from Paul Cave, Port Chaplain
Recently, together with the assistance of various people we have conducted services on board several ships. Paul Hanson the P.L.A. River Pilot (now Deputy Harbour Master) has accompanied me and shared his testimony of how he came to Christ through an Alpha Course. Paul, having spent much of his life at sea, is able to relate to seafarers in a very real and meaningful way, which is much appreciated.
On another occasion my brother in law and sister in law, who were visiting us from Canada, joined me one Sunday evening and ministered in song during a service on a ship which had come from Australia.
Just last Friday evening Sheila and I attended a concert in support of our Mission performed by “Churches Drama & Opera in Thurrock” (CDOT). This was held in Horndon on the Hill’s beautiful 13th Century Parish Church. We were treated to all sorts from classical to pop, preformed in a most professional manner. The performance concluded with a very moving rendering of “He raised me up”.
One day this past week I was accompanied on my regular ship visiting duties by Norman Freeman, a member of the South Essex Gideon Branch. Norman was able to distribute a good number of N.T. to seafarers on the ships that we visited during the course of the day. We intend to repeat this operation again later in the year.
With the Olympics fast approaching, many of my L.C.M. colleagues have been involved in the preparations. Some will be acting as Games Pastors together with other duties. One has even been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch on one of its last stages. I myself will be kept busy visiting the cruise ships that will be used as floating hotels that will be moored in the old London Docks.
Thank you for your continuing support and prayer.