Well, you’ll know that already, but I have to say that I am pleased that it is. As you will have seen in my previous post, it has been quite a week! Let me update you on what has been happening.

I had a great time at the monthly lunch meeting of the Dean of Guild with two potential new trustees and another volunteer…

Later that evening I went out to Alford to have a wedding rehearsal – this was quite fun in the midst of an otherwise stressful week. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were all amazed at how relaxed and ‘funny’ I was… not at all what we expected!

On the Thursday, the MV Island Sky arrived early and I, along with our new Ship Visitor Chris Schenk, paid them a visit. It was a good two hours onboard and many conversations ensued. The crew was very happy and all the woolly hats we took onboard went quickly, as did the Lebara Sim Cards to enable them to call home for free. We met a couple, Joie and Poch who loved working onboard. but missed their daughter back home who was being looked after by her mother!

We also had a good chat with the Swedish Captain… The vessel had 9 different nationalities of crew and had 101 Australian passengers onboard.

We were about to leave and the purser said that we could not… she had organised some sandwiches for us… what a treat! Salmon with pineapple juice!! Delicious.

As we were finishing off, Joie said that he and his wife were going ashore – and I offered them a lift, which they gladly accepted. In fact they wanted to come to the Seafarers Centre and use the free internet so that they could speak with their family… It was a blessing to have them and we discovered that he was a Christian who had followed his father’s footsteps into ministry – he did 6 months at Bible college, but decided that it wasn’t for him! Off to sea he went instead. I gave him some Christian literature and a few toiletry items.

I’ll let the pictures and video tell the story…

Chris chatting with Joie

Chris chatting with Joie

 

The happy crew!

The happy crew!

 

Modelling the woolly hats!

Modelling the woolly hats!

 

Joie and Poch

Joie and Poch

 

Our sandwiches

Our sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to download a short video… where you will see Poch and Joie chatting to family in the Seafarers Centre.

The other event was the vessel Christening of the MV Cygnus Sentinel. It was a great afternoon and I think all enjoyed the event. Mind you, I was told to be careful what jokes I used as the Godmother was a lawyer… as if? Red rag and bull spring to mind…

CygnusSentinelChristeningI don’t have any official pictures, but opposite is one from Stewart McIntosh taken on the monkey island of his vessel… Thanks Stewart!

Afterwards we went to the Harbour Marine Operations Centre for a buffet and saw the vessel sail past…

Tomorrow I have a wedding to conduct – that will be fun.

Take care and thanks to all those who have prayed for Anne during this period of ill-health.

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