The Mission to Seafarers along with partners Stella Maris and the Ministry to Seafarers has seen a real increase in the needs of seafarers since March 2020 and sought to respond to that by shopping for them, chips and chocolate but also, vitamins, earphones, jackets etc., providing reading material such as novels, magazines, bibles and other devotional material and lots of jigsaws. There has been a real need from seafarers to talk to a neutral person and to be prayed with and for. Centres have remained open since July to those who can come ashore with free Wi-Fi being a lifeline to some.
On the more limited ‘gangway’ visits they have brought on ‘care packages’ with comfort food, guidelines for shore leave, reading material, centre hours, contact information. For Christmas the Mission will be visiting ships at anchor then on berth to deliver gift bags. This has all only been possible with the support of corporate sponsors, churches, grants, and other individuals. For more information, click here.