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.
A Very Fruitful and Eventful January We are off to a good start. By the grace of God, January proved to be an eventful month. The last weekend of January ended with a special guest speaker all the way from Pennsylvania, U.S.A.---Jeremiah Kingshipp, a missionary pastor. Working for Mission Imprint , a Christian-based disaster-relief, non-profit organization, Jeremiah visited the Philippines to deliver water systems to villages and orphanages. Mission Imprint’s mission is to provide the hope of Jesus Christ during hard times and to do it in ways that are lasting, relational, and that have eternal impact. Assisting him is 20-year old Vito de Carlo . Together they visited the Yolanda victims. They also graciously donated one water filter to San Fernando Christian Community. This center is sort of an oasis for people 24/7. Neighboring kids and passers-by know that they could always come here to get a free drink of clean water any time of the day. It is our joy to quench
While planning and constructing the 1,500-seat worship and recreation center in San Fernando, Philippines, Jake published a number of status updates to keep us informed and updated with the building progress. To read the reports he wrote and see some of the photos he took in the Philippines, download the reports here: https://cutt.ly/wjmBWBs