The “Logos Hope” a humanitarian ship, carrying the world’s largest floating book fair has over 400 crew members from 60 different countries. The ship docked in the port of San Fernando for several weeks.
Our church was able to partner with them and use their ship’s attractions to reach many people with the gospel. Well over 100,000 people visited the ship, with as many as 22,000 reportedly reached in just one day.
Each day there were high-impact evangelistic events, both on board as well as in our church center and various mission outreach sites.
Rotary Club Hears About Christ
Tim and one of the directors of the ship emceed a special Rotary Club meeting, bringing in all Rotary Clubs in the province to hear the ships’ evangelist present the gospel.
It was a rare opportunity to freely share the Lord with a captive audience of so many business and civic leaders.
Church leaders volunteered daily for personal evangelism among ship visitors, as they exited book fair. Many lives were touched and new friends introduced to Jesus. We even had a number of these contacts already visit our church services.
Open Doors On-Board
Tim was also the featured speaker for a Men’s Conference held on board, bringing a very challenging message for men to start taking responsibility.
The church music team lead worship during a conference for youth
There was great receptivity and openness to the gospel. We continue reaching out to the many contacts from the ministries that took place on the ship. Though the ship has moved on to other ports around the world, many follow-up opportunities are still before us.
Ships' Caterer Hears & Believes in Jesus
Tim brought the ship’s logistics team to a Rotary meeting, to promote the ship and introduce them to the civic leaders. That day they met Peter, a new Rotarian, who owns the restaurant that became the official caterer of all on-board events. While serving meals on the ship, Peter was exposed to the gospel; and opened his heart to accept Christ.
Despite opposition from his immediate family, he finally attended our Sunday worship service. At first, he came alone; but Peter is praying that his wife and 2 year old son will start joining him.
From Captive to Captivated "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound." (Isaiah 61:1) Being a captive is not just physical. It is one thing to be held behind prison bars. It is another thing to be imprisoned emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Either way, you are being captured, taken hold of, bound, and in shackles against your will. In visiting with the inmates of the La Union Provincial Jail, my heart personally melted and broke in several pieces. I did not see people who were restricted from the outside world. I saw broken men and women in need of the Truth. Here are people who have not seen their loved ones for a long time. Here are people who are experiencing self-condemnation because of wrong choices. Here are people who fee
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