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Meet Chaplain Michelle

Michelle grew up near Sarnia, Ontario. She started working at Ministry to Seafarers in 2000 and was ordained by the Christian Reformed Church as a Commissioned Pastor in 2004. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from Kuyper College and an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. She and her husband Don have four kids— they enjoy spending time together as a family. GETTING TO KNOW MICHELLE: What is your favorite part of your job? “Being able to meet people from different countries and backgrounds and learn about who they are and where they’re from.” What is the most interesting place you’ve been to? Why? “Some of the historical places I’ve visited like Mesa Verde in Colorado. The people who lived there built their houses in the sides of the cliffs and you can still go inside some of them. Also, Uluru rock and Kata Tjuta in Australia. Even though people have lived in some of these historical places for years and consider them sacred, God created all of it and it’s all part of His grand Creation.” What is one of your favorite foods? “Indian food. Anything spicy!” What is one lesson you have learned from seafarers? “The willingness people have to make extreme sacrifices for their family. Even when things are difficult, being able to continue doing what they have to do.”

Meet Chaplain David

David grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He moved to Montreal for work with a desire to see how all he learned in his Reformed upbringing would apply to a larger context and how he could create a place of spiritual safety for others. After moving to Montreal, David completed a BTH from Farel Reformed Theological Seminary. He started working at Ministry to Seafarers in 2006. David is married to his wife Brennan. They enjoy spending time outdoors. GETTING TO KNOW DAVID: What is your favorite part of your job? “Every ship is a different environment— a world unto itself.” What is the most interesting place you’ve been to? Why? “The Philippines— in the providence of Misamis Occidental, on the island of Mindanao. The mountains are like the Laurentians Mountains near Mont Tremblant. The villages are hike-in, hike-out. When I was there, I saw a lot of people living a subsistence lifestyle. Being there reminded me of Jesus’ time. I liked seeing how people lived without all the technology that we have now.” What is one of your favorite foods? “Turkey. I wish I could eat turkey as often as I eat chicken.” What is one lesson you have learned from seafarers? “Instead of avoiding suffering like most people do, many seafarers are willing to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of their families. This is a really useful life-lesson because we are all going to suffer at some point— if we try to avoid suffering, it will only be more difficult handle when it comes.”

Day of the Seafarer

June 25, 2018 • Kelly Orellana

Seafarers arriving to celebrate Day of the Seafarer

Christmas Parcels Arrive!

November 22, 2018 • David & Patty

Willem and Vic deliver Christmas parcels donated from Classis Quinte churches and individuals.

What We Do

June 14, 2018 • Michelle & David

Intro to M2S

June 14, 2018 • Michelle

Supporting Churches - Thank you

June 14, 2018 • Patty & Michelle