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
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.