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Transformations

August 14, 2017

 

Transformations occur all around us here at Seafarers' House.  Sometimes they come in the form of spiritual comfort, other times they come in the form of more practical support.  Last week one of our chaplains, Steve, helped a mariner achieve just such a transformation. 

 

Marcus, a mariner from Germany,  had just arrived back on ship for a new contract.  Leaving behind his wife and two sons, aged 6 months and 3 years, he was feeling sad and downcast.  Marcus had spent every last second with his family at home and ended up leaving without getting a haircut.  On shore a good haircut is easy to come by, but when you are moving quickly from port to port it is difficult to take care of these simple tasks.  Arriving to our port, Marcus came into Seafarers' House looking for a barber. Chaplain Steve found a local barber here in Fort Lauderdale and made an appointment.  He drove Marcus to the appointment and waited while Marcus' overgrown hair and beard were trimmed.  Such small pleasures in life Marcus told Steve, make all the difference in the world when you have to leave family for 9 months.  Returning to the ship, Marcus' captain gaped in awe at the transformation in Marcus from a simple hair cut.  Walking on board with confidence, he waved back at Chaplain Steve and set on his way.

 

 

 

 

Transformations do not have to be large to be significant.  One by one we all can make a difference.  How will you make a difference in the life of a mariner today?

Visiting the Bea Shulte

August 7, 2017

 

Note: Our summer intern. Megan, is sharing some of her ship visiting experiences with us on our blog.  In case you missed her earlier visits, click here here and here to read about them! 

 

Intern Journal- August 2017

Father Peter Lin and I visited a container ship called “Bea Schulte”. The crew was made up of many different nationalities, including Bangladeshi, Filipino, Ukrainian, Russian, and Indonesian. This vessel was one of the larger container ships, and had a crew of 20 individuals.

The man we spoke to in the crew mess hall was named Paul. Paul is from the Philippines and had been on board for about four months already. He said he missed his family from home, and was excited to get back to see him during his vacation.

Another man came in while we were talking to Paul, and Paul mentioned that he was leaving today to go home, back to the Philippines. He had a flight later that night out of Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. He was very smiley and excited to get back home. Paul said that it was “the best day of this life”. We chit-chatted about the different kinds of ships and how hard they work and we thanked them for that. Paul mentioned that it was nice to talk to us instead of the same people all the time on the ship, and that sometimes it could feel like a jail, especially if one didn’t have a Visa.

 

Events

November 17, 2017

22nd Annual South Florida Business Leaders Luncheon

Join us for our 22nd Annual South Florida Business Leaders' Luncheon Benefiting Seafarers’ House Hosted by Holland America...

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