Subic Bay, Philippines (PRWEB) June 19, 2012
OM Ships’ vessel Logos Hope is in urgent need of a chief engineer to continue in ministry. The vessel is currently in dry dock in Subic Bay until early August and will be unable to sail after September without a longer-term chief engineer.
Short-term chief engineers have filled the role on a temporary basis over recent months, but more consistent leadership is needed to oversee the operation of vessel systems and maintenance work on machinery. Ideally, a chief engineer would serve on board for a year or more, but shorter-term appointments, with a minimum of three months, would also be considered, preferably on a rota system with other chief engineers.
The OM Ships leadership team is also committed to having four maintenance engineers with a ‘hands on’ approach to provide oversight in the ship’s engine room. Currently, two have committed to join and another two maintenance engineers are needed to meet the goal. Family accommodation is available for the chief engineer and could be made available for other engineering officers if required.
Despite the ongoing need for marine engineers, OM Ships has continued to see God at work. “We see evidence of God’s hand on the ministry every day as people’s lives are being touched – both on board and on shore,” said OM Ships CEO Peter Nicoll. “We believe that God has a future for the Ship Ministry and we have already begun to see His provision.”
Major gifts have recently provided financial breakthroughs needed to help cover the significant expenses of the 2012 dry dock and the ‘Power Up Logos Hope’ project in 2013.
Logos Hope is currently in Subic Bay for a time of annual dry dock and maintenance as well as preparation to replace two older generators, the main switchboard, and install a heat recovery system, in 2013. While crewmembers and project workers tackle the long list of projects on board, ship teams onshore are bringing knowledge, help and hope to communities across the Philippines and other parts of the world.
“The current upgrading and renewal of many engine room systems will enable a simpler and more reliable operation of the vessel,” said OM Ships Crewing Director Mark Dimond. “We need qualified personnel to bring the ‘Power Up Logos Hope’ project to completion and marine engineering officers and other maintenance engineers to continue operating and maintaining the vessel.”
OM Ships is working hard to recruit qualified marine engineers for these positions, but the help of ministry partners worldwide is essential to get the word out to those who can either serve themselves, or know other potential candidates. Pray for a breakthrough in this critical need so that Logos Hope can continue impacting lives around the world.
“The combination of technical ability and marine qualification – together with leadership skills and a passion to serve God is a rare combination – but we are trusting God to call such people – those He has prepared for this task on His ship, Logos Hope,” said Mark Dimond.
For more information about the engineering positions on board Logos Hope go to http://www.omships.org/engineers or e-mail Mark Dimond at mark(dot)dimond(at)gbaships(dot)org
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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