The same day I boarded the Frisiana, a Filipino seafarer visited our centre downtown. While chatting with him, he asked me, “Do you know anyone connected with the Christian Reformed Church?” I had wondered how long before I met someone from the Philippines CRC. I actually travelled with his former missionary pastor through parts of the Philippines way back in 1986, and even preached once in his home church in Iloilo City.
The Ministry committee in Port Alberni made the difficult decision late last year to close the Upper Room Seafarers Centre. A steep decline in ship traffic made rental of the centre no longer viable. Ministry there will continue, however, and we will continue to support that work in smaller ways as they will carry on with ship visits, gift giving, as well as some shopping and general care for seafarers going forward.
Welcome Back Megan!
Some of you will remember Megan Apperloo, who served as intern with this Ministry back in 2018. Megan has now joined the Ministry as our part-time “Development Assistant.” Her role will be to promote the Ministry more broadly and to help with some of the regular administrative matters. Thanks Megan!
I am so excited to be serving the Ministry again! I can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for us to further serve the Seafarers! - Megan