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Hurricane Sandy Relief EffortsYOU CAN HELP WITH RELIEF: If you would like to help us help the people of New York and are in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area, we are in need of yhe following items (Items listed in order of priority): Fuel-Diesel, Gasoline, Propane (Fuel Cards or Finances needed), Hot Dog Buns, Hot Dogs, Cheese, Coffee, 80-cup Coffee Makers,Liquid Dish Soap (Dawn preferred), Ketchup, Mustard, Hurricane Sandy ReliefRelish, Onions, Chips, Sauerkraut, #10 cans, Cocoa, Cups, Brown Sugar, Oatmeal, Chili, Creamer, Sugar, Generators - 5kw Diesel or Gas. These items may be delivered to our headquarters Monday through Saturday from 8am-5pm. We are also in need of funds for fuel and other items. Please consider making a financial donation by clicking here to donate now. Or you can mail a check/money order to Friend Ships 1019 N. 1st Ave. Lake Charles, LA. 70601.

Friday 11/23/2012

Hurricane Sandy ReliefHURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: Today was the last day of our outreach in Far Rockaway. The kitchen crew prepared food to take out to the elderly and shut-ins as the rest of the teamHurricane Sandy broke down the site and started to pack up the trucks.While we did so, a sweet man came to thank us. He said he had no words to tell us how much he appreciated us coming. Hurricane SandyHe was very emotional and said all of us were God sent and "between you and...

me I see God standing there." What a blessing! By the time the team set up in the lobby of the building with the shut-ins, we had a line! We gave out raisins, apple sauce, apples, bananas, juice, granola bars, packs of tuna, hot meals and of course prayer. We took meals up to the residents who couldn't come down. Our 97 year old new friend said she will miss us very much. She has touched our hearts and will miss her too! Goodbye Far Rockaway. It was an honor to serve you!


Thursday 11/22/2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief

HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE
: Thanksgiving Day several organizations worked together with Friend Ships in Far Rockaway New York to provide a delicious dinner for a large groups of guests that came to the Garden Cafe. We were also able to distribute blankets and other needed items. Our team home delivered meals to elderly shut-ins in a nearby housing complex. It was a wonderful day!

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Monday 11/20/2012

Hurricane SandyHurricane SandyHURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: Today we loaded up the truck with hot chicken soup, made up plates and went to a building about a mile away that we were told had elderly, retired shut-ins and many handicapped that had nothing. When we got to the building on the beach by the boardwalk we found out that residents there were frightened to go out because people had coaxed them to come down with the promise of something free and then robbed and mistreated them. They were excited that somebody came to give them a warm meal, a hug and some prayer. Thanksgiving is coming and we have been given 40 turkeys. We don't know if will be enough but we are going to share with the elderly all that we have. Check out our Face book page for more detailed stories.


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Saturday 11/17/2012

Hurricane Sandy ReliefHURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: Today the team in Far Rockaway took homemade potato soup into a near-by housing project. They spotted a group distributing clothing so set up on a park bench alongside them and served meals. Later they set up the food on a city generator where a line of people waited for help at FEMA and did the same. The crew handed out soup person to person down the line and the people loved it!

From Team Member Tami: “I talked with an Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts82 yrs old man whose house is the one in the picture that is destroyed. I asked him if he lived there and he said yes. He told me he had survived WWII and retired from the New York Fire Department and now he had lost everything in the storm. He looked at me and asked, ‘Can I have a hug?’ Of course I hugged him and prayed for him and he just cried. My heart broke for him.” .


Friday 11/16/2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief EffortsHURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: On Friday we were very busy with guests at the Garden Cafe. We are located beside a school that was damaged in the storm so the local students take a bus out to another school. There is a park along... Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
side of us and it is where buses drop off the kids and the parents pick them up so we have high visibility. People are awestruck that we came all the way from Louisiana to help them. Thank you for helping us do so.


Thursday 11/15/2012

Hurricane Sandy ReliefHURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: The Garden Cafe continues to serve meals in Far Rockaway, Queens in New York. A second team is going out with trucks that are delivering supplies into needy neighborhoods. Our teams distribute food and pray with people. We are also going to find out the location of home bound elderly residents so that we are able to deliver food to them.


Wednesday 11/14/2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: The team arrived in New York last night. We selected a spot to start food service operations in the Far Rockaway district of Queens. This is the area where 80 homes were burned to the ground during the hurricane. Wednesday was the first day of food service and it was smooth and productive. We fed chili dogs and home made cookies. Metro Ministries of Brooklyn and the NYPD have been most helpful in every way. Here are a few stories from the site:

  • A Father and Son...
  • A woman's story...
Wednesday as we started to provide hot meals to the people of New York, a man in his early 30's drove up with his 10 year old son. The man told us that he thought he would like to demonstrate to his son the practice of giving to people in need. He took him to the market and they shopped for all of his favorite foods -cakes, peanut butter, jelly, etc. Then they bought nutritious items - rice, beans, cereals, and all kinds of breads and many wonderful things. They shopped until they had filled the back seat of their car high, then drove out to the damaged area and realized they didn't know quite how to give it away without starting a riot or getting someone hurt including themselves. Then they saw our outdoor Garden Cafe. They walked up and the man told us he had groceries in the back of his car that he bought for those in need. He asked if we might be interested in cooking it or giving it to the poor. We said certainly. He took us out to his car full of well thought out items. You could see it was all purchased with a great deal of love. We began to unload the car as his son looked on. They were so happy to be of some help. We said to the son, “This is a great thing your father does.” He said, “My father is a great man and he loves people. “ We saw the admiration on the child's face toward his father for being such a good man. We asked them to come in and have a cup of hot chocolate but the father said they were in a hurry and would have to leave but they would come back and have dinner with us later in the week. The team is excited and looking forward to their return. We prayed for the man and his son and the good example that he was setting for his son, teaching his child the importance of loving those who are hurting and in need. As we prayed for him he was choking back the tears and hurried away. Please pray for this man's return that we may get to know him better. What a privilege it is to get to meet such a man who truly knows the importance of the demonstration of love and is willing to share it with his son.
"I don't usually minister to people in the tent when we are serving food. Usually I help prepare the food and also act as a runner for what people in food service need. Today I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to minister to some women in the tent while they ate their food. I was overwhelmed with compassion as I sat and listened to a lady who was almost 60 years old. As she spoke to me with her broken English I could sense how she was hurting inside yet was so grateful for the small things that God had been doing for her. She told me with tear filled eyes things that she had lost because of Hurricane Sandy. She was all alone and had no electricity, running water or heat in her home. And she had just lost her parents within the last five months. She was praising and thanking God as she told me of the wisdom that He had given her to hear water with candles and plug her bathroom tub with a gallon milk cover to keep the hot water in. With tear filled eyes she thanked me as I prayed for and hugged her. She was so grateful that God would bring the Friend Ship's crew all the way to New York so that she could have a nice warm meal and someone to talk to and be prayed for."
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Hurricane Sandy Relief EffortsYOU CAN HELP: If you would like to help us help the people of New York and are in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area, we are in need of yhe following items (Items listed in order of priority): Fuel-Diesel, Gasoline, Propane (Fuel Cards or Finances needed), Hot Dog Buns, Hot Dogs, Cheese, Coffee, 80-cup Coffee Makers, Liquid Dish Soap (Dawn preferred), Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Onions, Chips, Sauerkraut, #10 cans, Cocoa, Cups, Brown Sugar, Oatmeal, Chili, Creamer, Sugar, Generators - 5kw Diesel or Gas. These items may be delivered to our headquarters Monday through Saturday from 8am-5pm. We are also in need of funds for fuel and other items. Please consider making a financial donation by clicking here to donate now. Or you can mail a check/money order to Friend Ships 1019 N. 1st Ave. Lake Charles, LA. 70601.


Monday 11/12/2012

HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: The Friend Ships convoy of trucks and team departed for New York on Sunday. An advance team will arrive in NY today to select a location to set up our food service site.

YOU CAN HELP: If you would like to help us help the people of New York and are in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area, we are in need of yhe following items (Items listed in order of priority): Fuel-Diesel, Gasoline, Propane (Fuel Cards or Finances needed), Hot Dog Buns, Hot Dogs, Cheese, Coffee, 80-cup Coffee Makers, Liquid Dish Soap (Dawn preferred), Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Onions, Chips, Sauerkraut, #10 cans, Cocoa, Cups, Brown Sugar, Oatmeal, Chili, Creamer, Sugar, Generators - 5kw Diesel or Gas. These items may be delivered to our headquarters Monday through Saturday from 8am-5pm. We are also in need of funds for fuel and other items. Please consider making a financial donation by clicking here to donate now. Or you can mail a check/money order to Friend Ships 1019 N. 1st Ave. Lake Charles, LA. 70601.


Monday 11/05/2012

HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: The Friend Ships team will be departing this week for Staten Island, New York in order to provide meal service to residents recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. We will set up a cafe where people can take a break and relax with a hot meal. Hundreds of thousands of residents are still without power and with little access to food stores. Knowing they have a place to go to dine, talk with neighbors and receive spiritual encouragement and prayer is a major blessing. listed here.

YOU CAN HELP: If you would like to help us help the people of New York and are in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area, we are in need of yhe following items (Items listed in order of priority): Fuel-Diesel, Gasoline, Propane (Fuel Cards or Finances needed), Hot Dog Buns, Hot Dogs, Cheese, Coffee, 80-cup Coffee Makers, Liquid Dish Soap (Dawn preferred), Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Onions, Chips, Sauerkraut, #10 cans, Cocoa, Cups, Brown Sugar, Oatmeal, Chili, Creamer, Sugar, Generators - 5kw Diesel or Gas. These items may be delivered to our headquarters Monday through Saturday from 8am-5pm. We are also in need of funds for fuel and other items. Please consider making a financial donation by clicking here to donate now. Or you can mail a check/money order to Friend Ships 1019 N. 1st Ave. Lake Charles, LA. 70601.


Tuesday 10/30/2012

HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE: Friend Ships is assessing the damage created by Hurricane Sandy and will determine the best way our organization can be of assistance. We will post updates as our plans develop.

YOU CAN HELP:If you would like to help us help the people of New York and are in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area, we are in need of yhe following items (Items listed in order of priority): Fuel-Diesel, Gasoline, Propane (Fuel Cards or Finances needed), Hot Dog Buns, Hot Dogs, Cheese, Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Onions, Chips, Sauerkraut, #10 cans. These items may be delivered to our headquarters Monday through Saturday from 8am-5pm. We are also in need of funds for fuel and other items. Please consider making a financial donation by clicking here to donate now. Or you can mail a check/money order to Friend Ships 1019 N. 1st Ave. Lake Charles, LA. 70601.


Wednesday 09/19/2012

Hurricane Isaac - mission wrapping up..Mission completeHURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE: We have completed the mission to Jean Lafitte for now. Electrical power has been restored, there is no longer need of food service and we will return to our ongoing projects at Port Mercy. It has been an good outreach with thousands of meals served, tons of commodities distributed and many homes cleaned and gutted. We leave our hearts with the fine people of this town. Thank you Lord for allowing us to help people in times of need.

Hurricane Isaac clean up

Hurricane Isaac clean up

Hurricane Isaac clean up

THANK YOU: On behalf of Friend Ships, Don and Sondra Tipton we would like to thank Davene, Carolyn, Elaine, Theresa, Jeff, John, Paul, Danny, Judy, Sam, Nan, Frank, Angela, Eleanor, Eileen, Neil, Curtis, 1st Baptist Church of Maplewood, Kiwanas Club, Stanley Filter and Resource Mgmt of St. Landry for your generous financial gifts to help the people of Jean Lafitte!


Thursday 09/13/2012

Isaac Relief - Providing hot mealsHURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: Today was a great day at the site. We got in a beautiful load of food and we were able to bless the Senior Citizens Center with cakes, cookies, frozen veggies, and bread. They were excited to receive the goodies as they have had to put a hold on the birthday parties due to the hurricane! We continued to provide meals to the volunteers working to restore the school library that was completely destroyed by flooding. 35 meals a day go to the high school teachers and Christian volunteers working to restore the library.

A man came to find Crewman Shay and give him a gift of a small alligator statue with a thank you written on base. Shay prayed with this man to receive Jesus last year when we were working there after Tropical Storm Lee flooded them out.

Isaac Relief - Cooking hot meals...Isaac Relief - Cooking hot meals...It was a good day in the Garden Cafe. We served red rice and beans with sausage. It went lightning fast and the people lingered and relaxed. They didn’t seem in a hurry to go anywhere giving plenty of time for ministry. We will be making red beans and rice again tomorrow by popular demand. Sea Hawk Squad leader Mike met a lady who came in for lunch. He explained to her about how she could have a relationship with the Lord and they prayed together so that she could receive Jesus into her heart.

A lady came though the line to receive commodities today. She brought a crab sandwich for 2nd year Sea Hawk Joshua. The woman told Josh how much we have meant to them as she cried, grabbed his hand and asked for him to pray.

There were many thanks from the community to the Sea Hawks today, telling them how much they loved them. The Mayor and High School will be hosting us again this year at the football game. The school still has a good deal of damage but they have started back to school to attempt to get the kids back to some normality. The team was practicing last week in a field. The locals here are serious about their football and no hurricane is going to stop the team from playing.

Isaac Relief - clean up...

Isaac Relief - clean up...

Isaac Relief - Cooking hot meals...

Isaac Relief - Serving hot meals...

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Tuesday 09/11/2012

Isaac relief - Friend Ships continues to cook meals...HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: Today the City of Sulphur Louisiana in association with the Maplewood First Baptist Church delivered a truckload of much needed items. If you would like to help us financially to continue assisting those in need, please click here to donate now.

Isaac relief delivered by First Baptist Church in Sulfure, LA

Isaac relief delivered by First Baptist Church in Sulfure, LA

Isaac relief delivered by First Baptist Church in Sulfure, LACURRENT HURRICANE ISAAC NEEDS LIST: If you are in the local community and want to help us with items, here is a list of what we need-Generators, chain saws, plastic cutlery, styrofoam cups, toilet paper, napkins, extension cords-commercial 15 amp (any length), 10’ x 20’ tents, 10’ x 10’ tents, garden hoses-RV or food grade-50’ or 100’ (2000’ total required), hot dogs, sausage, hot dog buns, condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish), cooking oil, sugar, creamer, beans, fuel-propane, gas & diesel.


Monday 09/10/2012

Helping with Flood clean up

Helping with Flood clean up

Helping with Flood clean up

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HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: The team continues to provide food, distribute commodities, help clean homes and minister spiritually to the residents of Jean Lafitte.

CURRENT HURRICANE ISAAC NEEDS LIST: If you are in the local community and want to help us with items, here is a list of what we need-Generators, chain saws, plastic cutlery, styrofoam cups, toilet paper, napkins, extension cords-commercial 15 amp (any length), 10’ x 20’ tents, 10’ x 10’ tents, garden hoses-RV or food grade-50’ or 100’ (2000’ total required), hot dogs, sausage, hot dog buns, condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish), cooking oil, sugar, creamer, beans, fuel-propane, gas & diesel.

Donation of frozen and fresh food...

Isaac Relief - food cooking

Isaac Relief - Serving food

Isaac Food Services

Isaac Relief - helping clean up damaged homes...

Isaac Relief - food service

Jean Lafitte, Hurricane Isaac relief


Friday 09/07/2012

Friend Ships, serving hot meals during Isaac recoveryHURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: A man came to the dining tent that had a family and had not been paid in three weeks. He didn't know what to do so Angelica prayed with him. He came back to the dining tent today, picked Angelica up in the air and said he had received his pay!

Another man came to the tent to eat and explained that he had lived through 25 storms. He said it used ... to be a challenge but now, as he gets older, it is such a heavy burden. How wonderful that our young, strong Sea Hawks can lend a hand to ease that burden.

Kayla and a team went to work in a flooded home that was built in 1906. It had been an old general store. Out of appreciation for the work the Sea Hawks did the residents served them a lunch of deer tamales.

The Sea Hawks baled water out of a man’s boat while it was sinking under them. The boat was saved and the man turned out to be the Mayor of the city of Grand Isle. In thanks, he invited the Sea Hawks to a Cajun feast.

Hurricane Isaac flood relief

Hurricane Isaac flood relief

A team went to one of the few houses that had electrical power. One of them was asked if he wanted to take out the final peace of dry wall so with a swing of the sledge hammer he not only took out the drywall but the power! The little lady who owned the house said "Oh honey, don't worry about it. I'm going to rewire the whole house" and she really meant that she was going to personally rewire the house. The people of Jean Lafitte are awesome!

If you would like to help us financially to continue assisting those in need, please click here to donate now.

CURRENT HURRICANE ISAAC NEEDS LIST: If you are in the local community and want to help us with items, here is a list of what we need-Generators, chain saws, plastic cutlery, styrofoam cups, toilet paper, napkins, extension cords-commercial 15 amp (any length), 10’ x 20’ tents, 10’ x 10’ tents, garden hoses-RV or food grade-50’ or 100’ (2000’ total required), hot dogs, sausage, hot dog buns, condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish), cooking oil, sugar, creamer, beans, fuel-propane, gas & diesel..


Thursday 09/06/2012

Friend Ships - taking relief workers in helicopter to check out the area...HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: We continue providing food service, are taking various relief workers up to get an overview of the situation and continue to distribute commodities and help clean up homes. The team prayed for a lady today who had lost everything she had and yet she was so grateful that she could come to receive a meal. Many times residents receive prayer from our teams several times in a day– in the line to get commodities, in the dining room, when they leave the dining room and in their homes yet it seems to be welcomed and appreciated every time! If you would like to help us financially to continue assisting those in need, please click here to donate now.

Isaac food services...

Other relief workers...

praying for people

People coming for food and prayer...

Friend Ships helping during Isaac recovery

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Praying for people and loving on them...

Friend Ships helicopter -

Pilot Ron, taking relief workers up to check out the flood damage...

Friend Ships disaster response

 

Friend Ships helicopter

Friend Ships responding to Hurricane Isaac

 


Wednesday 09/05/2012

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HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: This mission continues to be a very emotional mission with much prayer and people opening their hearts to the Lord. A Sea Hawk prayed for a man who did not have power. His appliances had been flooded and he was concerned they wouldn't work anymore. He didn't have the money to replace them. The man left and went to his house to find the power restored and all appliances in working order. He came back to give the good report of answered prayer!

A “Hawk” who worked at the kitchen and dining area today, was cleaning the bathroom when joy and excitement came over him as the Lord revealed to him that no matter what he was doing - working the distribution, gutting a house, praying in the tent, or scrubbing the toilet - the Lord is using him and every job is equally important.

Working with the National Guard today Shawn was talking with one of the soldiers who was facing a medical discharge but he wanted to stay in the military. Shawn prayed for him and he was very moved that the Hawks truly cared about his welfare. Another National Guard soldier who has been working side by side with the Sea Hawks always tells the residents as they are leaving "Have a great day". Today he shocked even himself by telling each one to “Have a blessed day". The influence of the Hawks was evident.

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Two insurance agents came to the tent to eat and gave us a $100 donation as they left, saying, “You don't see young people like this these days and seeing the Sea Hawks gives us hope.” A local guide offered us Swamp Tours from in appreciation of all the hard work.

While the Sea Hawks distributed goods and prayed with people in each car, an entire van full of guys asked if they could do what the Sea Hawks do. We are so thankful and just praise the Lord that any of these young people could be in the army doing their boot camp, void of anything about Jesus, the love of God in their lives and the joy that He brings as they pray and work for others. We are so proud of them. Their parents must be thinking, “Quite a boot camp.”

If you would like to help us financially to continue assisting those in need, please click here to donate now.

CURRENT HURRICANE ISAAC NEEDS LIST: If you are in the local community and want to help us with items, here is a list of what we need-Generators, chain saws, plastic cutlery, styrofoam cups, toilet paper, napkins, extension cords-commercial 15 amp (any length), 10’ x 20’ tents, 10’ x 10’ tents, garden hoses-RV or food grade-50’ or 100’ (2000’ total required), hot dogs, sausage, hot dog buns, condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish), cooking oil, sugar, creamer, beans, fuel-propane, gas & diesel..


Sea Hawks in Jean LaFitte...

The Sea Hawks, long days...

Church still with flooding

Water going down...

Loading Cars...

Relief supplies...


Tuesday 09/04/2012

A gentleman was moved to tears while in our dining room today as he asked for prayer for his mother who was in poor health. He had been on the news for rescuing people in his boat during the storm when other rescue teams would not respond.
Isaac clean up, finding wildlife inside houses...
A team of guys went to help gut a home. They gutted the living room and bedrooms and when they got to the bathroom there were four alligators chilling in the bath tub. True story!

We have had several comments from local residents who remember us from last year and say how much they love us and say we are the real thing. Coming to help and asking for nothing in return.

Flooded yardsMany people are seeing their homes for the first time today. Amy met one of the residents who's home is still six feet under water. She has had several heart attacks and takes care of her grandchildren who are scared and confused by the situation. Amy prayed for her and she broke down crying and grabbed Amy not wanting to let her go. Prayer for the people here has given them great comfort.

Ron prayed for a three people that came to pick up meals for a team working in the area still flooded and they had not had a meal since the hurricane. They have been living on chips and donuts and snacks. They are still up to their waist in water over there. The man was shaking and the two women were crying and thanking the Jesus for his goodness as they were alive and well and he sent people like us to help. When the older woman came back to pick up the evening meal for the outpost she was in great spirit and had us in stitches with stories of her Cajun family and Cajun life here on the Bayou.

Flooding from Isaac...The team prayed for someone going to the hospital for heart problems. When they arrived the heart problems had gone.

The Sea Hawks have had continual opportunities to minister to people by being asked why they do this for no pay. Why do they volunteer to do work most will not do for pay? Then they share the Gospel and that they do this out of love, that they truly enjoy serving others because of what the Lord has done in their life, that this is their opportunity to give back and show the love to others that was shown to them.

In the distribution line a Sea Hawk was praying for a woman when in the middle of the prayer she burst into tears thanking him for praying for her.

A young man was talking to a couple of lady's in the food tent that acted like they wished he would just go away and let them eat in peace. But when he told them how the Lord had delivered him from drugs and alcohol, they stopped eating and wanted to hear more about his Jesus story.

CURRENT HURRICANE ISAAC NEEDS LIST: If you are in the local community and want to help us with items, here is a list of what we need-Generators, chain saws, plastic cutlery, styrofoam cups, toilet paper, napkins, extension cords-commercial 15 amp (any length), 10’ x 20’ tents, 10’ x 10’ tents, garden hoses-RV or food grade-50’ or 100’ (2000’ total required), hot dogs, sausage, hot dog buns, condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish), cooking oil, sugar, creamer, beans, fuel-propane, gas & diesel...


Monday 09/03/2012

Isaac Relief - Food service and prayer...HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: The team started to provide food service today and they are going house to house, helping with clean-up. They worked at the home of a couple in their 80's who lost their boat in the storm and were overwhelmed at all the clean-up they had to do. The Sea Hawks provided help, from Jesus with love! We are able to encourage many people spiritually and are working alongside the National Guard. If you would like to help us financially to continue assisting those in need, please click here to donate now.

Jefferson Parish still flooded after Isaac...

Jefferson Parish still flooded after Isaac...

Sea Hawks setting up the dinning area

Setting up dinning area...

Food preparations...

Food service - Dinner time...

Isaac relief supplies coming in...

Relief supplies coming in...

Cemeteries still flooded...

Cemeteries are still flooded...

Isaac food service - Feeding those still without power...

Food service - Feeding those still without power and other relief workers...


Saturday 09/01/2012

HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: The Friend Ships Disaster Relief Team is working in Jean LaFitte and there is much to do. They are serving alongside the city personnel and National Guard to start initial clean-up. We will be ready to start providing meals tomorrow. If you would like to help us financially to continue assisting those in need, please click here to donate now.


Friday 08/31/2012

Friend ships Response team in traveling to flood areas...HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: Our The team left this morning for Jean LaFitte. A second unit will leave tomorrow morning. The Sea Hawks and crew arrived at Jean LaFitte where the Mayor's office still has waist high water. This area has received flooding before but this is the worst they have seen because when the new floodgates around New Orleans were closed, water was diverted into this area. That coupled with the large size and slow forward motion of Hurricane Isaac created a terrible situation.The city officials were so happy to see our team roll in and first thing tomorrow morning, we'll start helping the local residents to clean up their homes and start to provide hot meal service and spiritual support.

Flood areas...Feed the Children is helping us by sending in a truckload of excellent supplies to be utilized and distributed. We have received donations of food and paper products for serving food. We have bottled water and plenty of heavy duty tarp on hand. Our biggest need now is prayer cover and funds to buy fuel for our generators, trucks and helicopter.

We'll keep the website posted with daily updates. Thank you for your helping us reach out to people in desperate circumstances. If you would like to help us financially to prepare, please click here to donate now.

CURRENT HURRICANE ISAAC NEEDS LIST: If you are in the local community and want to help us with items, here is a list of what we need-Generators, chain saws, plastic cutlery, styrofoam cups, toilet paper, napkins, extension cords-commercial 15 amp (any length), 10’ x 20’ tents, 10’ x 10’ tents, garden hoses-RV or food grade-50’ or 100’ (2000’ total required), hot dogs, sausage, hot dog buns, condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish), cooking oil, sugar, creamer, beans, fuel-propane, gas & diesel.


Thursday 08/30/2012

HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: Hurricane Isaac Response Team enroute...Our teams will leave early tomorrow morning for Jean Lafitte where much of the town is severely flooded. City officials tell us it is the worst flooding they have ever experienced and will be bringing us in with them to start the process of helping to restore the city. We'll post daily updates and photos when available. So far we have been blessed to have received donations of rice, cornmeal, beans, sausage, pork steaks, Styrofoam dishes, cleaning products, meals-ready-to-eat, nutrition bars and hundreds of family boxes with hygiene and cleaning supplies for distribution to households. If you would like to help us financially to prepare, please click here to donate now.


Wednesday 08/29/2012

HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: Because of it's large size and slow motion Hurricane Isaac is taking a greater toll than anticipated. There is significant surge, flooding and some levee's here in Louisiana have been topped. Driving rains and wind will continue throughout the day today, Wednesday. The Friend Ships team will continue to prepare to roll in as soon as the storm passes. If needed, a food service crew will follow. If you would like to help us financially to prepare, please click here to donate now.


Tuesday 08/28/2012

HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: As Hurricane Isaac approaches, Port Mercy is now secure and ready for a storm although we do not anticipate significant winds or surge here. As soon as the hurricane passes we'll be sending in the team to the Jefferson Parish city of Jean LaFitte. Jean LaFitte is located just outside the protection of the New Orleans levee system. Serious flooding is anticipated there. If needed, a food service crew will follow. If you would like to help us financially to prepare, please click here to donate now.


Monday 08/27/2012

HURRICANE ISAAC RESPONSE UPDATE: As Hurricane Isaac approaches we are preparing on two levels. In the event that the storm tracks more to the West as it has been doing the past two days we are preparing Port Mercy to be secure and enable us to be ready to help others in our community immediately following the storm. If Issac stays on it's present course or tracks west beyond us, we are preparing to be ready to respond with food service, tarp distribution and other services as needed. We appreciate your prayers. We have many expenses to prepare including propane, fuel, chain saws and many other items. If you would like to help us financially to prepare, please click here to donate now.


Thursday 07/12/2012

UPDATE: Conference Center Pearl and Motor Sailor Divine Wind arrived in Roatán with their crew who joined the team there to carry out the work of the ministry. We were very blessed to have Dr. Roger Siratt and his wife Sallie spend a week with us teaching the Sea Hawks each day. In the evenings, we hosted the first conferences aboard MV Pearl and they were exciting! The boat performed its purpose flawlessly as we packed the house with the island Pastors and some from the Mosquito Coast on the mainland of Honduras who joined us for three nights of ministry and a Pastor’s wives conference in the afternoon. We were happy to have an opportunity to donate an electric bicycle to Pastor Galindo in Roatán who provides food to hundreds of people in need every day from his church in downtown Coxen Hole. He was excited to receive the bike which his ministry will use to home deliver meals to people who are bedridden.

Two-thirds of both the first and second year Sea Hawks have decided to stay on for another year, so our team continues to grow! As Pearl and Divine Wind arrived home to Port Mercy, we are eagerly planning for the next year. We are now in hurricane season and will stand-by to provide relief in the event of a catastrophic storm. As we do so, we’ll work on our equipment, provide upgrades to Port Mercy including construction of all the wonderful warehousing we were able to obtain last year and we will prepare for a medical mission to Honduras sometime after the first of the year. Pearl will sail first to provide training, ministry and coordination with Honduran Pastors. Integrity will follow with the equipment, supplies and people we need to conduct the mission. StoreHouse One Los Angeles and Lake Charles will continue to collect and distribute food to the local communities as the team in Roatán works to plan and carry out a soccer ministry to Honduran youth.

Friday 05/25/2012

MV Pearl and MV Divine Wind in the harbor at the Village in Roatan, Honduras...UPDATE: Pearl and Divine Wind are anchored in the harbor at Friend Ships Village. At the village Captain Stan and the Sea Hawks worked on building the new dock for the boats to come in. If you can see the tall masts in the background, that is Divine Wind!

Monday 05/14/2012

UPDATE: The team at Friend Ships Village in Roatan Honduras has been busy this month. The facility has hosted several meetings led by local church Pastors including prayer, fasting, Royal Rangers and a service held with men and women who sought to rekindle their spiritual lives and rededicate themselves to spreading the Gospel. The Sea Hawks have been very active in evangelistic outreaches to local villages in Roatan, street ministry, participation with local congregations, prayer visitations to the municipal hospital and eye glass distributions to school children. The garden has been producing wonderful fruits,vegetables, herbs and seeds, enabling food service to create tasty meals. Local pastors taught our food service department to cook Honduran cuisine as we prepare to be able to feed our incoming Central American students as well as teach them to produce food to sustain themselves and help others.

The Sea Hawks continue with sailing classes as the Hawks aboard Pearl and Divine Wind receive additional seamanship courses from Captain Stan. These two boats are making their way from California to Roatan. They have been waiting their turn at the Panama Canal to transit through and complete their journey and are now scheduled for next week.

At home base Port Mercy we are working on the redesign and activation of a 41' mobile kitchen and a truck with sleeping quarters to pull it. We hope to have the rig ready soon to be able to respond effectively to help people who are victims of natural disasters and require food service.

Monday 04/16/2012

UPDATE: This past week at Port Mercy, we loaded 60 pallets of precious medical supplies on trucks for Ministries dedicated in serving Haiti and Mexico and other destinations for the needy.

Tuesday 03/27/2012

UPDATE: The Divine Wind arrived safely in Costa Rica and will wait there for Pearl to meet up with them before heading to the Panama Canal.

In Roatán the Sea Hawks have been in training and have been going through the new obstacle courses. They are doing great and what team work as they help each other get through them. The team has been busy learning all the nautical terms and parts of a sailboat with Ms. Julie. The Sea Hawks are doing an amazing job in the garden and they are starting to see the fruits of their labor.

 

Wednesday 03/21/2012

UPDATE: At the Village in Roatán, work continues to prepare the facilities for the Central American Sea Hawks program while the team continues their language, fitness, Bible Study and maritime class. They also find plenty of time to reach out to local community.

The Divine Wind and the Conference Center Pearl, on a voyage from the U.S. West Coast to Roatán has been in port at Salina Cruz, Mexico this week and had the opportunity to minister at some local churches. Here is a report from Pastor Bo Melin:

"I preached at a new church plant amongst an indigenous people. They have their own language, but many also speak Spanish. The pastor wanted us to share about missions because he was challenging the church in this area. Sea Hawk David shared briefly about the Sea Hawk program. Sea Hawk Jennifer interpreted. The church meets in the home of one of the members. Basically it is a small walled in compound with several thatched huts. The room we met in was concrete block. The congregation was mostly children with a handful of adults.”

Following the service we were taken to a nearby fishing village where several families had lost their homes in a fire one week ago. Specifically we had gone to pray with one young couple that the church had previously reached out to. They were not believers. The young woman had a C-section gone bad – spent 21 days in the hospital. On coming home, the newborn became sick. Remembering that the church people had encouraged her to pray to Jesus, she did and the baby recovered. Right after that, their home burnt to the ground and they lost everything. We accompanied a few members of the church to visit them and bring them gifts. I was very moved by the loving way in which this mission church was reaching out in practical ways to help this young family. The young man showed us the molten ruin of his fishing net – his only means of income. We will be replacing that tomorrow and giving it through the church. The church also plans to help this family rebuild their home and start a weekday Bible study there and eventually plant a church in that village.

"Following our visit with this family we were brought back to the first village where they served us a wonderful meal of tamales.”

Wednesday 02/22/2012

UPDATE: Friend Ship Integrity returned home to Port Mercy from Honduras after delivering tons of equipment and supplies to help disaster victims and birth the new Sea Hawks Central America training program. The North American Sea Hawks remained on the island of Roatán to carry out the work of preparing for the new program while the ship sailed to the mainland to deliver temporary shelters, blankets and other emergency relief items.

In Sea Hawk team in Roatán has started to outreach into the community as they prepare to fit children for new eyeglasses and develop a soccer league at Friend Ships Village as a ministry to the youth.

Friend Ships Pearl and Divine Wind sailed from the US West Coast in mid February and will meet the team in Roatán where Pastor Bo Melin will conduct Pastor's training seminars aboard FS Pearl. Pastor Melin will be teaching principles of effective church leadership he has learned from 43 years of full time ministry, principals that lift the level of righteous leadership.

Monday 02/06/2012

UPDATE: Friend Ships Integrity sailed for mainland Honduras in order to deliver temporary shelters, heavy duty vinyl for emergency relief and blankets, new shoes, eye glasses and sports equipment. The team in Roatán continue to train and prepare for the Central American Sea Hawk program. Friend Ship Pearl is currently in dry dock in Los Angeles completing her restoration and we hope to sail this week with both Pearl and Divine Wind.

Tuesday 01/31/2012

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The Friend Ships team in Roatán Honduras has made great progress in off-loading the ship, planting vegetables, growing fish and otherwise preparing the facility to birth Sea Hawks Central America. We were able to deliver warm clothing to be delivered by a ministry to impoverished people in a mountainous area of the mainland. We brought vitamins and dental equipment for a local clinic on Roatán and this weekend we'll deliver temporary shelters to help with flood vitamins on the West Coast of Honduras.

Monday 01/10/2012

Divine Wind finished with dry dock....The Friend Ships team that worked on Divine Wind and finished dry docking and now preparing to sail...UPDATE: Divine Wind's work in dry dock is complete and she on her way home for final sailing preparations.

The wonderful team that saw her through dry dock and are bringing her home for final preparations.

Sunday 01/01/2012

UPDATE: The Friend Ships vessel Integrity has arrived! After reaching land and getting things finished at the dock the Sea Hawks headed to the Village for Self Defense Training for the 1st year Sea Hawks were Dan and Courtney will explain self defense to 1st year Sea Hawks and put it into action.

Get the gangway... Lines... LAND!!!!!  Arrived in Roatan, Honduras at last... Sea Hawks in self defense training at the Village in Roatan, Honduras...

Monday 12/26/2011

UPDATE: Friend Ship Integrity arrived in Roatan is loaded with a thousand tons of humanitarian aid and materials needed to birth Sea Hawks Central America! When the ship arrives this weekend, the crew will off-load the supplies and then break into various departments to produce food and construct facilities for the new students. By the end of January, Friend Ships Pearl and Divine Wind will start their long voyage from Los Angeles through the Panama Canal and onto Honduras before returning to the Port Mercy.

Friday 12/09/2011

UPDATE: This week, the Sea Hawks and Friend Ships crew continue getting ready for the upcoming mission to Honduras, with loading, cleaning, chipping and painting taking place on the ship Integrity.

Monday 10/24/2011

UPDATE: This week, the Sea Hawks are in Tyler, Texas participating in an effective outreach called Hell House, a Christian answer to the typical Halloween haunted house. It is a theatrical production that depicts the Christian message of accepting Jesus and going to heaven rather than descending into hell. As the reality of this choice is brought home to people through the graphic presentation, hundreds of people make a decision to follow the Lord. Our teams are honored to be a part of the effective evangelistic production.

Saturday 09/10/2011

Food service continues in Jean LaFitte, as several teams are sent out to homes for debris removal and to help people clean up. Yesterday one team worked at a cemetery that had gotten damaged up by the flood waters.
Some of the city residents came and set up a 56 “ TV screen in the Friend Ships dining area so our team could watch the Saints and Green Bay Packers game and some residents are helping us by bringing in big pots of gumbo!
Our dining area has become a peaceful place for people to relax and talk, just as we wanted it to be. Our team is having an opportunity to talk to and pray with many people. Talking with those affected by the floods...At this time, because of the critical and immediate needs we see in Jean Lafitte and the vital part we feel we can play in helping and ministering to the people in this community, we have put plans on hold for North Carolina where needs are less immediate and other organizations are already working. Check back here for updates. Click here to see our current needs list. CURRENT NEEDS LIST: Friend Ships is collecting specific supplies for Hurricane and Relief Efforts.  Find out our current needs and how you may help touch lives.  Currently we are accepting supplies like Non-Perishable Food, hygienic supplies (new), cleaning products and supplies etc. Click here to find out more>>>


Wednesday 09/07/2011

The Friend Ships team cooking and serving meals to those in the Lafitte, LA UPDATE: The team set up food service at City Hall in Jean LaFitte. We provided lunch to several hundred residents and sent teams out to help homeowners deal with the water damage they have suffered. The Mayor's office has been very gracious and provided us with a wonderful set up site and even a place to stay. The Sea Hawks were able to pack up their tents and port-o-potties and move into a nice facility with beds, restrooms and showers. We look forward to another full day tomorrow as the water recedes and more families are able to return to their homes.

Tuesday 09/05/2011

UPDATE: The team is working in Jean LaFitte, Louisiana area and finding that our help is greatly needed. The work so far has been sandbagging and food services. The Mayor has asked us to stay and help with the food services and clean-up work the residents have as the water has started to recede. The water rose as high as seven feet in some places and caused a great deal of damage. Many of the home owners are uninsured and must deal with this situation on their own.

Monday 09/04/2011

UPDATE: Flooding brought by Tropical Storm Lee has drenched South Louisiana where our home base, Port Mercy is located. Our area was spared the brunt of the storm but several communities south of New Orleans are having very serious problems with up to 7 feet of water in some areas. Friend Ships is deploying tonight to the city of Jean LaFitte, where one team will start sand bagging early Monday morning and another will set up to begin providing food service by lunch. A third team will be operating our rescue boat to help people who are trapped in their homes. Check back here for updates. Click here to see a more extensive list of the supplies needed. Click here to read past updates...

Thursday 09/01/2011

Picture: Hurricane Irene cut several new channels in Hatteras Island, destroying the road that connected them to the mainland. HURRICANE IRENE RESPONSE UPDATE: The Friend Ships advance team has completed their initial assessment of the situation in North Carolina that was created by last weekend's Hurricane Irene. We have decided on a location to provide food service on Hatteras Island in the southern Outer Banks. Some areas there do not yet have power and the road that connects them to the mainland has been extensively damaged.

A team of 40 Sea Hawks and their leaders will be departing soon from Port Mercy with our supplies and equipment that we will need to deliver to the site by boat. Because of the unique circumstances of this particular response, diesel fuel and gasoline will be our primary needs to operate equipment. We ask for your prayers for a fruitful mission and if you would like to contribute, fuel cards and/or finances would be a great help. Click here to see a more extensive list of the supplies needed. Please check back for updates as we hope to post daily video updates and interviews.

Picture: Hurricane Irene cut several new channels in Hatteras Island, destroying the road that connected them to the mainland.

Help the Hurricane Irene Response with supplies, food and finacial gifts for fuel...Monday 08/29/2011

HURRICANE IRENE RESPONSE UPDATE: We are planning to respond to Hurricane Irene by providing food service where power is out and supplies hard to obtain. Our advance team is leaving today with the helicopter to check out possible locations that need our assistance in North Carolina. We are loading trucks and will send the follow up team later today or tomorrow. We'll have more details by late Tuesday.

Thank you for your consideration and for following the leading of the Lord. We can do nothing on our own strength. We must rely on the Lord and pray that He might touch hearts to help. Please check back for further updates >>>

CURRENT HURRICANE IRENE NEEDS LIST: Friend Ships is collecting specific supplies for Hurricane Irene Relief efforts.  Find out our current needs and how you may help touch lives.  Currently we are accepting supplies like Non-Perishable Food, hygienic supplies (new), cleaning products and supplies etc. Click here to find out more>>>


Monday 05/25/2011

  • Friend Ships final team returned home to Port Mercy. Work now continues for upcoming response efforts.

Monday 05/23/2011

  • Some of the Friend Ships team returned home to Port Mercy while a small team remained in Morgan City to complete sand bagging and to go door to door to check and see if they can help families with preparations for potential flooding.
  • The final team will head home on Wednesday. Thanks for all your help with our missions to Alabama and Louisiana.

Friday 05/20/2011

Locals join effort to fight floodwater (5/19)

Posted May 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm at American Press

Local prisoners join Friend Ships team members to fill sandbags that Morgan City residents are using to protect their homes against flooding from the Morganza Floodway opening. (SPECIAL TO THE AMERICAN PRESS)

Local prisoners join Friend Ships team members to fill sandbags that Morgan City residents are using to protect their homes against flooding from the Morganza Floodway opening. (SPECIAL TO THE AMERICAN PRESS)

MORGAN CITY — Volunteers from Lake Charles-based Friend Ships Unlimited joined local volunteers to fill sandbags and help protect homes against rising waters in the Atchafalaya Basin following Saturday’s Morganza Floodway opening. Click here to read full article...

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RESPONSE CURRENT ONGOING NEEDS:
Fuel (gas)
Monday 05/18/2011

Although our work in Alabama is complete for now, our hearts will long remember the special moments we had working there.  As the Friend Ships crew and Sea Hawk team provided food service, distributed tarp, helping to protect homes and vehicles and assisted individuals with clean-up, they met and prayed with many wonderful people. 

Wherever we go, the Friend Ships base camp hang a huge banner that says "From Jesus with Love".  The team was touched when they heard that as a young girl and her mother passed by, the girl saw the sign and asked her mother to stop because she wanted to meet Jesus.  The team explained to her that we work on the Lord's behalf and help people with their needs.  The girl was moved and emptied her piggy bank to give us all the money she had to help with our work.  A short time later, some of her precious funds were used to purchase ice that is now preserving the stores used to offer food to people. 

A man came to the Tuscaloosa site to receive tarp and told an amazing story of how he and his family huddled together in their bathroom and prayed fervently as the tornado approached, “Lord, we don't want to die. Please help us.”  Suddenly, the roof tore from their home and they could see the sky and debris swirling violently above them.  When it was over, everything of their home was destroyed except the bathroom where they were standing.  They were all untouched.  The man told the crew with emotion “I have seen the power of God!”

The crew wept as they were told a bitter sweet story of another girl who clutched the 14 year old dog she had grown up with in her arms as the tornado approached to protect him. When it was over, the dog had actually protected her by shielding her from an onslaught of glass that took his life and preserved hers. 

Early this week, the Sea Hawks and Friend Ships crew moved to Morgan City, Louisiana where work is in full swing as they help the community prepares for floods from the Mississippi River that are expected there this weekend.  The Sea Hawks are filling sandbags alongside local prisoners who have been brought out to help with the preparations.  They are able to minister to and pray with the men as they work.  Our teams also travel to the homes of disabled and elderly residents and help them protect their homes with sandbags.  And we are offering food service to the prisoners, the National Guard, city personnel and other private groups who have come in to help.

Thank you for your love, your support and your prayers!

Monday 05/17/2011

  • Wanted to share this email we received:
  • Dear friends,
    I am working with Temporary Emergency Services in Tuscaloosa, AL. I just wanted to brag on the team that came out to help us with the tornado clean-up efforts! Ya'll were wonderful to have around! All of you are very hard workers! I, and the rest of our organizations were very impressed by your team! Thank you so much for everything! You really made a difference!
    Thanks!
    --
    A. Wilkerson

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Monday 05/16/2011

  • One team has arrived in Morgan City Louisiana, an area that is expected to experience significant flooding as a result of the Mississippi River rising.
  • The team will start with helping a local church in Morgan City with sand bagging and then respond as necessary as things develop during the week.
  • The remaining Friend Ships response team finished packing up this morning to head to Morgan City as well.

Saturday 05/14/2011

  • The Friend Ships team in Tuscaloosa continues to provide food service and prayer as they distribute tarp and help with home clean-up. Church groups are working alongside of us and have helped to provide for our needs. We are hearing wonderful, encouraging testimonies of how the Lord intervened to save people's lives as the tornado raged around them.
  • The leadership is also looking into how we can help in Louisiana with the floods created by the Mississippi River rising.

Thursday 05/12/2011

  • Thursday we received at the site in Tuscaloosa a semi truck load of heavy duty vinyl material donated by Seaman's Corporation that we will distribute to protect roofs and property.
  • The second team of 30 departed today from Port Mercy with 4 trucks and 2 trailers loaded with tents, food, equipment and supplies. Once the team arrives in Tuscaloosa, we will set up food service and continue to help the victims of the recent tornados in whatever ways we can as we continue to evaluate the situation on the rising Mississippi River and how we can best be of help there.

Monday 05/09/2011

  • The first Friend Ships Sea Hawk team arrived in Tuscaloosa on Monday and began to help the community with clean up and managing incoming donations.

Monday 05/02/2011

  • Due to the severe tornado outbreaks across the Southern, Central, and Eastern United States, our assessment team left Sunday to determine if we could help those in need. The team sealed a location in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and in a few short days we will depart with our disaster relief equipment to help those who are hurting.
  • We will send out teams door to door to distribute tarp and help with clean-up. We will set up a hospitality tent where the victims of the Alabama tornadoes can get refreshments and something to eat while our ministry team sits down with them and shares the love of the Lord. The breakfast items will enable us to send our teams out into the community prepared for the long work day with a good hot breakfast.
  • We are in need of funds for fuel and other supplies.

Monday 04/18/2011

  • The crew and Sea Hawks have been working on a big spring cleaning project at Port Mercy. We have had teams sorting and repacking items from containers into crates that are inventoried and stored in our new warehouse. We have also had teams working on cleaning and replanting the area around our large tent dinning area.
  • The Sea Hawks have also been involved in several local events that included an evacuation drill with the city of Lake Charles and helping with a large Easter outreach with one of the local churches.
  • In Los Angeles the team is getting close to completion on our two new vessels.

NEEDS LIST: If you would like to help obtain needed supplies or items that are currently needed throughout the various departments and locations of Friend Ships, please click on the following link for specific list for each location. Please email our resources department for details or questions on how you can help with these needs.

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Monday 04/11/2011

  • This week we continue to plan the upcoming mission to Honduras and the exciting ministry that our 76' mobile conference center, Pearl, will carry out once underway.
  • Port Mercy continues to undergo a great clean up and organizing of the yard area and new warehouse.

Monday 04/04/2011

  • The team in Port Mercy is currently carrying out a major clean-up and reorganization of the facility as the Los Angeles team continues to prepare our two boats for service. The Sea Hawks are taking training in Spanish and self-defense.
  • We have recently sent two large chicken incubators that produce 46,000 chicken every six weeks to an orphanage in Mexico and have sent shipments of medical supplies to a clinic there.
  • We continue to prepare for the Honduras outreach by planning a transition at our facility to solar power and gathering information and supplies for aquaculture and farming.
  • Our humanitarian aid shipment to Japan is currently on hold because of complications created by the nuclear situation.

Monday 03/11/2011

  • Last night, a powerful 8.9 "mega"earthquake occurred in northern Japan. Please pray for the people of Japan as they deal with the results of this disaster. Friend Ships is evaluating the damage created by the earthquake and resulting tsunami. We'll keep you updated as the best course of action for Friend Ships to provide help becomes clear. If you would like to provide support for this effort, click here to Donate.

Monday 03/07/2011

  • This week our Louisiana Sea Hawk team ministered on the streets and during Mardi Gras activities in both New Orleans and Lake Charles. There they met many people anxious to learn about the Lord.
  • The Los Angeles team ministered to nursing home residents as they delivered flowers. They continue to ready the boats for their trip to Port Mercy.
  • We have found a facility in Los Angeles we would like to obtain to for our West Coast operations and have made an offer. We await the owner's response.
  • We are starting to take applications for the Sea Hawks class of 2011-2012. If you would like to apply or know someone who is interested, please click here for more information.

Monday 02/21/2011

  • This week we are starting Spanish classes throughout the ministry in preparation of our mission to Honduras in the Spring.
  • Plans are shaping up for the voyage as we continue to work on our boats and carry on building projects in at Port Mercy.
  • We have found a facility in Los Angeles we would like to obtain to for our West Coast operations and have made an offer. We await the owner's response.
  • We are starting to take applications for the Sea Hawks class of 2011-2012. If you would like to apply or know someone who is interested, please click here for more information.

Monday 02/21/2011

  • This week, we have made great progress on construction of our new warehouse at Port Mercy and other construction projects.
  • In Los Angeles, we have located a facility that would work well for our west coast operations and will see if this is what the Lord has for now.
  • The team in Roatán was blessed to have more than 50 local church volunteers come to help work on the building and grounds as they hosted a ladies prayer and fasting weekend.
  • We continue to make plans for various outreaches including the Spring mission to Honduras where we will minister to people in need, have Pastor's Conferences, distribute goods and prepare for a future Central American Sea Hawk program.

Monday 02/14/2011

  • This week we sent a team to the Pastor's and Leaders School in Phoenix to have the opportunity to let church leaders know about Friend Ships and the Sea Hawk program. It was a very inspiring conference.
  • We are working on plans for the Honduras voyage in the Spring.
  • The West Coast team is making great progress on preparing our boats for sea as we continue to look for a new facility that will meet our needs there.
  • At Port Mercy, it has been very cold but we are making progress on the new warehouse with the help of a wonderful team of construction workers from the Mennonite Church and we have now shipped home or donated out to effective organizations the last of the equipment we took into Haiti to respond to the earthquake in January 2010.

Monday 02/07/2011

  • This week we worked on our new warehouse at Port Mercy while the Sea Hawk teamed helped the local CERT organization with medical checks and bike safety training to school children.
  • Self-defense training continues as one team headed to Los Angeles to help in the final preparations to get Divine Wind and Pearl ready to sail for Honduras and then onto Port Mercy. Another team headed for the Phoenix First Assembly Pastor's School to have the opportunity to introduce Church leaders to the Sea Hawk program and to Friend Ships.
  • One of the crew also left for Haiti to finalize the shipment home of our equipment from last year's earthquake outreach.

Monday 01/31/2011

  • This week we are working on a new warehouse at Port Mercy and various construction and reorganizing projects.
  • The Village in Roatán is preparing for a children's outreach this weekend.
  • The Los Angeles team is making great progress on Divine Wind and Pearl upgrades.
  • We are still in search of our new base in Southern California and appreciate your prayers to find just the right facility.
  • Next week, we are taking a team to Phoenix, AZ to attend the Pastor's School presented by Phoenix First Assembly of God and let churches know more about the Sea Hawk program. We are also making plans for outreach in New Orleans and Lake Charles for Mardi Gras in March and a voyage to Honduras in the Spring.

Monday 01/24/2011

  • At the Friend Ships Village in Roatán hosted a youth seminar in January with 51 children between the ages of 12-16 and 12 leaders. The event consisted of teaching, worship and recreation. In the evening, they had wonderful times praise and thanksgivings. The Pastor reports that the Lord used this time to set the children on the right path of life, that many rededicated their lives or experienced a closer relationship with Him and that they enjoyed their time so much with the Lord, they did not want to leave the seminar at the close of the event!
  • We just received word from Global Missions that the containers of rice and building materials shipped out from Port Mercy a few months back have arrived, been received and have now been distributed through many grateful Pastors who report that they were able to serve their entire community!
  • Projects continue at Port Mercy and in Los Angeles as we gear up for upcoming missions.

Monday 01/10/2011

  • Members of the Friend Ships team are making their way home after the lovely Christmas break. We continue to make progress on the repairs to our boats currently located in California.
  • We are preparing to move from our long time warehouse in the Port of Los Angeles area and are looking for a new West Coast facility.
  • Teri Shields and Murray Douglas will appear on Fox 29 (Lake Charles) on Saturday morning at 8:30 as they discuss our mission to Haiti.
  • The Home School Channel and AFA (also aired on Sky Angel) have started to air our show "Ship to Shore" this week!

Monday 12/20/2010

  • This week we have sent 2 loads of toys and blankets to Mexico along with making progress on many projects.
  • The Sea Hawks successfully completed a training session in Simply the Story.
  • The team in Roatán hosted a church conference at the Village.

Monday 12/13/2010

  • This week the Sea Hawks team that was in California returned from a successful trip to work on Pearl and Divine Wind.
  • Monday we begin Simply the Story training at Port Mercy.
  • We received three reports from the weekend services being held this past month at Friend Ships Village in Roatán, Honduras. Over 100 children attended two youth services with many being saved and "healing's of the heart"! Also at a Women's Encounter many renewed their relationships with the Lord! Thank you Jesus.

Monday 12/06/2010

  • This week we attended the WorkBoat Show in New Orleans where each year we get to meet and thank our wonderful maritime industry donors.
  • We have also carried on with our many projects throughout Friend Ships, in each location.
  • The Sea Hawks are training on heat welding the heavy duty vinyl we use for tents, disaster relief and many other purposes.
  • We are looking forward to a Simply the Story training seminar we will have at Port Mercy the week of December 13th. Many of our staff will assist the leaders in training and are preparing for their duties.
  • "Ship to Shore", the Friend Ships video series for broadcast will begin to air within the week on AFA Channel and The Home School Channel.

Monday 11/29/2010

  • As our Port Mercy public relations team prepares to attend the WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, the crew and Sea Hawks have continued to work on various projects and outreaches. One of the outreaches on Saturday's was at a local middle school where the Sea Hawks helped with health screenings, sports, feeding and security for the event. Was a great turnout and all the team had fun.
  • The food service class prepared a delicious pre-Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday evening and a wonderful local church had us all to Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday.
  • The Los Angeles crew continued work on the sail and power boats then enjoyed Thanksgivings together. The Honduras crew are all doing great and on Tuesday, the Halls arrived home from Haiti.

Monday 11/22/2010

  • Much has been accomplished this week in Los Angeles on the two boats we are preparing to sail to Port Mercy and organizing goods at the Friend Ships warehouse. The team there is having fun exploring Southern California and attending various local churches.
  • Our Haiti Base mangers have returned home for now and Port Mercy carries on in full swing with construction projects, warehousing and upgrades to the facility.

Monday 11/15/2010

  • This week we continued on construction and warehousing projects at Port Mercy while preparing to work with Global Missions to load 3 ocean freight containers to help children in Haiti.
  • A small team of Sea Hawks along with crew member George headed out to Los Angeles to work on our two boats, Divine Wind and Pearl and by the end of the week, had made great progress on the work needed to prepare them for the trip to Port Mercy.
  • Arla made another trip from Los Angeles to Port Mercy with supplies and is headed back to Port Mercy with another load. Ron is closing on obtaining his helicopter pilot license and bloodhound Clyde continues his training in New Orleans to become an official "tracker" of people in need.

Monday 11/08/2010

  • This week, as Hurricane Tomas approached Haiti, our staff there distributed food, water, water purifiers, and kitchen supplies to Victory Christian Center to use in their work with orphans; building supplies, wheelchairs and sheets to Samaritan's Purse for medical and shelter outreaches and food, paper products, cleaning supplies and toys to Global Outreach, a ministry that specializes in providing water wells to impoverished people.
  • The Honduras team continued to clean up in the aftermath of the storm that affected them earlier this month.
  • At Port Mercy we made great progress on various projects as the Sea Hawks enjoyed instruction and ministry by Dr. Roger Siratt, Pastor Norman Thomas, and Pastor James Bertram. They also were introduced to Simply the Story (STS) by Dorothy Miller. STS is a wonderful evangelism and discipleship tool for literate and non-literate people that is being used around the world and we are looking forward to a full workshop of STS at Port Mercy in December to learn this method of ministry.
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Monday 11/01/2010

  • This past week we made progress in many areas including ship and vehicle maintenance, upgrades to our sailboats, construction, vinyl and warehousing projects. The transportation department delivered a load of beautiful shoes from Los Angeles to Port Mercy.
  • On Saturday, the Sea Hawks were able to help with a local Harvest Festival. The helped with carnival games, pony rides, rock climbing walls, face painting and help in every area that had a need. They were a great blessing.
  • The Roatán team hosted a women's conference prior the near-hurricane storm last weekend and the Port Mercy office prepared for a donation and shipment of 60,000 pounds of rice to Haiti.
  • Next week, we look forward to a full spiritual time together with Teacher, Worship Leader, Evangelist and Sea Hawk Instructor, Dr. Roger Siratt who is returning for our 2nd three day seminar. And we are also blessed to receive a visit from Dorothy Miller, Founder and Director of the God's Story Project and Simply the Story. In mid-December, we are excited to be having a Simply the Story Training Session and in January, the Sea Hawks self defense teacher, Dan Bertin, will begin their training.

 

Monday 10/25/2010

  • We were able to distribute goods from our base camp in Haiti to a ministry that works with orphans and earthquake victims. Goods distributed included drinking water, rice, beans and other food items, bleach, soap,wheelchairs, cooking supplies, blankets, tarp, water purification chemicals and portable water containers (to help with the recent cholera outbreak there).
  • On Sunday, a powerful tropical storm passed by Roatán, Honduras just as it developed into a hurricane. Fortunately, it caused minimal damage to the island.
  • At Port Mercy, the Sea Hawks helped out with an event to raise funds for Alzheimer's research and helped with worship at local church on Sunday. They are working together with the crew and much progress is made on many projects as we work to improve and development the home base facilities.

 

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