OM Ships International’s vessel Logos Hope has launched back into service from Hong Kong, SAR China following the annual dry dock and maintenance time required for ongoing operation. The ship is now sailing to San Fernando, Philippines which will be the first of two stops planned for the 2013 visit to this country of many islands. The second port of call, Puerto Princesa, will be the fifth port Logos Hope has visited in the Philippines after stops in Cebu, Manila and Subic Bay in 2012.
Crew and staff who worked on Logos Hope during the time in dry dock at Yiu Lian Dockyards
While many of the crew stayed on board to complete technical works during the time in Hong Kong, many others moved on shore to work locally or in surrounding nations on “challenge teams”. In total, 22 teams were sent out from the ship to ten different countries including South Korea, Japan and China as well as the United Kingdom and United States.
“We are grateful for a safe and reliable ship. However, it is the people who express the hope of transformation in the communities we visit,” explained Peter Nicoll, CEO of OM Ships. “We are also dependent on the prayers and financial support of Christians from around the world.”
As in previous dry dock times, crewmembers were joined by numerous project workers. These short-term helpers volunteered their expertise in a variety of areas to work alongside the ship’s technical staff on the many projects around the ship. At the same time, the professional team of the Yiu Lian Dockyards focused on the significant work required to do the five-year survey on the propellers and rudders amongst other works.
A significant accomplishment was the correction of the controllable pitch system for the propellers, which had been installed incorrectly during the refit of the vessel seven years ago. This fix was only made possible by the help of a Danish service technician who had experience with the uncommon system in place on Logos Hope.
“I see this as a provision from God as the service technician ‘happened’ to have experience with this particular type of controllable pitch system,” explained Elon Alva, Marine Superintendent for OM Ships. “There are only a few of this particular type still in operation worldwide!”
For a video overview of the work done during this dry dock, please visit http://www.logoshope.tv/video/66125107
Emrae Corpuz (Philippines) shares her faith
Meanwhile, there were also many stories of God at work through the various teams from the ship visiting communities on shore around Asia and beyond. In nearby Macau, SAR China, Emrae Corpuz (Philippines) met a Thai boxing coach while sharing the message of hope in Jesus with people on the streets. Despite the language barrier, Emrae shared her faith with the man and put him in contact with a local church. Many others were also presented with the Gospel message and around 1,000 Chinese Bibles were distributed in this region renowned for its gambling. “Continue to pray God will plant His seeds in the hearts of the people,” said Emrae. “Pray that there will be a fresh wind blowing in Macau.”
On hearing the experiences of crewmembers during this time, Lloyd Nicholas, Logos Hope Director, said “ Each one has experienced God in different ways, thankful for wonderful hospitality, seeing people connected with God and going through challenging situations realizing ‘…if you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’ John 15:5.”
The community on board Logos Hope looks forward to returning to the Philippines where it is expected that many more thousands of Filipinos will make the most of the quality literature available at a fraction of its retail value on board Logos Hope, commonly known as the “the world’s largest floating book fair”.
The revenue generated by literature sales is a key element of the financial sustainability of this not-for-profit entity. However, with the current expenses of the dry dock work, OM Ships is facing a significant financial need of around 400,000 Euros in expenses anticipated over the next weeks. Donations to help keep Logos Hope sailing into the future are gratefully received online at www.omships.org/donate or via local offices: www.omships.org/contactus
ABOUT OM SHIPS INTERNATIONAL
OM Ships International (OMSI) exists to transform lives by bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. OMSI pioneered the concept of using ships to transport literature, humanitarian aid and people resources. OMSI’s ships are well known for their work providing educational and Christian literature in ports around the world.
OMSI began in 1970 as part of the global Christian training and outreach movement, OM International. On board Logos Hope the crew and staff of 400, including professional seafarers, are all non-salaried volunteers. With over 45 different nationalities represented, the onboard community is a fascinating expression of cross-cultural living and understanding that reflect the church around the world. Crewmembers are unified by their faith and goal to share God’s love as they serve in port communities. The ship remains in port for several weeks and opens to thousands of visitors every day.
Over one million visitors come on board each year to browse the hallmark of the Ship Ministry—a large floating book fair with over 5,000 titles in stock, including books for university studies, professional and career interests, history, science, economics, language learning, hobbies, novels, children’s stories, biographies, dictionaries, atlases and a wide variety of Christian resources, including Bibles, study materials and books on Christian living.
The ships also bring aid and relief to needy people and places around the world. Crewmembers go ashore to provide medical aid, help construct schools, orphanages and homes, and give gifts of food, clothing and books. Teams also visit hospitals, orphanages and prisons to share God’s compassion and love.
Since 1970, over 42 million people have visited the ships during more than 1,400 port visits in over 150 nations. People from all walks of life, from presidents and prime ministers to street children and the homeless, have been welcomed on board.
OMSI’s operational costs are met by sponsorship of personnel, general donations and gifts, reductions and waivers of fees by civic and port authorities, book sales, and corporate support in each port of call.
Logos Hope is operated on behalf of OMSI by GBA Ships e.V. (formerly Good Books for All), a private, non-profit, entity registered in Germany.
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