Logos Hope Launches Again from the Philippines

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After eight months of maintenance and improvements to prepare the vessel for future service, Logos Hope sets sail from Subic Bay, Philippines

After eight months of technical work, Logos Hope is sailing again.

After eight months of technical work, Logos Hope is sailing again.

We rejoice in another milestone moment for OM Ships as Logos Hope sails out of Subic Bay.

OM Ships International’s vessel Logos Hope has set sail from the Philippines for Hong Kong, SAR China following eight months of maintenance and technical upgrades to engine room systems. Despite the unexpected length of the ship’s stay in the Philippines, God provided countless opportunities for lives to be transformed and for crewmembers to be a blessing wherever they went.

“We rejoice in another milestone moment for OM Ships as Logos Hope sails out of Subic Bay,” said Peter Nicoll, CEO of OM Ships. “We thank God for the team who so faithfully worked through this period and for the protection and provision we experienced on board.”

Crewmembers were joined by many volunteer project workers, serving from two weeks or longer, in the demanding task of refurbishing the ship’s main engine fuel system, the lube oil purifiers, work in the tanks, electrical installations associated with the fuel and water systems being rebuilt as well as many other projects. It is a credit to the perseverance of the engineers and crewmembers on board that this complex work has reached this stage of completion.

“Thank you to all those who prayed faithfully and gave sacrificially to make these works possible,” stated Elon Alva, Marine Superintendent for OM Ships. “This has been a team effort and we are confident that the ship systems worked on will be more reliable, safe and efficient.”

From the time the ship entered dry dock in April, over 70 teams were sent out in six phases to serve in communities across the Philippines. Donating water filters, completing building projects and facilitating Bible studies for adults and children allowed crewmembers to reflect a hope in Christ with those they met, while also meeting people's physical and spiritual needs.

As the technical works continued on in Subic Bay, crewmembers took initiative to build deeper relationships with locals, something not often possible with the ship typically in port for three weeks at a time. Through showing the Jesus Film to shipyard workers, distributing Gospel literature on the streets, sharing the message of hope with women working as prostitutes in local bars, and leading Zumba dance lessons in the local mall, crewmembers lived out their faith and communicated God’s love to those they met. Many were also given a portion of God’s Word or a Bible in their own language. Much of this ministry was only possible through repeated encounters over an extended period of time.

The community on board Logos Hope looks forward to a Christmas visit to Hong Kong and the exciting opportunities ahead in South East Asia in 2013. As Logos Hope prepares for ministry in 2013, pray for effective strategies to recruit and develop engineers for the future. Pray also for long-term engineering staff to provide stability and continuity in the engine room. For more information on Logos Hope’s engineering needs go to http://www.omships.org/engineers

“Although this upgrading and maintenance of engine room systems has taken far longer than we anticipated, we believe it will stand us in good stead for years to come,” Peter Nicoll continued. “We also believe it will make the task of our engineers easier and pray that this will also lead to longer-term commitments from competent engineers.”

To find out more about the life-changing ministry of OM Ships, visit our website at http://www.omships.org The organization is funded by the generosity of people all around the world and you can help fund life change by your gifts through http://www.omships.org/donate

ABOUT OM SHIPS INTERNATIONAL

OM Ships International (OMSI) exists to transform lives by bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. OMSI pioneered the concept of using ships to transport literature, humanitarian aid and people resources. The organisation’s ships are well known for their work providing educational and Christian literature in ports around the world. OMSI began in 1970 as part of the global Christian training and outreach movement, OM International. On board Logos Hope the crew and staff of 400, including professional seafarers, are all non-salaried volunteers. With over 45 different nationalities represented, the onboard community is a fascinating expression of cross-cultural living and understanding that reflect the church around the world. Crewmembers are unified by their faith and goal to share God’s love as they serve in port communities. The ship remains in port for several weeks and opens to thousands of visitors every day.

Over one million visitors come on board each year to browse the hallmark of the Ship Ministry—a large floating book fair with over 5,000 titles in stock, including books for university studies, professional and career interests, history, science, economics, language learning, hobbies, novels, children's stories, biographies, dictionaries, atlases and a wide variety of Christian resources, including Bibles, study materials and books on Christian living.

The ships also bring aid and relief to needy people and places around the world. Crewmembers go ashore to provide medical aid, help construct schools, orphanages and homes, and give gifts of food, clothing and books. Teams also visit hospitals, orphanages and prisons to share God’s compassion and love.

Since 1970, over 42 million people have visited the ships during more than 1,400 port visits in 151 nations. People from all walks of life, from presidents and prime ministers to street children and the homeless, have been welcomed on board.

OMSI’s operational costs are met by sponsorship of onboard personnel, general donations and gifts, reductions and waivers of fees by civic and port authorities, book sales, and corporate support in each port of call.

Logos Hope is operated on behalf of OMSI by GBA Ships e.V. (formerly Good Books for All), a private, non-profit, entity registered in Germany.

For latest news, further information, port schedules and opportunities to participate visit http://www.omships.org

For more information and images, please contact:

            Jon Crowe    
            Director of Marketing and Communications
            OM Ships International
            E-mail: jon.crowe(at)gbaships(dot)org
            Telephone: +1-843-679-1862 x205

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