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Officially opening Logos Hope in Tema, Ghana, Mrs. Amissah-Arthur recalled that in 1977, she and some university friends had eagerly travelled to the port to meet the original ship, Logos. In the mid-1980s, she returned with her husband and small family, to visit Doulos – an experience her children still speak of with fondness, she told the audience.
The guest of honour paid tribute to the ship’s purpose of bringing knowledge, help and hope: “As a Christian, I’m excited when children of God stand up for Him and show love around,” said the stateswoman, who promotes several good causes in Ghana.
The Second Lady of the nation is a librarian by profession and an advocate for literacy initiatives, so she took time to select several basketfuls of resources, and laughed with the crew that she had received a detailed order from her daughter by text message, instructing her which books to buy.
“Christmas is not far away, and a book is a great gift,” Mrs. Amissah-Arthur encouraged the other guests. “Books are magic, and they do for the mind what food does for the body – they nourish us.”
Bringing another form of nourishment as a gift, the vice-president’s wife presented Ghanaian chocolate to the children who live on board the ship.
Logos Hope will be in Tema, Ghana, until early October, when she moves to a second port in the country, Sekondi-Takoradi.
Published: Friday, 09 September 2016
Credit: OM International