Ninety percent of everything you and I own is brought to us via the sea and yet the shipping industry remains largely invisible. Behind the endless sea of container ships, bulk carriers and tankers are the faces of men and women who work as seafarers for up to nine months at a time. As they pass most of their time crisscrossing oceans, they lead lives of quiet isolation, disconnected from family and friends with very little time to rest. The Ministry to Seafarers provides seafarers with a home away from home, attending to physical, spiritual and emotional needs through ship visiting, nightly chapel services and the provision of free Wi-Fi at Mariners' House, a partner organization.
Our two full-time chaplains carry within them the hope of a life-transforming Gospel. They visit ships daily to meet with seafarers where they live and work, spending time in the break room inquiring after families, working conditions and a seafarers' general well-being. Often a visit will end with seafarers riding along to Mariners' House or being dropped off at nearby shops.
As our port is 25 KM long, we operate two vans on a daily basis. On average, we do 125 monthly visits to ships and transport 150 seafarers. Our 2006 van has come to the end of its useful life and needs replacing. Our goal is to raise $30,000.
If you'd like to join your resources with ours to help meet our need so we can meet the needs of seafarers, we invite you to donate here or contact us for more information. Visit our website or find us on Facebook!