Port Hedland Chaplain to seafarers Garry South is using children’s Bibles to reach international mariners with the good news of Jesus.
Garry says that at the Port Hedland Mission to Seafarer Centre, demand for children’s Bibles is as strong as demand for adult Bibles.
“In the last 18 months the seafarers are really hungering for children’s Bibles. Recently I asked an officer to pass a copy to the captain. However, he hugged it to himself and wouldn’t let it go so I had to give them both a copy.”
Our chaplains give out thousands of Bibles each year in a range of languages at Mission to Seafarer centres at Port Hedland, Dampier and Geraldton. However, Garry says the children’s Bibles have become popular because they are easy to read and understand and help the men and their families to learn English.
Some of the seafarers are Christian but most are not. Even so, they read the Bibles themselves when alone in their cabin on board ship, and also with their children when they return home – often after more than six months at sea.
The Port Hedland centre outlays $8000 each year (including a $2000 Bible Society grant) to buy Bibles for seafarers.
Our chaplains play a valuable role in caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the 6500 mariners who visit our centres each month.
Recently Garry was called aboard a ship at anchorage after a sailor was lost at sea. Garry was asked by the port, mining and shipping authorities to help comfort the crew following the recovery of the body from the ocean.
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