Dear seafarer's friends, 08/02/09 - 08/08/09
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Pet. 1:2)
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ships visited this week
3 ships on Monday:
FORTUNE EPOCH, GEORGE N, and NORDANA FREJA - Filipino, and
two Korean; Filipino, and Indian; All Thai. We visited the first ship last Aug. We
were on the second ship last May. One Indian Christian on the second ship. (see
picture 1 of Steve with two Hindus and one Filipino). We prayed and blessed the
5 ships on Tuesday:
SPT CHALLENGER, TORM LENE, and GENMAR MINOTAUR - All
Indian; All Indian; Filipino, Ukrainian, and Indian. We were on the first ship
last Apr. Two Christians on board, captain and fitter. (see picture 2 with some
of the crew). Three Christians on the second ship, chief cook, general steward,
and motor man. (see picture 3 with me and them). We visited the third ship also
last Apr. All receptive.
EMA QUERIDA, and LI BAI - Korean, and Myanmar; All Chinese. We were
on the second ship just less than three weeks ago. I only brought them some
current Chinese Christian Newspaper. There was one Korean Christian which is
the captain, and one Myanmar Christian, an able seaman on the first ship. (see
picture 4 for the Myanmar and one Korean).
6 ships on Thursday:
OCEAN PRIMUS, OVERSEAS RIMAR, NCC HAIEL, SEAMARLIN,
SPRING BEAR, and MINANUR CEBI - All Filipino; All Filipino; Filipino, and
Russian; Filipino, and German; All Russian; All Turkish. We visited the first ship
last Jun., the third ship last Jul., the fourth ship last Apr. and the last ship over a
year ago. (see picture 5 for the Turkish). They were all receptive. I prayed with
them and blessed the ships.
10 ships on Friday:
OVERSEAS SERIFOS, COSMOS VENTURE, DRESDEN, BW PRINCE,
AEGEAN NAVIGATOR, and CHEMTRANS MOON - All Filipino; Filipino,
and Indian; Filipino, and Indian; Filipino, and Indian; Filipino, and Greek; Filipino,
Russian, and Myanmar. We visited the second ship last Jun., the third ship last
Apr. All responsive. Prayed with them, blessed the crew and their families.
PREM MALA, SABINE, CAPE BANTRY, and NORDANA SOPHIE - All
Indian; All Indian; All Russian; All Thai. We were on the second ship last Jun.,
the last ship last Feb. There were two Christians on the first ship, the third
engineer and an ordinary seaman. (see picture 6 for some of the Indian crew). There were four Christians including the chief cook on the second ship. (see
picture 7 for the chief cook and others). Shared the Scripture with them and
prayed with them.
2 ships on Saturday:
SONGA DIAMOND, and ROCKET - All Filipino; All Turkish. All receptive.
(see picture 8 for the Turkish chief cook, general steward and me).
Evangelism is listening and learning from those you're sharing the Gospel. Consider them equal to you as a person redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. This means that you have discernment to determine where they are spiritually. Listening intently will help you learn the type of person you're conversing with. He'll let you know soon enough if he's interested or not in a spiritual engagement. There's an interesting verse in Proverts 1:5, "Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance." Wisdom dictates that we position ourselves to quietly listen to that person or persons, and learn what they have to say. Elsewhere in Proverbs it says, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." Soul winning is God's high priority for the righteous. As we listen and learn from our spiritual engagement, ask the Lord to give you discernment for guidance in witnessing to them. Pray to the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom to speak the right words at the right time. Always let your words be filled with love. This will open them up to receive the Gospel more willingly. We've had seafarers compliment us for not cramming Christianity down their throats. They've accepted us because we love them with the love of Christ in a gentle manner. When directed by the Holy Spirit, we speak about sin and forgiveness emphasizing Christ's death and resurrection. We pray the salvation prayer with them personally and collectively confessing Jesus Christ as the Lord of their lives. We're not ashamed to share our glorious Savior. We urge you to pray and financially support our ministry. Remember, you're a partner with us. God richly 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.
To him be glory both now and forever! (2 Pet. 3:18)
Your brothers In Christ Tom Malone and Thomas Tao