The seed, which would grow to become Feed My Sheep Association (FMSA), was first planted in 2006, when a few residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania visited Costa Rica. After reading (in the Tico Times) an article about the poverty of a group of women and children living in a small shantytown in Tibas, near the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, we felt compelled to go and see the conditions for ourselves. What we saw there changed our hearts forever and we committed ourselves to helping the needy women and children of Costa Rica. Feed My Sheep Association is the fruit of that commitment.
Asociacion Apacienta Mis Ovejas (3-002-505794) was established in 2007 to receive donations in Costa Rica. In 2008, the non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, Feed My Sheep Association (26-2989478), was officially established to receive donations in the United States. At the beginning, the mission of both organizations was to provide food, supplies and adequate living conditions for indigent people living in deplorable circumstances. A major source of FMSA’s revenue has come from golf outings held in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. All funds raised by the outings are used to help these poverty-stricken people. No one involved in the administration of FMSA receives a salary or expense reimbursement. Everyone is a volunteer! In 2008, the golf outing financed the building of four homes for otherwise homeless families. In November of that year, working with another charitable group, Un techo para mi Pais, some of our board members sacrificed traditional Thanksgiving festivities with their families in order to help construct those four buildings.
Inspired by what God was accomplishing through FMSA, we extended the scope of our mission by feeding needy women and children spiritually as well as physically. We have joined hands with a small church in San Miguel, Costa Rica to teach the people of God’s love demonstrated in the sacrifice of His own son for the salvation of sinners.