In addition to operating an office which recruits, trains and supports missionaries, OM Philippines is actively involved in evangelistic campaigns and training throughout the nation.
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Director Lloyd Nicholas expressed the significance of this special event. “Today we celebrate that three million people have so far visited Logos Hope. That’s simply amazing,” he said. “Even more amazing is that three million people have experienced a moment of respect, of friendship, of love, and of hope as they have been welcomed on board, walked around the deck, met a crewmember and heard the message of God’s grace and love for them.”
Locals in Puerto Princesa eagerly awaited the ship’s arrival. The mayor of Puerto Princesa, the Honourable Lucilo Bayron, also paid a visit to Logos Hope the same day as the three millionth visitor.
Puerto Princesa is the vessel’s third port of call in the Philippines in 2013. Logos Hope remains in Puerto Princesa through 8 July when she sails to Kuching, Malaysia, arriving on 11 July.
During the visit to the Philippines, crewmembers are inviting locals to experience the unique atmosphere and the diversity of over 45 nationalities represented on board in creative programmes. Teams go out to serve local communities in practical ways – setting up libraries, providing hygiene instruction and helping with construction projects. Teams have also visited city jails to bring the message of hope in Christ to inmates. Gospel literature is available to all who visit the ship, and crew and staff share the Good News of God’s love wherever they serve.
While the ship was in San Fernando, crewmembers travelled to the village of Coroay Santo La Union with a local pastor to share their cultures and faith. When locals expressed interested in the water purifiers often distributed by Logos Hope, crewmembers returned on their day off with 15 water purifiers and instructed villagers in their use. “People get sick from drinking the water here because this place is very far from the city and the water is not pure,” said local lady Alma Qiñones. “So we are very thankful for the water purifiers. They are very easy to use.”
This long-lasting impact in communities all around the world is only made possible by the generosity of individuals, churches and other groups. Help bring knowledge, help and hope to more ports through the ministry of Logos Hope by supporting OM Ships’ non-profit work. Give online at www.omships.org/donate or through your local OM office.
Published: Friday, 05 July 2013
Credit: OM International