Dear seafarer's friends, 06/28/09 - 07/04/09
Grace, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. (Tit. 1:4)
Our web-link is: www.lifelinetoseamen.org
ships visited this week
10 ships on Monday:
RICKMERS JAKARTA, ATLANTIC ROSE, COSMOS VENTURE,
MARILEE, AMANDA I, NORDANA MADELEINE, and PACIFIC
FLORES - All Filipino; All Indian; Filipino, and Indian; Filipino, and Croatian;
Filipino, and Bulgarian; Filipino, and Montenegro; Filipino, British, Ukrainian, and
Chinese. We were on the first ship, the fourth ship, and the sixth ship over a year
ago, the third ship last Oct., and the last ship last Jan. No Christian on the Indian
ship. That's unusual. But we took a picture with some of the Hindus we prayed
with. (see picture 1 including the captain). (picture 2 with the Bulgarian second
officer on the fifth ship). It was responsive over all.
CEC COMMANDER, CLIPPER LANCER, and INCE INEBOLU - Russian,
and Ukrainian; All Russian; All Turkish. Receptive.
Steven Chao from WHCC came and helped the visitation today.
5 ships on Tuesday:
FLINTERLAND, EOT SPAR, UAL COBURG, CEC CRISTOBAL, and
CHEMBULK SAVANNAH - Ghanaian, and Russian; All American; All Polish;
All Russian; Myanmar, and one Filipino chief engineer. We were on the third ship
last Apr., the fourth ship over a year ago, and the last ship last Aug. We delivered
the Scriptures and Jesus DVD's.
Pastor Jonathan Chiu from EFCOH came and helped the ship visitation today.
We took the boat tour to see Houston ship channel.
8 ships on Thursday:
LYCIAN, AMALTHEA, ATLANTIC OLIVE, EAST POINT and
SOUTHERN FIGHTER - All Filipino; All Filipino; All Indian; Filipino, and
Italian. All Myanmar. We were on the first ship just three weeks ago, the last ship
over a year ago. No Christian on the third ship. (see picture 3 with all the Hindus).
No Christian on the last ship. Prayed and blessed the ships. Receptive.
PACIFIC FLORES, EAGLE STEALTH, and SEABOARD RELIANCE -
Filipino, British, Ukrainian, and seven Chinese; Filipino, Indian, Bangladesh, one
Singapore, three Chinese, and two Ghanaian; Filipino, Polish, Ukrainian,
Bulgarian, and one Chinese captain. A revisit on the first ship this week. (see
picture 4 - 2 Chinese). We were on the last ship less than two weeks ago. All
4 ships on Friday:
PAN AEGIS, WIENIAWSKI, FLINTERLAND, and GOLDEN
FRIENDSHIP - All Filipino; All Polish; Russian, and Ghanaian; Myanmar,
Russian, Filipino, and Chinese. A revisit on the third ship. We were on the last
ship over a year ago. No Myanmar Christian on the ship. Prayed with one
Chinese and blessed the crew.
The person who walks with God always gets to his destination. The seafarers are continually looking ahead to their next port of call. They're eagerly anticipating their final destination which is home. Since there away from their families for 9 or more months out of a year, they count the days when there contract is completed. During their time on board, they have few contacts with the outside world. That's the reason they live a monotonous life which is so often void and lonesome. There also so often taken advantage of by others trying to cheat them in so many ways.
While the sea fares are in port for a short time, we chaplains minister to their needs. We come on board as servants, being their friends and listening to them. Many have spiritual problems often feeling ostracized and lonely. This is why we direct them to God helping them in their life of Borden. As they walk with God they'll always arrive at their final destination.
As we mentioned last week, Steve Yeboah took five Chinese seamen from EASTERN GRACE to church and shopping. The fitter was a Christian. The rest of them received Jesus as Lord of Life and were baptized. Thomas received a call from a chaplain in England informing him that a born again Myanmar thanked him, in that he's witnessing to his faith. The Holy Spirit is touching the lives of sea fares by setting them free, delivering and multiplying the body of Christ. God is moving, and we thank him for the ministry he has laid upon our hearts. And we're grateful for your prayers and assisting us with a $1,800 Bible bill which needs payment. Were accountable to God and you for all He's in trusted in us. God bless you. Maranatha!
For those who are interested in knowing about TWIC, the phone number is (866) 347-8942 The link is www.twicinformation.com.
Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. (Tit. 3:15)
Your brothers In Christ Tom Malone and Thomas Tao