|AoS Volunteer with Ship's Captain|
Ever since the ships were arrested, Apostleship of the Sea port chaplains and locally-based volunteer ship welfare visitors have visited the men on board to try and give them some normality in their life on board. The most important gift is the ship visitors themselves because the seafarers have been lonely and depressed. AoS has given phone cards, internet access, food, books in Russian and many other gifts. Volunteers have also taken some of the men to local attractions such as the Shoreham Airshow, local museums and also take them to Mass. AoS has raised awareness of the seafarers’ plight by giving interviews to local newspapers, national newspapers as well as local and national TV. The local port authorities have been very supportive, providing emergency water supplies to the ships. Local catholic Church groups have become involved and local residents have given help as well. It’s worth reflecting that even in the UK in 2013 seafarers who are a long way from home and are stranded through no fault of their own are so dependent on charity. Our prayer is that the men will receive their unpaid wages and can go home soon. But no-one can guarantee that.
To find out more or get involved, visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk or contact Reverend Roger Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07963 345618.