All Aboard 2015: Salt and Epiphany

For one week the cranes at Eastern Minerals in Chelsea swung back and forth, all day long, unloading bucket after bucket of salt from Chile from the massive holds of M/V Sinop, a bulk carrier flagged out of Malta and staffed with 18 seafarers from the Philippines and one from the Ukraine.  Only one had a visa, the rest were DOB (detained on board) and thus could not leave the ship (through no fault of their own).  And so our indefatigable volunteer, Bob Spry, cheerfully visited every day to make sure they had everything they needed so that they could communicate with their loved ones back home, and he brought gifts, Bibles, warm clothes, puzzles, reading materials and toiletries on behalf of us all, from generous donors such as yourselves.  Bob offered, too, that we would love to come and celebrate the Holy Eucharist (the Mass) with them, and so Meredith Ellis (our admin guru) and Fr. Rob Bacon (one of our Chaplains) went aboard to offer the Mass and to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with them.  To hear more of the story, click here -> , and scroll down page to A Ship Visit Story . . .

Salt and Light
13"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. 14"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;… Matthew 5:13-14

Happy New Year from Seafarer's Friend!
Dear Friends,

As we continue to welcome one another into the New Year, charting our calendars with great plans and expectations, readying and steadying ourselves mentally and physically for this year's race against time, we can now look back over our shoulder at the highs and lows of 2014 and say "toodles!" But only for a moment.  And then steady our gaze, stern and committed, forward on, into the bright future of this new year, 2015!

In these last couple of months, I've had the great pleasure of traveling to your communities as I've gathered winter donations, gifts in kind, from organizations and individuals alike.  If this experience wasn't rewarding enough, our Chelsea office was blessed with a visitation from some Philippine crewmen aboard the vessel UBC Boston (it was no coincidence they all happened to be Celtics fans!) What an honor it was to invite these men into our storehouse-we were thrilled to provide them with all kinds of essentials.  It was as though Santa had arrived early that day!  The expression on their faces was priceless.

A heart-felt THANK YOU from all of us at Seafarer's Friend. 

May God continue to bless you and cause His face to shine upon you....

Meredith Connell – Executive Director
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Above, Sinop behind Rob Bacon, Boston, Port-Chaplain.  Below, Sinop crew and Captain with Rob Bacon and Meredith Ellis celebrating Epiphany.