Thursday, 3 September 2009

Giving thanks to God

Our season of ministry with the Logos Hope is coming to an end. We have helped to shape the ministry and build the community. We are thankful to God for His grace, leading and strength.

Thousands of people are visiting the ship every day here in the Caribbean. As they enter the airconditioned deck they are greeted at the life boat theatre with a welcome and introduction to the ship. Then before entering the Book fair they are left with a question about hope.

With 1.3 KM of shelves and 7,000 titles there is something for everyone in the Book Fair. Our best seller is still the ancient scriptures written over 1,600 years by 40 different people with a clear message pointing to relationsip with Jesus Christ.

After the Bookfair we have an area that will eventually be known as the Journey to Life. As well as a mini theatre we have been developing a walk through interactive area with clear good news themes.

Beauty - There is beauty in God's creation. Everyone, whatever their background has been given dignity, worth and purpose.

Broken - All of us have experienced brokeness in some form. When the masks come off we share a common pain, shame and guilt. This is the reality of the world that we all live in.

Hope -Our message is clear and at it's core is the need for forgiveness, healing and deliverance. This message transcends culture and can transform worldview. It is the simple message of the love of God.

After the journey to life area on this Deck 4 experience there is an opportunity to relax in the I-cafe, meet friends or chat with a member of the crew and share experiences.

The experiece can be expanded with the Hope Theatre. This can seat 417 and has already been a venue for some very motivational events.

We thank God for the opportunity to have been a part of shaping this vision and to have been involved in helping to build the culture of this unique international team. In a few days another 96 join to add value to the mission. They will sail from Trinidand with 400 people.

On Tuesday morning Ann and I handed over leadership to Gian and Eveline Walser, from Switzerland. Gian has worked with me for a number of year and I am delighted to see God's hand on his life for this next season of leadershp.

We will return to Australia to re-connect with our church and family. Our desire:

1. Listen to God
2. Worship Him
3. Obey His will

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