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Ship to Shore Summer 2019 Issue 2

Vancouver Mission to Seafarers mandate: ‘To promote and provide for the spiritual, physical and mental needs of all seafarers (2016)

I hope you find this Summer issue of ‘Ship to Shore’ informative and that in particular it gives you further insight into the lives of the seafarers and how you might partner with us to support them. In this issue I want to pay tribute to the crew of the galley which today is more than often a cook and the messman(Steward). I always make a point of visiting with them on a ship visit as they know the mood of the crew.I have found many a cook to be larger than life, passionate about their work and looking out for the well-being of the crew.They work every single day of their 6, 9 month contract at times working with limited provisions to provide nutritious meals and a taste of home to the crew. Thank you for your support of the seafarers and do check out our website www.flyangel.ca for more info and ways to donate. Peter - Senior Port Chaplain

ARE YOU ONBOARD?

It is always good to welcome new people with fresh insight and new ideas to the Mission and in May 2019 at the AGM a new Board of Directors Chair was appointed, Mr Robert Lewis-Manning’ President of the B.C. Chamber of Shipping. He brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge of the issues, people in the local maritime community and a faith to inform it all.We also welcomed a new board member Karissa Kelln who works with Bernard LLP in Vancouver.We are very grateful to Capt.Oscar Pinto with Valles Shipping who has served the Mission well and whose term has concluded.

Volunteer Appreciation - The Mission to the Seafarers would flounder without the faithful dedication of our volunteers and so in May volunteers gathered to enjoy some good food and company as well as receive the thanks of the Mission.

Volunteer Appreciation 2019

Internship 2019 we continue to see the importance of providing a ministry experience for people to discern God’s call, to grow new leadership in the care of the seafarers. We are very grateful to NAMMA (North American Maritime Association) for once again providing us with grant assistance through the Seafarers Trust.The internships over the last two summers have shown us how effective it is to meet with and build supportive relationships with seafarers. As a Chaplaincy team we have concluded that it would be good to have someone, preferably Chinese with the language skills to engage with Chinese seafarers, so we decided to engage Vincent Ng who also works with OMF for an extended part time internship.We hold him in prayer as he begins this ministry in early July.

IMO International Day of the Seafarer Tuesday 25th June. This is a day to recognize seafarers, their work and the sacrifices they make, by showing our appreciation in many ways. The theme in 2019 ‘I am onboard with gender equality’ emphasizes the importance and value of women as seafarers. It takes a special person to be a seafarer and that is even more so for women trying to find a role in what is a male dominated profession. At the Seafarer centres we will have a BBQ for the seafarers. We will be challenging people to ask themselves “how can they say thank you to seafarers?” and so inviting people to come to the Waterfront Centre and show their appreciation to the seafarers between 4 and 7pm. There will be a short time of prayer for the seafarers and their families at 7pm. Please keep them and the Mission in your prayers.

Cycle for Seafarers’ is our biggest fundraiser of the year welcoming people of all abilities to the Waterfront Centre to choose between a family ride 15km, 40,60 and 100km followed by a ‘thank you’ BBQ. Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship with info and registration available on our website at www.flyingangel.ca Entry into a prize draw if you raise more than $100.

Getting in a few kilometres before the big day Sat August 24th 2019
Family Fun Ride to Kitsilano Coast Guard Station

Cycle for Seafarers - new Family Fun Ride - 15km route to Kitsilano Coast Guard Station via False Creek on the cycle paths. There will be a rest stop at the station with snacks and the opportunity to tour a vessel.

Events - June- International Day of the Seafarer Tues June 25th, July - Harbour Cruise Thurs 11th (Fully booked) , General Synod Display - 10th- 16th, August – Cycle for Seafarers Sat August 24th

Donations to support the seafarers can be made by; Cheque to Mission to Seafarers. Cash. Credit card- under ‘Donate ‘ on our secured website www.flyingangel.ca or through the Vancouver Foundation. Always received with our gratitude

Contact information 401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver,BC, V6A 4G9, Tel: 604 253 4421. Email: m2svancouver@gmail.com Facebook: @mission2seafarers Twitter: @MtSVancouver

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