004 as a former brothel and rebuilding it into a God-center facility has resulted in major changes. We invite the public to come see Friendship Mission as it is now as compared to what it was when it was purchased.

It is only through God's working in the lives of people that the Friendship Mission has become a reality. This includes donations of: hours of labor; material items; gifts of money; and even relocating to this location. God has truly heard and answered prayers to bring this Mission into being.

October, 2012

To update you on the progress of the new mission house -- the land has been purchased and/or donated. The house plans have been drafted and finalized. Funding for this project is now in progress. Would you, your corporation, agency, or organization be interested in supporting this worthy effort that will educate our teens in a structured environment while helping the homeless? A mission housing account has been established at First National Bank Alaska in Kenai under “Mission Home Building” account number 30939995. You may also contact Youth Restoration Corps (907-262-1032) or Friendship Mission (907-283-5277) for additional information and budget breakdown.

The land for the house is in the process of being cleared. Some of the trees were cut into logs in late September and are ready to be drug out. When all the trees are removed it will be possible to level the land so that a pad can be put in.

November and December 2012

There were no entries during these months because we were searching for a new webpage server.  See you next year.