Mission mandate: ‘To promote and provide for the spiritual, physical and mental needs of all seafarers (2016)
Welcome to this the first issue of ‘ Ship to Shore’ a way to communicate with you the goings on at the Mission and share the story of the seafarer. Easter is a time of celebration when we give thanks for the gift of God’s goodness and love in the new life that comes through Jesus Christ .I hope that you will join me in striving to live this new life and in so doing share the joy and hope with seafarers. Peter Smyth Senior Chaplain
‘We are family’. These are the words of a song by Sister Sledge which I recall from my youth and they speak to the importance of healthy relationships, of not loosing sight of one another in the midst of the busyness of life.Seafarers venture out on the high seas leaving their families behind, the pregnant wife, the new born baby, the child soon to begin high school or get a job, a spouse, a sick parent’, in order to provide for them a better quality of life. You and I see our families as well as those ‘strangers’ we meet on the bus, in the street, in a restaurant , at work every day but seafarers do not, making it a lonely and isolating life. Positive and supportive relationships on-board, the crew being like a family is important.It is also why the work of the Mission Chaplains, volunteers and people like you reading this is so important. The kindness and love shown, the prayers offered for the seafarers and their families further helps to sustain them until they go home to their loved ones and the communities they left behind.
Story of two tails- Seafarers have few creature comforts and so the value of Chico and Archie the Mission cats who are therapeutic and comforting to seafarers. Now that is no tall tail!