Dear seafarer's friends, 09/20/09 - 09/26/09
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Gal. 1:3)
Our web-link is: www.lifelinetoseamen.org
ships visited this week
12 ships on Monday:
UBC SACRAMENTO, SICHEM DEFIANCE, WLADYSLAW ORKAN,
GASCHEM TANA, ANNEGRET, and MANUELA - All Filipino; Filipino,
and Indian; Filipino, and Polish; Filipino, and German; Filipino, and German;
Filipino, and Russian. We visited the first and second ship over two years ago,
the third ship last May. All receptive. Prayed with the Filipino. (see picture 1
for the crew on the first ship).
GAS DIANA, SKANDERBORG, HAFENTOR, SEABOARD FLORIDA,
BBC OSTFRIESLAND, and EMIRATES STAR - Japanese, Indian, and
Filipino; Polish, Romanian, and Filipino; Jamaican, Russian, and Filipino;
Venezuelan, Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and Filipino; Montenegro, Ghanaian,
Sri Lanka, Polish, Ukrainian, and Filipino; Bangladesh, Indonesian, and Indian.
We visited the first ship last Feb., the fifth ship about two and half years ago. All
responsive. Prayed with them and blessed the crew. (see picture 2 for the crew
on the fourth ship).
Steven Chao from WHCC came and helped the ship visitation a great deal.
9 ships on Tuesday:
SPEEDWELL, STOLT SEA, GENMAR ELEKTRA, VELOPOULA, and
GENMAR AGAMEMNON - All Filipino; Filipino, and Russian; Filipino, and
Indian; Filipino, and Greek; Filipino, Indian, Russian, and Portuguese. We
visited the second ship and the last ship over a year ago. There was one Indian
Christian on the third ship, the first engineer. They were generally receptive.
Prayed with them and blessed the ships
CARIAD, GOLDEN MIA, EAGLE ALBANY, and MARGARITA - All
Korean; Korean, three Chinese, and Myanmar; Indian, and one from
Singapore; Venezuelan, and Russian. We were on the first and second ship last May. Prayed with one Chinese and one Korean on the second ship. Responsive.
5 ships on Thursday:
CHEMICAL CELESTE, CHEMICAL SUPPLIER, CHEM STAR, ONEGO
TRADER, and ANARITA - All Indian; All Indian; Indian, and one Russian;
Polish and Filipino; All Ukrainian.. We were on the first ship last Jun., the
second last Mar. the third ship last Apr. There were three Christians on the first
ship, an able seaman, a cadet, and chief cook. There were two Christians
on the second ship, chief cook, and pump man. (see picture 3 for some of the
crew). There were four Christians on the third ship, electrician, third engineer,
fourth engineer, and a motor man. (see picture 4) for the Christians and Hindus.
Prayed with them, blessed the crew and their families.
6 ships on Friday:
NORD SPIRIT, STOLT SEA, PAC DUBHE, BBC PLATA, NORGAS
TRAVELLER, and BERGE NANTONG - All Filipino; Filipino, and Russian;
Filipino, and Chinese; Filipino, and Indian; Filipino, Russian, and one Chinese;
All Indian. We visited the first ship and the second ship about a year ago. We
were on the third ship last Jun., the fifth ship last Jul., and the last ship over two
years ago. There were three Christians on the last ship, chief cook, an able
seaman, and a motorman.
The only one Chinese seaman on the fifth ship was a motorman. He knew me
from the last visit. He told me he has one more month to go for his contract on
this ship. That shows how eagerly he wants to go home especially on this
environment which everyone is a foreigner to him.
(see picture 5 for the third ship - Chinese and Filipino crew). The Filipino
seamen were very excited to take the picture. They said to each other that their
faces are going to be posted. I told them yes. Before I left the ship, I gave one
Chinese ordinary seaman a simple plastic cross necklace showing my gratitude. I
was so thrilled because he put it on his neck right away.
This is a continuation on personal evangelism. We can learn from Jesus on our public profession of faith. Luke relates a very interesting story in chapter 5 verses
1-11 on soul winning. Jesus was in a boat on the Sea of Galilee teaching a crowd of people around Him. They were intently listening to the Word of God. Then He
taught His disciples to practice by example, after catching a large number of fish that their nets began to break. In verses 10-11 Jesus said to Peter, "Don't be afraid; from now on you'll be fishers of men." So the disciples pulled the boat on shore, left everything and followed the Messiah. Jesus reveals Himself to us as our personal Savior. As fishers of men and women. We share God's love with those we contact. I'll tell a story about a heavenly taxi driver as he is well known in Pusan, South Korea. He would share Jesus with all
of his customers. To his amazement, many were receptive and some were saved. There are seafarers who diligently share their faith on their ship. They are like a family on board, everyone knowing everybody else. Some have a weekly Bible study, and we equip them with needed Bibles, study materials, DVDs and CDs. Many are worldwide missionaries. We're living in astonishing times. Don't fear the future. Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart. The coming turmoil will unravel many opportunities for us to share
the Gospel. Be ready to give your faith and hope with those who need Christ. We still have time to reap a great harvest of souls. Here is a revealing statistic on giving. Americans provide 45 percent of all benevolent giving worldwide even though we're only 4.5 percent of the world's population. This is far more than any other nation gives, and it's even more dramatic
on a per capital basis. For example, the average US citizen gives 14 times more to charity than the average Italian. Thank you for your prayers. Please send your love gift to Rose, our dear sister and treasurer 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.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen. (Gal. 6:18)
Your brothers In Christ Tom Malone and Thomas Tao