About Friends of Barnabas
Making the world a little better...
one child at a time.
Founded by a United Methodist minister who felt called to help the poor of the world and saw a need for enabling volunteers in mission, the Friends of Barnabas Foundation began helping those in need in 2000 under the direction of its founder, Reverend Linwood Cook.
During the inaugural years, Reverend Cook and his son Matt laid the foundation for the organization which exists today. From simple mission trips to dispense Vitamin A and anti-parasite medications to children, the trips expanded to include general medicine, eye, and dental clinics to the poor communities in the remote mountain regions of central Honduras.
In order to reach those children with medical needs beyond the care that could be provided by traveling mission teams, the Extended Care Program for children was developed and housed at the Barnabas House, a permanent place of healing established in Pena Blanca.
Soon FOB added surgical mission teams focusing on cardiac, oral and maxillofacial, and neurological cases, and a full-time clinic. Today FOB’s programs address each component of the Honduran healthcare system, from community based programs to system wide endeavors.
FOB’s staff work diligently alongside a dedicated group of volunteers and missioners to serve the people of Honduras, making the world a little better…one child at a time.
Who was Saint Barnabas?
"For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means ‘Son of Encouragement’). He was from the Tribe of Levi and came from the Island of Cyprus. He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles for those in need.” Acts 4:36,37 (NLB)
Barnabas was a very early convert to the new religion of Christianity and upon his conversion, he immediately sold his property and devoted the proceeds to the church. For this and like acts, he was renamed Son of Encouragement.