Annual Activities Report: 2002
A Letter from our Directors
to you, our friends and support team. This
edition of our Activities Report is an opportunity to look back at the
wonderful work that’s been accomplished and look forward to our hopes and
reflect on what an awesome God we serve and look back at the road we have
traveled these past 17 years, we can’t help but feel great excitement in
the knowledge that Friend Ships is being readied for great things ahead.
Many of the long range plans and visions that have occupied our
thoughts and dreams since 1985 are beginning to materialize. God has blessed us with three great ships,
together for the first time in Galveston. They are each being readied for
their next strategic mission of mercy.
We feel by
the Spirit that it is a very special time on earth, time for all of the
Lord’s soldiers to report to their posts!
Thank you friends for listening to what the Lord has put on your
hearts. Thank you for helping
to enable us and others to complete the tasks before us.
It is our honor to work together as a team with you and with our
wonderful staff in Roatán,
Galveston and Los Angeles. What
a grand year lies ahead!
from Don, Sondra and Ray
to be a full and exciting year. “Spirit
of Grace” is in the final stages of being prepared for her very important
upcoming mission to Israel. What a wonderful time to be able to aid this
nation that is torn apart from the inside, distressed economically and
facing the ever present threat of attack from without.
We are considering a request to sail “Spirit” on a mission to
deliver 7 million pounds of food to Haiti.
“Hope” will continue to be readied for immediate storm response
during the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season.
Storehouse One will distribute food to families in the Los Angeles
area as the crew there gathers and handles supplies for international
shipments. It is quite likely
we will make a move from the Port of Galveston, Texas to our own permanent
home base in Lake Charles, Louisiana. We
plan to begin fabricating tents, tarps and other emergency gear in both Roatán and Lake Charles and to open the
Arts & Crafts Souvenir Production School and Daycare at the Village in Roatán.
A look back at 2002-
"Angel of Hope"
an answer to prayer we received this year when “ANGEL OF HOPE” came
flying into our hearts! Through the tremendous generosity of some incredible friends,
“Angel of Hope”, a 4 person R44 helicopter together with pilot and a
full maintenance package has been provided to accompany our ships on
missions, in particular when we sail in response to disasters.
This incredible gift will be used for search and rescue, damage
assessment, emergency evacuation, transportation of medical and relief
staff and many other critical applications. What an exciting new tool!
In May of
2002, we obtained the amazing vessel, “Hope”.
Here is our vision for this newest ship-
natural disasters destroy entire communities, leaving thousands of people
homeless, their crops, livestock and possessions destroyed. Many are
injured, separated from loved ones, lost and confused with no help and no
hope. They need medical care,
food, shelter and supplies to help them make it through this devastating
Friend Ship “HOPE” will deliver materials to construct a temporary tent city. The team will establish it and create:
Mobile medical units to meet health
needs of thousands of disaster victims.
Mobile feeding centers to prepare and
serve tens of thousands of meals.
Distribution of tents, tarps, and
A means to supply flashlights,
generators, blankets, clothing, hygiene supplies and other emergency
Communications to help locate loved
ones network with aid agencies and coordinate with media.
“Hope” will deliver:
· “ANGEL OF HOPE”, the ship’s R-44 helicopter
to transport medical and relief staff to the affected regions, even when
roads and bridges are washed out, to perform search and rescue operations,
damage assessment and many other emergency services.
The ship will function as a home base for medical
personnel on site. With its
clean, comfortable, temperature controlled quarters, "HOPE" will serve
as a place of refreshing for medical and relief workers as they rest and
recharge for another day of intense service on the field.
IN 2002, “HOPE” ran two
missions to Honduras, delivering support for “The Village” and food to
feed famine victims in the Southern region of the mainland of Honduras.
"THE VILLAGE" AT Roatán
In 1997, Friend Ships launched "The Village". We were blessed with 30 acres of raw land. Our men took up machetes and the work began. These are our accomplishments in Roatán to date. We have:
Set up a generating power plant on
the property that now serves as back up for the city electrical system
that has recently been installed.
Dug two wells, set up four tanks and
a water catch system so that we now have storage for 15000 gallons of
rainwater, 10000 gallons of well water and in addition, grey water for
Installed a septic sanitation system
and leech field.
Constructed a 6000 square foot
building with housing for 30 people, a stage and auditorium to seat
several hundred people.
Constructed two buildings for staff
housing for 9 families and an office.
Built an 800 square foot plant
nursery, a 4000 square foot garden greenhouse and constructed five
· Planted hundreds of trees around the property including mango, orange, lemon, grapefruit and avocado. Have grown and are harvesting bananas, plantains and guavas. Have grown many varieties of flowers and vines in the nursery and the garden. Also, started growing decorative gourds to utilize in the art school.
Grown cucumbers, cilantro, parsley,
okra, tomatoes and basil in the garden and established the plantation
which yields tomatoes, yucca, corn, papaya, peppers, cilantro,
cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon and okra.
Conducted research and planning for
the Village Art School.
and marked the sea channel for the safe passage of ships and fishing
· Applied and became a Honduran non-profit corporation with a dispensa for importing goods tax free and an extraordinary agreement of cooperation with the federal government.
Within the community, Friend Ships staff have:
$12 million worth of food, medical
supplies, emergency materials and clothing to Honduras in the aftermath of
Hurricane Mitch making deliveries to the areas not being reached including
La Mosquitia and the island of Guanaja.
Provided millions of dollars worth of
medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the Bay
Islands and the mainland of Honduras and several tons of top quality vinyl
for flood relief on the mainland, building projects here at “The
Village” and for future disaster relief missions.
Supplied the Roatán Hospital with a large water tank,
many beds, tons of supplies, building materials and several pieces of
sophisticated medical equipment.
grand total of $18 million worth of humanitarian goods has been delivered
to Honduras and utilized for the poor.
Hosted several dental teams who
perform extractions and fillings free of charge to hundreds of people and
hosted two eye clinics where eyes are tested and glasses distributed free
of charge to people who could not otherwise afford glasses.
Donated building supplies and
equipment to the fire departments on all three islands, the Roatán Red Cross, mayors office and jails.
Distributed tons of educational
literature, new children’s tennis shoes and other supplies to churches
Hosted a first responder emergency
medical course for Red Cross volunteers, taught two 8 week sessions of
computer training on each end of the island and placed computers in
schools, the hospital, municipal, customs, the judges office and other key
Donated two cars, lights, sirens and
computers to the police department so they could do their job better and
donated a car and computers to immigration.
Collected and delivered thousands of
pounds of food to people in the mainland that live in an area severely
affected by famine.
Constructed room additions, repaired
roofs and did home improvements for widows, single parent families and
fight fires with our team and fire truck, donated the use of two
ambulances to the
community, graded community roads, set power poles, and assisted the
local power company with critical repairs and maintenance.
Ministered regularly to the schools,
hospitals and jails.
These are some of the programs “The Village”
is being created to sponsor:
Art and Crafts
mothers and others will be introduced to the basics of gift production
for marketing to the islands many tourists.
Original hand made crafts will be designed, created and offered
for sale. “The Village”
will house a unique production and shopping center where tourists will
visit to see arts and crafts being created and to purchase gifts.
Proceeds will be used to support student’s families, fund
operating expenses and the purchase of materials for the continuation of
the programs. In addition
to art production, students will be taught business skills and Biblical
principals for life and workmanship.
The program will grow to include additional trade classes and
and women will enroll in training programs designed to provide Christian
education, language skills, first aid training, mission theory, fitness
and nutritional training. In
addition, students will work part time in a variety of departments to
learn practical skills, carry on the operation of the programs and
experience foreign and domestic outreach first hand while gaining
valuable work ethics and character development.
coordination with Friend Ships USA. Friend Ship “Hope” will base
part time at “The Village” and respond to the needs created by
natural disasters. In addition, “Hope” will carry mission students
to the Honduran mainland, the other Bay Islands of Guanaja and Utila,
Guatemala, Belize and Nicaragua for various humanitarian outreaches.
Production including fruits, vegetables and fish farming are being
established at “The Village” to support staff and students, supply
mercy vessels and train missions students in food production.
the community will include daycare facilities for mothers in training.
Children will receive nutritious meals, supervised recreation and
Christian education. Sporting
outreach programs for teens and young adults will be established.
Emergency Medical Services
Fire fighting and ambulance service based at "Thee Village", will be provided free of charge to the community.
Meals and ministry will be offered to the island's low and no income adults, offering ministry about our value to God, our purpose, call, potential and responsibility to the Lord, our families, our communities and our nation.
Many facets of life at “The Village” serve to support the outreach programs including food service, domestic care, construction, grounds keeping, administration, transportation, maintenance and warehousing.
“The village” will grow to become a thriving outreach community where thousands of students receive training that will help them to achieve their potential in the Lord through blessing and caring for the needs of others.
and Tarp Production
We have been blessed
to be the recipients of a
huge amount of high quality vinyl material.
This year we learned
to weld, sew and glue this wonderful product into all kinds of great
items needed to help people, including tents, tarps, rain gear and more.
In addition, we are able to make hardy covers to protect our
equipment and are able to fabricate fabulous temporary warehouses and
shelters. This year, we
hope to start large scale vinyl production of emergency response gear
for distribution and use on the field.
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