Aberdeen Seafarers Centre seeks to look after the welfare of all seafarers, irrespective of their nationality, faith (or no faith) or sexual orientation!
All seafarers get a friendly welcome and access to all our free services.
Today we had a visit from 3 Filipino seafarers off the KL BRISFJORD. Amongst other items, two of them asked if we had any Tagalog Bibles – the shelves only had English and several other nationality Bibles.
I was happy to go into the safe to get some – the Centre is based in an old Bank – and after all, God’s Word is more valuable than gold!! 🙂
Yes, it can be fun although I had spent the morning getting the works car serviced followed by my accountant and I going over the finances – so my Filipino lads helped remove my headache!
I also had a visit from a seafarer from New Zealand – a cook who is out of work because he doesn’t have the new MCA Cook’s Certificate. Sadly only Tyneside college runs the course in the UK and so he will be going to France to do the course – just outside Cannes! It’s a tough life for some! No, seriously, it will cost him well over £1,000 to do the course, plus his travel, accommodation and living expenses and he has lost a month’s work (so far!) and has lost out financially. Sadly, we are unable to make grants to seafarers in such circumstances.
I’ll update you on his progress in due course.
What else has Monday brought? A visit from British Captain, now working ashore – always good to catch up with my friends. We had 7 visitors to the Centre in the afternoon – if only we had the finance to employ someone to open up during the afternoon, midday to 1800…
I then made a visit to my printers (Eye Candy on Waterloo Quay) to pick up the new business cards for me ad my ship visitors; then to Waterloo Quay Properties – my old offices where I am their unofficial chaplain; and last but not least back at the Centre to write my report for the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Port Welfare Committee Meeting later this month.
So the week has started fairly busy as ever!
I hope that your week is a good one!