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8 November 2016
Mark Dimond, one of our Sent Mission Partners, tells us about his work with OM Ships.
I am so thankful for the concept of working in teams! Jesus had a team. Paul the apostle had a team. My training as a marine engineer included learning to work as a team. Working in a team is so important and exciting in missions in general, and in OM Ships in particular. And so we are also very thankful for the teams of people praying and supporting those of us who are training and serving with OM Ships whether on land or on board Logos Hope.
I worked on cruise ships in my younger years, and there are many similarities between the two. But there are also many differences. One of them is that we are ‘open’ to the public when docked in port. Hundreds – sometime thousands – of people visit the ship each day. We offer ‘Knowledge, Help and Hope’.
In our huge on-board bookshop, we offer educational and other books that are usually not available in the countries we visit. But we also seek opportunities to help people come to a knowledge of God – to a living relationship through Jesus. Jesus said, 'You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free' (John 8:32).
We provide practical help where we are docked – building and maintenance work, eye or dental clinics, and water filtration units. We also offer help to Christians through on-board events such as discipleship seminars and other training courses on Christian living and mission.
We meet many in the ports we visit who have lost hope. People with disadvantages or sickness who say they have no hope. Through the practical help, and a demonstration of a Christian community, we offer hope. And we also point people to the only one who can give real hope – Jesus. The Bible equates people without God with those who have no hope (Ephesians 2:12). Therefore, to ‘have’ God means we can ‘have’ hope.
That is our purpose with OM Ships. And we work in teams. My role currently is Base Leader for our headquarters office in Mosbach. The team there is made up of several smaller teams of people whose roles are to support the Logos Hope in several areas including technical, logistics, planning, scheduling, human resources, etc.
We sometimes wonder whether it is all worth it. It is not always easy, and there are discouragements and disappointments at times. But then we hear stories of how God is at work in people’s lives. Like Ray in prison on the Seychelles islands.
Ray visited one of our previous ships, Doulos, in 1995. He bought a Bible, but didn’t realise the power of the Word of God until much later. He made some unwise decisions after that visit to the Doulos, and ended up in prison. But he took his Bible with him, and while in prison, he has found his peace with God. When Logos Hope visited the Seychelles islands last year, a team visited the prison, and learned of Ray’s story. He showed them the Bible he’d bought on Doulos and said he now reads a Psalm every day for strength and encouragement.
Please visit our website for more information and consider being a part of our team – whether by praying, giving, or joining.