Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Atlantic Crossing

Nearly 5 months after leaving Minnesota I am still on the Logos Hope - almost 3 months longer than my original STEP program was supposed to end. It has been amazing to see how God has been working in my life since I left home to volunteer my time on board as a plumber. We are now embarked on the 14 day sail across the ocean headed for West Africa! Sailing is always more relaxed than being in port because the community really rests, trains, prepares, and grows closer together while sailing in preparation for the ports to come.
Below the ship was shifting berths early in the morning in Dominica. I got up early and biked to the other berth and was able to get some shots of the ship like it looks when it isn't tied to a quayside. You can see if you look closely the crew gangway suspended from the starboard side of the ship.

Like I said before the community has time to really relax and do some enjoyable things together. The other evening we were blessed by our galley and pantry team with a cookout with real hamburgers and all of the side items you would expect. It is so cool to go up to the top decks and look around at the horizon and see absolutely nothing. Only water and an occasional flying fish.
Every Thursday is prayer night. Last Thursday they put on something very different than normal that was supposed to give us a picture of what it is like to be truly poor. We reenacted what one family in Africa does for a living. They make paper bags all day every day and struggle to even pay for what they need to stay alive let alone think about sending the children to school or affording other such "luxuries" that we take for granted every day. We got into groups and we had to make paper bags and sell them. We had limited time and had to do our best to meet the minimum payments for food, water, housing, and trying to send a child to school. You could also choose to work for one of the shopkeepers and make money outside of the home and one of the options was to send our sisters into prostitution just to make enough money to live.

I wish I could say that it was just a simulation, a game, but unfortunately it is a very real representation of how people struggle for survival. We can provide some help to these people during our visit to Africa in the form of supplies but we want to supply them with the truth of Jesus. Give them water that will make them never thirst again. Please pray that as the Logos Hope every day comes nearer and nearer to Africa that the Holy Spirit will go before us and prepare a way in the hearts of the people that we will come into contact with. As you know the Caribbean is very poor in some areas but Africa even more so.
Thanks for your support and encouragement. I'm going to try to post a few past stories and pictures from the Caribbean during the remaining time of the Atlantic voyage so be expecting those. God bless.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

Sobering to think about how little some people have. It makes me stop and think about my priorities and what is really important. Thanks, Ben.

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