Dear seafarer's friends, 08/30/09 - 09/05/09
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ro. 1:7)
Our web-link is: www.lifelinetoseamen.org
ships visited this week
5 ships on Monday:
RICKMERS DALIAN, BALTIMAR BOREAS, IKAN MANZANILLO,
NESTOS, and CHIPOLBROK SUN - All Filipino; Filipino, and Russian;
Filipino, seven Chinese, and one Myanmar; Russian, and Georgian; All Chinese.
We visited the first ship over a year ago. (see picture 1 with the Chinese chief
officer, Myanmar electrician and some others). Prayed with the Myanmar
Buddhist. He liked the Jesus DVD. We were on the last ship last April. The
general steward was very nice to me. May the Lord pays him back.
4 ships on Tuesday:
KAROLINE N, OCEAN CHIE, CHEMBULK LINDY ALICE, and
OVERSEAS ORION - Filipino, and Indian; Filipino, and Indian; Filipino,
Korean, and Myanmar; Filipino, Russian, Chinese, and Romanian. We were on
the first ship last Jul., the second ship last Mar. There were three Christians on
the second ship, captain, third engineer (the only Filipino), and general steward.
(see picture 2). (see picture 3 with Steven and the crew on the last ship).
Steven Chao from WHCC came and helped the visitation today.
4 ships on Wednesday:
STELLENBOSCH, ALANGOVA, RN MRUMANSK, and FU AN CHENG
- All Myanmar; All Turkish; All Russian; All Chinese. We were on the first ship
last Jun. There was only one Christian on board, the assistant engineer. The
second ship was a little resistant, but they still liked the Gospel materials I gave
to them. The Chinese ship was busy with the ship chandler, however, I used a
chance to pray with them and took a picture for them. (see picture 4).
2 ships on Thursday:
SONGA TOPAZ, PORT KELANG - All Filipino; All Chinese. (see picture 5
& 6 with Peter and some of the Chinese crew). We prayed with them, shared
God's Word with them and answered their questions for over two hours. We
all felt blessed by the Holy Spirit.
One of the Directors of Lifeline to Seamen Peter Ko, also representing WHCC
came and helped the ship visitation.
2 ships on Friday:
STENA FR8 1, and ETERNAL CONFIDENCE - All Indian; All Chinese. We
were on the first ship last Feb., the second ship in Jul. last year. There were five
Christians on the Indian ship, two motormen, second cook, general steward, and
the third officer. Shared God's Word with one of the motormen. Prayed with
them and some Hindus. (see picture 7). Prayed with the Chinese seamen
and watched the Jesus DVD with them. (see picture 8).
Director Peter Ko and I arrived at the ship PORT KELANG a little bit after 5:30 pm on Thursday. All crew members were just about finishing their dinner there. While most of them were still in the mess room, we gave them the Chinese Scriptures, Jesus DVD's, Gospel materials and some Christian literature. I brought a copy of everything
and went upstairs to see captain. He went ashore and the door was locked. So I left the copy to the third officer whose room is next to the captain's.
When I came back to the mess room, Peter was preaching and talking to these
three people, fitter, electrician, and an ordinary seaman. He was answering questions
about God's existence. He told them God's creation, God's friend Abraham, and the
forming of the nation Israel. I joined in the discussion, and showed them the Scripture
Ephesians 2:8,9 - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.
First they refused to believe, but after we explained to them how God loves us,
they wanted to believe. What a drastic change we saw. We prayed together three
times. We were so glad we were there to testify their faith. (see picture 6, Peter and
the three converters).
Thank you kindly for your faithful prayers, financial support and endearing encouragement. Please send your tax deductible love gifts to our treasurer, Rose Young, at this address. Att: Rose Young
West Houston Chinese Church
c/o Lifeline to Seamen Inc.
10638 Hammerly Blvd.,
Houston, Texas 77043
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 the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Ro. 16:27)
Your brothers In Christ Tom Malone and Thomas Tao