A practical tribute to Dave and Joy Thomas
Rachel Page, Debbie Meroff | United States
Four years ago on board Logos II
, Dave Thomas went to be with his Lord following 40 years of significant ministry with OM Ships. Few people may be aware that the ships’ Thomas Guesthouse in Florence, South Carolina, USA, was dedicated in honour of Dave and his wife, Joy, in May 2010.
In 2009 a small, privately-owned home on land adjacent to OM Ships property was put on the market. With the help of specific donations, OM Ships was able to purchase and repair the building so that it now offers accommodation next door to the OM Ships Ministry Center.
The Thomas Guesthouse was originally set up to accommodate three to four people and has been used extensively by OMers, ministry partners and volunteer workers. With the growing literature ministry and ever-increasing need for volunteers, four more single beds were added and a second bathroom is planned. Recently a second house across the street was purchased to offer additional accommodation. This will facilitate hospitality for STEPpers (volunteers for the newly-launched Short-Term Experience Programme with the Florence team) who come for one to three months. In total, three married couples and 12 individuals can now be accommodated on site.
Right now, a team from Logos Hope is helping out while the ship is in dry dock, along with two or three STEPpers. Soon three church teams will also be volunteering for a week each. The on-site accommodation has been a tremendous blessing.
Thank the Lord for His provision of the Thomas Guesthouse, a fitting memorial to a faithful couple. Please ask Him to continue to bring volunteers to OM Ships in Florence. Find out more at http://www.omships.org/step.
Published: Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Credit: Rachel Page, Debbie Meroff