On December 6, 2019 we purchased a secondhand van to replace our aging and rusting 2006 vehicle. It truly was a gift from God! It still smelled new and had less than 25,000 KM on it. Now we can transport seafarers in a vehicle that reflects how valued they are. With the addition of air conditioning they'll be more comfortable in the summers too. We could not have done this without our faithful supporters! Thirty-five different donors gave towards this need over 18 months of fundraising. Our graphic designer, Paul Harman, designed a sleek decal that makes our vehicle more visible in the Port. Seafarers can more easily identify us and call for a free pick-up. We are so thankful! Celebrate with us by thanking God for his generous provision. Chaplain David who drives the vehicle most of the time said, "I still can't believe this van is ours. Shore leave remains a huge priority for seafarers and I love transporting them in a safe and comfortable vehicle. We have the best supporters!"
Introducing our new van!
Thanks to our supporters
January 28, 2020
TFS Day 25
Valley and Darkness • Donielle Hart Goad
This is an audio recording of the Day 25 entry in Today: Devotions for Seafarers (Vol. 2) by Jason Zuidema. Listen to the audio and/or read the text below: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. -Psalm 23:1-4 I am deeply troubled by people who say you can have health and wealth if only you have more faith and hope—as if seafarers could just pray a bit more and instantly have a good job at home. The message sounds so enticing: who would not want to be free from sickness and have more money in their pocket? It's true that there are benefits in living the Christian life. Scientific studies have shown that people who are faithful at church and regular in prayer generally find more balance and meaning than do others in our fast-paced world. But in my experience, some of the most faithful and deeply hopeful people I know have been those with chronic illness and limited amounts of money. And the Bible shows that while some faithful believers were wealthy, there were many more who remained faithful without growing rich or receiving great honors. "Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1). Many faithful people do not see health and wealth in this life! We need to keep the whole message of Scripture in view. Psalm 23 does not promise that we will not be in dark valleys, but, rather, that when we are in dark valleys, we need not fear evil, for God is with us. In this way God gives us real comfort to face the challenges of life. For further thought: Think of some people you know whose faith is effective and inspiring even though (or even because) they struggle with illness? Give thanks for them today! Why is it important that God is with us when we are in trouble? Why is it important to pray to God for faithfulness rather than money or power? Prayer: Dear God, I have known dark valleys in my life. Thank you for being present with me in joy and pain. Please continue to show me your presence as I travel onward. Amen.