Dear seafarer's friends, 10/10/09 - 10/17/09
Grace and peace to you from God our Father. (Col. 1:2)
Our web-link is: www.lifelinetoseamen.org
2 ships on last Saturday:
FORMOSA THIRTEEN, and IKAN VERACRUZ - All Chinese; Chinese,
and Filipino. (see picture 1 for some of the crew on the first ship). I prayed
and shared the Gospel with them. Many of them were shy, but I encouraged
them to receive the Lord. ships visited this week
5 ships on Monday:
ST. ANDREW, BBC HOLLAND, BBC RIO GRANDE, LACANDON,
and MANDARIN GLORY - All Russian; Russian, and Ukrainian; Russian, and
Filipino; All Indian; All Chinese. We visited the second ship over two years ago,
We were on the fourth ship last Mar. All responsive. There were three Christians
on the fourth ship, two able seamen, and electrician. (see picture 2 for some of
the crew). (see picture 3 for part of the crew on the last ship). Prayed with them.
Steven Chao from WHCC came and helped the ship visitation today.
4 ships on Tuesday:
COS FAIR, CLIPPER HARMONY, TORM CECILIE, and SPT
CHAMPION - All Chinese; Chinese, and Indian; All Indian; All Indian. We
were on the third ship over two years ago, the last ship last May. There were
two Chinese Christians on the first ship, chief cook and the second officer. (see
picture 4 for both). It's so good to prayed with both of them. All chief cook's
family are Christians. Isn't it exciting? (see picture 5 for other crew members of
this Chinese ship). Prayed with them also. There were two Christians on the
third ship, the second officer and an able seaman. (see picture 6 for some of the
crew). There were four Christians on the last ship, the second engineer, fitter,
motorman, and electrician. Prayed with the Hindus and gave them the Scriptures
and Jesus DVDs.
5 ships on Wednesday:
JIU HUA HAI, CLIPPER HARMONY, RONALD N, LEOPOLD STAFF,
and ALGOA BAY - All Chinese; Indian, and Chinese; Indian, and Filipino; All
Polish; Polish, and Myanmar. We were on the first ship last Jan. I had a good
talk, not very long, with the captain. His faith was not strong, yet he received the
Lord. (see picture 7 & 8 for another group). We prayed together. A revisited on
the second ship from yesterday. We were on the third ship over two years ago.
One Indian Christian on board, a cadet. We visited the fourth ship and the last
ship both in last Jun. All receptive.
6 ships on Thursday:
STAR EVVIVA, OCEAN FRIEND, GRIFFON, GLOBAL OCEAN, JBU
MAAS, and IBN KHALDOUN - All Filipino; Indian, and Filipino; Indian,
and Filipino; Indian, and one Filipino; All Indian; All Algerian. We visited the
first ship last Aug. We were on the fifth ship last Aug., and the last ship over a
year ago. There were two Christians on the fifth ship, two able seamen. (see
picture 9 for some of the crew). Prayed with them including the Hindus. There
were four Indian Christians on the fourth ship, general Steward, oiler, fitter, and
captain. I took the captain and the chief engineer to Wal Mart. (see picture 10).
Chief engineer was a Buddhist. He said he also went to church. We prayed in
7 ships on Friday:
DEL SOL, BBC MAINE, CHEM SEA, and SCHACKENBORG - Filipino,
and two Korean; Filipino, Russian, German, and Indian; Indian, and two
Russian; Russian, and Polish. We visited the first ship last Jul., the second ship
and the last ship about two years ago. All receptive. We were on the third ship
last May. There were six Indian Christians on board, captain, third engineer,
fitter, motorman, an able seaman, and a cadet. (see picture 11 for some of the
crew). They were so happy to receive the Scriptures, Jesus DVDs of their own
languages and watch them.
JOP, CABO PILAR, and YASA SEYHAN - All Romanian; All Chilian; All
Turkish. All responsive. (see picture 12 for some of the crew on the last ship).
1 ship on Saturday:
LIAN PING HU - All Chinese. They came like flood to ask for Scripture and
Gospel materials. Although the commissar was a kind of ignoring the things I
gave to them, some others showed their appreciation. They raised questions
like who was Jesus? What did He do? Why do they need another religion other
than Buddhism? I tried to explain to them according to the Scripture, and took a
chance to pray with them. Some of them were willing to receive Jesus into their
hearts. (see picture 13 for three of the crew).
Your prayers are being answered in so many ways. In the last email we asked you to pray for more inbound Chinese vessels. This week 5 ships arrived carrying more than 100 seamen. Thomas and his coworkers had amazing visits setting them
free with the Gospel presentation. He has written about his testimonies. Another answer was that more than the usual number of ships came to the port. There was much ministry accomplished. Another answer to pray was our successful board meeting. We spent 3 hours discussing ways God is leading us to fulfill the Great Commission. We thank the
Lord for His provisions. One is personnel which Thomas, our full time chaplain, is doing the work of an energetic evangelist. He is lifting up Jesus around the world. Another is the way God is providing our finances. We spent much time finalizing our budget for next year. We're shooting high expecting a great harvest of souls. Thank you for your sacrificial giving on behalf of the the seamen and their
families who benefit from your generosity. We're grateful for your commitment. 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.
Grace be with you. (Col. 4:18)