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The Interenational day of the seafarer was celebrated on 25 July at the Seafarers Mission.
Rev Thami Tembe led the worship service in the chapel and catering was done for visiting seafarers.
During the course of their work in doing good when they board ships and interface with seafarers, chaplains also get very fit in the process with all the steps they have to climb.
However, recently Paul Richardson and Jessie Johns set a record when the boarded the container vessel, MSC FILLIPPA, the largest container vessel to have entered the Port of Durban. The capacity of the ship is 13 400 containers, but Jessie and Paul were quick to add that they had to climb 76 steps
Paul recently visited his 900th ship after six years of chaplaincy. During that time he has encountered so many different circumstances the seafarers find themselves in and has felt privileged to help.
Jessie started visiting ships in February 2014 and feels she has been calling on ships ‘forever’ and has also said she finds interfacing with the seafarers very fulfilling.
Bonds are formed with crew members and Jessie was touched when recently a ship’s captain remembered her birthday on Facebook!
Both Jessie and Paul have experienced warm welcomes as so often the crews appreciate kindness, caring and people taking an interest in their lives. They spend such long spells at sea with their fellow colleagues as their only company. Hence a visit by chaplains means so much, especially when some of them have problems. Sharing time in prayer is uplifting and gives them hope.
Well done Jessie and Paul and may God bless you richly.
May you double or triple the number of ships you visit!
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