OM’s flagship Logos Hope celebrates three years of life-changing ministry in over 40 countries of the world
Manila, Philippines: In Logos Hope’s three years of active service, God’s faithfulness has been evident in remarkable ways. On February 19, 2009, the ship sailed from Koege, Denmark at the beginning of her voyage of hope. Since then over 2.5 million visitors have come on board and many thousands more have benefitted from the service of crewmembers on shore.
“I look back with tremendous gratitude at the impact of the Logos Hope ministry,” said CEO Peter Nicoll, “God has given us opportunities to ‘bring knowledge, help and hope’ in tangible, life-changing ways to so many people. These have been three years of experiencing God’s faithfulness and provision.”
The ship has sailed over 40,000 nautical miles from Europe to the Caribbean, West Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. Logos Hope arrived in the Philippines at the start of 2012.
“I still vividly remember the day we set sail,” said Logos Hope Director Gian Walser (Switzerland). “Since then we have had many wonderful opportunities to share the Gospel. On a daily basis the Lord is impacting lives in the countries we visit, the communities we connect with, and of our crew on board.”
Opportunities for ministry have been as varied as the cultures and countries the ship has visited. Rural libraries were established through literature donations in Sierra Leone. In India and Sri Lanka, many people in poor communities benefitted from free medical and dental clinics.
In Malaysia, the newly opened ‘Life X-perience’ exhibit on the ship’s Visitor Experience deck provided a platform to educate and challenge people about HIV and AIDS and their attitudes towards those affected by it. Crewmembers put theory into practice in Port Klang, Malaysia. A team stayed at the Life Shelter home for children and women who have lost their parents or husbands to HIV. A few are themselves HIV positive. The team lived out the love of Christ while they carried out work projects and taught the children valuable practical skills. The team was so touched by the plight of a young boy from Liberia that they raised funds for some medical needs that he had.
Manila is Logos Hope’s 66th port of call. While it is the ship’s first visit to the Philippines, OM’s Ship Ministry is well known through previous ship visits. Ministry to street children andhomeless families in Cebu was started during a Doulos visit in 2001 and has developed into a long-term work by OM Philippines.
Such impact is not without its challenges. There is a critical need for additional qualified marine personnel, as well as openings for many others to serve on board. Significant additional funding is needed in 2012 for the ‘Power Up Logos Hope’ project to replace two of the vessel’s generators and install a heat recovery system. These vital upgrades will lay the foundation for future ministry by making the ship more efficient and reducing fuel consumption.
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