Wednesday, April 01, 2009

March and Doulos

March has been a very busy month with Alyssa and I. March is the closing month for our school year in college. With it also came Doulos, a ship ministry we've fallen in love with.

Doulos the ship, is the world's oldest ocean-passenger going ship. It was built in 1914, just two years younger than Titanic. It was launched on 1914 in the U.S.A. as a freighter named Medina. She became Roma, a migrant carrier, in 1948. In 1952, she became a cruise liner named Franca C and in 1977 she was renamed again and to this day is named Doulos, a Greek word which means "servant."

Aside from being the oldest sailing ship in the world, Doulos is also a floating United Nations with around 350 crew members coming from 50 different nations working together for one purpose of bringing Knowledge, Help, and Hope to the people of the world.

It sails around the world with its bookfair, bringing knowledge through the literature they carry. As an expression of God's love and concern for those in need, Doulos crew members provide help by building water pumps, building a community day-care center, and distribution of food, clothing and other basic needs to poor communities around the world in the ports they visit.

There would be no bringing knowledge and help if without the hope of each crew member onboard--the hope they have in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour. The hope they have in Jesus is what each crew member wish to bring in ports they visit.

Doulos was docked in Pier 13 in Manila for the whole month of March. Alyssa and I had a chance in experiencing life onboard, even for a very short time. For my part I was a port volunteer for 12 days. The next few posts on the next days will be about our experiences on board, which caused so much growth in our lives as we made interaction with an international community that is all for Jesus.

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