Community pulls together to help build men's mission

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2005

We want to thank and acknowledge the many individuals and groups that have been contributing their time and monetary donations to getting Friendship Mission ready to serve the peninsula.

Some of you may have noticed the changes being made at the former Eadie's Frontier Club. Its new name is Friendship Mission. A lot of clean up, demolition and rebuilding has been going on there. The purpose for all of this work is to make a homeless mission for men.

Our goals are to help the men with spiritual and physical needs; to provide the means and support for the homeless and needy to get training and education to become useful citizens of the community; and we also plan to have a soup kitchen for the people of the area.

We are not sponsored by any church or organization. Therefore, we need the prayers, the physical and financial help of the community. This project belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave us the vision for it, but he is in control and is bringing it all about through the people of the Kenai Peninsula.

There have been many of the Nikiski area churches that have given financially and with the physical work at the mission. In June, two teams of World Changers helped in demolition, cleanup and rebuilding on the mission. These people came from the Lower 48 and even some from Anchorage.

There are local businesses and organizations that have contributed in many ways. We wish to thank Husky Lumber, Spenard Builders Supply, Davis Block, Nikiski Community Services, Bridges Community Resources Network Inc., Scout Lake Construction, Kenai Peninsula Borough, city of Kenai, VBS First Baptist Church in Soldotna and Alaska Community Development Corp.

Individuals we would also like to thank are Dr. John McCarthy, Dale Dolifka, Stanley Rogers, Mike and Susan Peterson, Heidi Hall, Al Johnson and Brian Nill. If we have missed anyone, please forgive us, the Lord knows what you have done in his kingdom.

There are many local individuals who have contributed donations and some are contributing monthly. There have been contributors from Anchorage, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Canada and even a homeless mission in Florida. There are others that we would like to acknowledge, but they have asked not to be mentioned, therefore we ask God's blessing on them and all the people of the peninsula.

Graydon Cowgill, president, Mary Anne Cowgill, secretary, Friendship Mission

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