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“SPIRIT” AND “SPIRIT OF GRACE”- GALVESTON, TEXAS
Much work has been
accomplished on “Spirit of Grace” as she is prepared for her mission
to Israel. The crew has
repaired electronics, motors, engines, generators, pumps, electrical
systems, cranes and other deck gear, plumbing and sanitation systems.
Much chipping, priming and painting has taken place in the engine
room and on deck. Engine, safety and fire fighting training as well as
orientation classes have been conducted.
Many of the crew will soon receive first aid and CPR training.
A wonderful local company tested and inspected our fire
extinguishers and CO2 system. They
serviced a life raft and hydro tested and filled our SCBA air tanks. We drove to South Carolina to retrieve a donation of $300,000
worth of bulletproof glass, received and loaded two truckloads of tarp
and 400,000 pounds of corn for Spirit’s mission to Central America.
We have secured a distribution system in Guatemala for food to
famine victims through a network of churches that provide food and
ministry in the Camotan region, most heavily effected by the drought.
We were blessed with church teams and youth groups that came to
assist both “Spirit” and “Spirit of Grace”!
HOME BASE - GALVESTON, TEXAS
personnel department has been very busy and we have been happy to
welcome new long term crew for Spirit, Spirit of Grace and Hope with
several people set to join our team in Roatan and others arriving to
work at Home Base. We have
also been privileged to have many FANTASTIC teams at each facility and
amazing guest workers.
has been favored with many corporate donations. These include absorbent
materials, service of forklifts, transportation of Grace engine room
parts to California for servicing, weather fax, phone system, G.P.S.,
fuel filters for Grace engine room, steel bars and plates, flashlights,
batteries, SSB, Furuno radar, water filters, two pallet jacks,
clinometer, nautical software for the bridge, two pumps for Grace,
accommodations for conference, deck tools, engine room tools, and an ice
machine for the Spirit.
of our team attended an exciting C.O.C. church conference in Denver
where they had an opportunity to set up a display and introduce many new
people to the work of “Friend Ships”.
Home Base team have maintained the warehouse, created videos and new
segments for our webpages as well as posters for the tradeshow and
carried on all normal functions of daily life in a charity!
ONE - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA The
Los Angeles team has been greatly assisted by almost daily youth groups
who helped prepare food and supplies to be loaded aboard HOPE for
delivery to Roatan. 46,000
pounds of food, freezers, chairs, and a pick up truck, a pole
installation truck, and a 36-passenger air-conditioned diesel bus were
prepared and loaded. The
warehouse team received donations of washers, dryers, baseball shoes,
and thousands of pounds of dry goods and canned goods.
Fresh honeydew, onions, green onions, celery, corn, lettuce,
grapes, spinach, salad mix, yogurt, pastries and bread have been
collected and distributed through our local Los Angeles and Mexican
network of churches. One
outreach alone reported 110 decisions to follow Christ during one single
week’s food distribution.
FRIENDSHIP HOPE - AT SEA
Lord assembled a great team to prepare Hope to sail from Seattle to Los
Angeles to Honduras and onto Galveston.
came from Sweden, Canada, California, Washington, Texas and Arizona.
Wonderful friends gave us needed fuel, electronic, safety
gear, batteries, food and even an incredible shore boat in fantastic
condition! We have a new SSB with GPS capability that gives Hope
worldwide communication. A
new Furuno radar gives the ship a total of three radars and along with
her sonar system to see beneath the water as well as above, this gives
her exceptional “eyes”. Hope is on her way to be refitted for her
new service as part of the Lord’s navy.
ADDITION “Angel of Hope”, Hope’s helicopter, was flown in from
Florida by George Mott. This new four
place helicopter is faster than a Bell jet, air-conditioned and
is now being refit with the latest navigation system. An inflatable
landing apparatus for water and an infrared heat device to search for
people lost in a disaster, are being installed. “Angel of Mercy”
will be an incredible addition to God’s navy and comes with
maintenance, fuel and helicopter pilots! This is a very, very special
gift from a very, very special group. We thank you Jesus, over and over.
SHIPS VILLAGE” - ROATAN, HONDURAS
"Village" at Mutiny Bay is being created to offer
multi-faceted relief and development programs over the course of our 25
year commitment. This will include missions outreach, educational programs,
youth activities and disaster relief.
we are in a construction phase and the mighty Friend Ships team in
Roatan continue to cut and grade new roads, tile floors, install water
drainage systems and warehouse racks.
Our bulldozer and operator visited the neighboring community of
Punta Gorda where we cut a large flat shelve on top of a steep hill.
This is in preparation for a water tank installation that will enable
the people in that area to have a secure ongoing supply of water for the
first time ever! On the way down the hill, we had the opportunity to
flatten an area for an elderly woman to build her new home.
garden and farm continue to produce eggplant, tomatoes, peppers,
watermelon, parsley and green onions.
We have carried out weekly evangelism outreaches and “beanie
baby” distributions to schools and the local orphanage.
We were blessed to have a wonderful church team join our ranks
from southern California. They worked with great diligence on retaining
walls, painting, laying rock foundation, pruning, housekeeping, tiling
bedroom floors, baking cookies, creating cool drinks, and sorting
clothes. AND even found time to help bring into the world our newest
crewmember, Madeline Tipton Simmons!
NEEDS: This month our greatest needs are:
Victory in the Roatan garden (we
are battling bugs, crabs and too much rain). We are praying the Lord
would supply us a pair of anteaters to breed and some incredible staff
to assist in the greenhouse; people with an exceptional desire to grow
large green thumbs!
Favor with Honduras
immigration that has decided to charge all our “foreigners”
expensive monthly visa fees.
Staff to operate our “art
school” for single Moms to produce souvenirs to sell.
Fuel and just the right supplies
for the mission to Israel.
Fuel and remaining supplies for
the mission to Guatemala.
Boxcars to bring equipment and
supplies from Los Angeles to Galveston.
A financial break- through for
our ongoing expenses.
Divine health for a few of our
staff who are struggling with challenges in this area.
Thanks! We love you and appreciate you more than you will know!