Visitors to the Centre…

Yesterday (Thursday) I had the joy of welcoming Mary and Beatrice, two of the growing band of woolly hat knitters!

Beatrice and Mary unpacking their woolly hats - over 70 of them!
Beatrice and Mary unpacking their woolly hats – over 70 of them!

They traveled up from Cupar and Tayport respectively on a very cold day and managed to get through despite snow and ice, then a jack-knifed lorry!

Part of a group of ladies who have been knitting these famous woolly hats and even come balaclavas! It was good to be able to share about the work here at the Seafarers Centre and show them the excellent facilities we have here.

If any other “Knitters” would like to see around the Centre, do get in touch! You would be most welcome to have a look around.

Later that afternoon, as I was in the Centre, I opened the front doors and 5 seafarers came in!

4 Filipinos playing (?) pool!
4 Filipinos playing (?) pool!

They wanted to play pool and they had a right laugh! I don’t think they were experts, but were happy to just mess about and have fun. I think this is a role of the centre that is underestimated by many who would say that they have excellent facilities onboard their vessels. That may well be true on some vessels, but even then, there is no getting away from the fact that when in port, most seafarers want to get off their ‘tin box’ or work place to relax.

Today, I had my third great visit on the brand new vessel, built in Norway, flagged in Lagos and heading there after being fitted out for her charter down there.Her captain is from Namibia and was very appreciative of the English paperback books we gave him for the vessel. He said that they were unlikely to ever be back in Aberdeen, but Charlie (our ‘librarian’) was happy to give them some anyway – for the long journey south!

Jonathan looking through the books with his friend who was more interested in getting his picture taken!
Jonathan looking through the books with his friend who was more interested in getting his picture taken!

A magnificent vessel with a great crew. The Nigerian lads in particular were ‘evangelical Christians’ so we were able to have some good fellowship and pray together.

Opposite I gave Jonathan a box of Christian books – which brought a great big smile… He told me that he was a Methodist and the other chap attended the Church of Fire! They would be happy to come to church with me – depending on when they sail! Another side of seafaring that isn’t apparent – for those who wish to get to Church, it just isn’t that easy. The times of services clash with onboard meal times – usually 11.30-12.30.

After that, it was back to the Seafarers Centre for our Trustees Meeting! Although not the most exciting way to spend a Friday afternoon, it was a good meeting with lots of positives.

Time for me to fight through the Friday rush-hour traffic. Have a great weekend.

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