Christian mission to seamen

Poster of Jesus guiding the seaman when he is faced with the fury of nature

Poster of Jesus guiding the seaman when he is faced with the fury of nature

“Those who went to the sea in ships, merchants on the mighty waters, saw the marvels of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
For he spoke and stirred up a  storm whipping up the waves of the sea.
Flung upward and plunged to the depths, they lost courage in the ordeal; reeling like drunkards, they were adrift, in spite of all their seamanship.
Then they cried to the Lord in anguish, and he rescued them from their distress.
He stilled the storm to a gentle breeze and hushed the billows to silent waves.
How glad they were! He brought them safe and sound to the port where they were bound.
Let them thank the Lord for his love and wondrous deeds for humans.”
Psalms107: 23~31

Seamen center at Coosbay, Oregon, USA

Seamen center at Coosbay, Oregon, USA

Many ports in Europe, Australia, and North America have Mission to Seamen. These are operated on a voluntary basis by Christian Churches. The Flying Angels, and Stella Maris are the best known. Some do not have a specific name, and are usually called Seamen Center. Some mission does not have a place of operation, but have visiting pastors.

Home visit to a typical local family

Home visit to a typical local family

The work they do is very much appreciated by visiting sailors from all over the world. The place the set up is like a home away from home. Sailors from many countries are able to mix around very freely, playing indoor games, exchange ideas, and experiences.

Seamen center in another place

Seamen center in another place

Sometimes, these organizations organize outings to local tourist spots, picnics, outdoor games or tournaments, and other similar events.

Tours were organized when there was time

Tours were organized when there was time

When the stay in port is very long, they sometimes organize tours to far away tourist spots in that country.

In appreciation to their service and goodwill, many sailors bring in decorative objects to grace the Seamen Center. We will find dolls from many countries, and handicrafts done by seamen on the walls of almost every center. Nautical paraphernalia makes the Seamen Centers very traditional.

There are other Seamen Centers operated by the Government, or by seamen societies like the British Sailors Society in some places.

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