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Please Pray for our Seafarers on Sea Sunday 14/07/2013

 
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Shipping is the lifeblood of the world’s economy, and is the safest and
most environmentally friendly way of transporting mass amounts of goods and services from one place to another. Did you know that over 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea, from raw materials to manufactured goods such as televisions, iPads, computers and bicycles. Clothing is shipped in large steel containers, alongside foodstuffs such as tea, coffee, cocoa and wheat. It has been said that without shipping, one half of the world would freeze and the other half would starve
 
Sailing around the world there are 1.3 million people who crew the International merchant fleet, 50,000 ships are in service at any one time. There are 624,000 Officers, 747,000 Ratings of which 24,100 are British
 
Seafarers lead a lonely life at sea, 60% of the world seafarers are still denied access to sending emails or making a telephone call to their loved ones whilst the ship is at sea. Piracy, especially off the coast of Somalia, and now Gulf of Guinea and West Africa. The attacks on the ship can have a psychological and physical impact on seafarers and their families
 
The Mission to Seafarers is the largest provider of port-based welfare services in the world. We operate in 260 ports in 71 countries
 
We offer internet cafes and access to low cost phone lines so that the crew can be reunited with their loved ones, we visit injured seafarers in hospital, provide family liaison in times of trouble. We can supply Christian literature, Bibles in many different languages and also hold services at the crew’s request. We also offer pastoral support to men and woman far from home
 
An emergency, MtS is often called on to be the first responder, and we all work closely with the RNLI and the Coastguards to provide follow on care

We are looking to open up a new small centre in Great Yarmouth to once again provide for the seafarers who arrive in the Port. Help is always needed and we are looking for a small band of Trustees to get the building up and running. Also we continue to look to increase the volunteers we have
 
If either of the above interests you, then in the first instance give the Port Chaplain a call on 07788111823 or send an email to portchaplain@keme.co.uk
 

Please remember the Seafarers on Sea Sunday (and during the rest of the year)