Seafarer’s Ministry |
Chaplain Christopher Dale
“Back in February Allen and I visited the Star Harmonia which was crewed entirely by Filipinos. While I sold a bunch of sim cards, Allen had a conversation with the cook, Galiano. I then joined him in the conversation.
Galiano identified as Baptist, and he was leading a Bible study group of 7 of the crew. He had been working on the ships for over 20 years, and that was the first time he had tried to lead a group. He said he felt that God was telling him to do his part, so he decided to try. He asked for prayer for wisdom and energy to prepare the studies in addition to all the work he had to do. He also asked for prayer for new members as several of the current members were to sign off at their next port. I pointed out to him that he can have a much bigger impact than all the seafarers ministries they meet combined since he is there 24/7.
The ship came back into port a couple of weeks ago, and I talked with Galiano again. The 4 people in his Bible study group that signed off were in fact replaced by 4 new members among the on-signers. We talked for a while, or rather he talked and talked while I looked for opportunities to get a word in edge-wise. I showed him the Bible study materials I had brought, and he thanked me. I think he was just excited to have someone to talk to about the group.”