A Ship Visit Story: They Just Came For Gloves

It was right after New Years when I boarded the New England that comes into Portland, ME almost every week from St Johns, Canada. I was visiting around lunchtime and had a chance to sit down with about eight of the crew to share a meal together. The gentlemen I joined that day were all Filipinos who are always very hospitable.

Still being fairly new at this whole ship visiting ministry of Seafarer's Friend, I continually am amazed at how each visit is different. Sometimes it's easy to feel like a phone-card salesmen, but then I am reminded that the service we provide for the crews helps them stay connected with their families thousands of miles away. That alone is a great thing and these crewmen and women are grateful if it just ends here. The visit that day was so much more for three of the crew I met during our lunch together. To Hear More of The Story, Click Here and scroll down to "A Ship Visit Story" -> http://conta.cc/1AoUbAA

Among the daffodils springing in the snow. . .. "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; and he shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young."

Dear Friends,

Spring is almost here!  With this declaration, I can hear the resounding chorus of Halleluiahs after the snowiest winter on record!  Hard to believe this as we make our way into the midst of Lent, approaching Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Passover, and Easter, at last. Before we know it, everything will be springing up daffodils and roses.  May it be that our hearts awaken with new energy, new life, and new vision to serve the mission of Seafarer's Friend.

We've had a busy first three months in 2015 here at SFF, shoveling snow out of our drive and off the roof. I'm sure many of you can relate.  Where are we going to put this stuff(snow) was the riddle of the season. Like the snow that kept coming down from the heavens, so did the donations of watch caps and clothing from our faithful supporters and so did the Bibles of many languages continue to arrive from Gideons International.  The challenges of the season did not relent but neither did the grace and blessings from The One who cannot help but be faithful.  

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, Lance Williams, Port-Chaplain with crew in Boston. Below, Port Kenny crew with Lance Williams, Port-Chaplain and Meredith Connell, Executive Director.