Missions organisation OM has purchased a new ship, the 3.37 gross ton Doulos Hope, to complement the larger 12.519 gross ton Logos Hope.
“Together with OM leaders and partners around the world, we have been praying and considering how we can increase the effectiveness of ship-based ministry and in response, we have taken this step of faith to expand OM’s fleet with another, smaller vessel. Building on the legacy of past ministry, and complementing the name of our current ship, this newest vessel is to be called Doulos Hope, servant of hope!,” says OM in an article on its website.
OM has operated various vessels since it began its ship ministry in 1970. Logos Hope, well known as the world’s largest floating bookshop has been visiting ports around the world since 2009. Manned by an international crew and volunteers from many nations who serve in the mission of sharing knowledge, help and hope, the ship welcomes aboard approximately a million visitors a year.
Ship Ministry CEO, Seelan Govender shares: “God continues to use the catalytic nature of the ship to mobilise many, and there is so much more that needs to be done. Deeper, more impactful partnership means staying longer in ports and making return visits sooner, while also extending our reach into new areas. We want to equip this ministry to have the greatest global impact possible. This means expanding our vision and looking beyond the ministry of Logos Hope.”
“As we have prayed through the urgency of this vision and shared it with partners over recent years, we have been amazed and greatly encouraged by the response and generous support we have received. We believe that God has led us to this point, and I would like to invite you join us in this journey towards launching Doulos Hope, and seeing this vessel serve as a catalyst to transform communities in the port cities we visit, through prayer, investing financially, or serving with us!”
Originally built in Germany in 1991, the vessel is expected to undergo 12 to 18 months refurbishment before being launched into ministry alongside Logos Hope next year.
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