‘On behalf of the Mission to Seafarers, thank you so much for the parcel of knitted hats which I have received today, and do please pass on our thanks to anyone who may have contributed in any way. We are so appreciative of such efforts on our behalf and seafarers acknowledge such kindness shown to them when they are able to meet with our chaplains and volunteers, not always having been possible during the pandemic, but seafarers do not forget a kindness shown to them and one seafarer told how on a past visit to our shores he had received a warm handmade gift, a kindness he had not forgotten and was so grateful for.
On the 11th. of July, as I am sure you know, we celebrated Sea Sunday in our churches, a special time when we remind everyone of the commitment given by all who work at sea. The theme often chosen by Ministers on that day is the story of Jonah which reminds us of the many storms facing seafarers not just at sea but also within their own lives. We are reminded of those storms when we hear of seafarers abandoned on vessels in foreign ports, attacked by pirates, being sick, injured or bereaved. It has been a difficult time for everyone over the past year and a half, and seafarers in particular have found not being able to get home to their families when devastating events occur so much harder to bear. They do so much for us, we are there for them. Your support makes our work possible.
We have enjoyed a pleasant summer, but it is always cold at sea so please do keep the knitting needles clicking for us again whenever you are able. You remain, as always, in our prayers.
Jennifer K. Gray
Knitting Coordinator, MTSS