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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  and here to read about them! 


Intern Journal - July 2017

Chaplin Steve Wright and I visited a container ship named “MSC Florentina”. It was the biggest container ship I have been on so far—the latter up to the ship was extremely steep and long. Chaplin Steve and I were led to the Crew Lounge Room where we ran into a crewmember named Tiko. Tiko is from Indonesia, and we gave him an early Christmas shoebox. He showed instant gratitude; Tiko kept saying “thank you” over and over again, obviously appreciating the small gesture of kindness. Tiko had to get back to work though, so he left.

(Note: Although November and December are the most common times for us to hand our shoeboxes, thanks to the generosity of our donors we are sometimes able to bring shoeboxes aboard vessels in other months.  See how you can help our Shoebox Christmas campaign!)


Next, we met a man named Paulo.  Paulo is from Italy, and he talked our ears off about limoncello, wine, mozzarella, and everything Italian that he loved and missed. He also mentioned he has family in Miami that he has yet to see, and so Steve offered him a ride down there. They exchanged phone numbers so they could make the trip happen; Paulo was grateful. He even invited us back for dinner because they were having pizza, one of his favorite dishes. Note: Many mariners we see here at Port Everglades try to meet up with family while in the area.  Our center is often a meeting point, and we are always blessed to help make these connections happen.


Once Paulo had to go back to work, we began to leave and met Matilly on our way out. He needed a ride back to the Casa, and so Steve and I offered him one. He had a great smile, stretching from ear to ear. In the car ride back to the Casa, we got talking about his family, who live in Samoa. Matilly has five kids, his oldest is 19, and I told him that I was 19. I told him that his son and I could be friends, and he laughed and continued to tell us how smart he was and how he is doing so well in school. Once we got back to the Casa, he thanked us again and we parted ways.


Thank you Megan for another great account of your recent ship visit!  So much of what we do happens one on one, it is nice to read about our impact on a personal level!


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