Monday, October 10, 2011

Missional Focus: {Day 8} OM Ships International

The OM Ships ministry is a part of Operation Mobilisation International's global outreach and training ministry. A few years ago one of their ships, the Doulos, docked in Geelong for two weeks and we were able to go on board and take tours and meet some of the volunteers that live and work on the ship. It was a really cool thing to be able to do. The Doulos has since been sold, but OM has the Logos Hope that is travelling the globe.

An international crew and staff of volunteers live and work on the ships. Teams from the ship go into surrounding areas to supply aid and community care. In each port, the ship's crew joins local churches to bring hope and show love to people whatever their circumstance, culture or background. When the ship is in port visitors can stop in and purchase educational and Christian literature and resources from the bookstore on board. They also donate books to schools, libraries and churches in developing nations.

Since the OM started the ships ministry (there have been four different ships so far) in the 1970's they have visited over 500 ports in more than 160 countries and had over 40 million visitors on board!

I encourage you to stop by their website and check out some of the pictures and video's on there - it's a really great ministry!

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