A glimpse of heaven

Rebecca Gaasrud | Bahamas

Bahamians last welcomed the ‘book ship’ to the island of Grand Bahama in 2008, but at that time it was Logos II sailing the high seas. Months later, as Logos II entered retirement, Logos Hope and her crew took up the baton and have been revisiting ports and following up on connections her sister ships made around the world. This visit to Freeport marks the inaugural visit for Logos Hope, and volunteers are excited to make the most of the 11-day stay.

At Logos Hope’s official opening in Freeport, Ian Rolle, President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, spoke of his meeting with members of the ship’s advance preparation team. “They spent some time sharing with me the mission and vision of the Logos Hope community,” said Mr Rolle. “They represented you very well.” Turning to the other guests he continued, saying, “This crew of amazing individuals are an inspiration to nations worldwide as they exemplify what it means to be our brothers’ keeper.”

Mr Rolle thanked crewmembers on behalf of the Grand Bahama Port Authority for helping them to fulfil part of their mission of bettering the lives of people in the Grand Bahama community, and, by extension, the lives of people throughout The Bahamas.

“Captain Pat Tracy (USA) indicated that you were blessed because you came to Grand Bahama, but let me say that Grand Bahama is blessed because you came here to us,” said Senator J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama. “One of the things that came to mind when we saw your crewmembers form a parade displaying their various nations was the thought that when we actually get to heaven we will be able to see all of the nations come together as one. That is what you represent here on the vessel.”

Volunteers look forward to connecting with Bahamians in Freeport through daily onboard events and onshore outreaches to youth, elderly people, and individuals with special needs.

Published: Thursday, 03 August 2017
Credit: Rebecca Gaasrud
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