Sea Sunday, July 12th, 2020
Updated: Jul 12
Dear Friends and Supporters,
The Seattle Seafarers’ Center (SSC)—an ecumenical partnership of the Mission to Seafarers and the Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris)—continues to serve merchant sailors at the Ports of Seattle, Everett and Tacoma. Each day we provide communications tools and a warm welcome to these valued mariners who are struggling with isolation and uncertainty. Since April 20th we have provided 731 SIM cards to enable them to call home. We have also provided 778 ditty bags—filled with personal care products—thus respecting mariners through recognition of their daily needs. The SIM cards prove very useful when the ship in Seattle is subsequently making passage down the West Coast of the United States. SSC applauds the International Transport Workers’ Federation for its generous grant to provide these essentials.
The United Nations estimates that there are more than 1.6 million seafarers employed directly in maritime commerce on 50,000 ships. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the UN’s International Maritime Organization, noting some seafarers have been on extended contract at sea for 15 months, has declared seafarer concerns “a humanitarian crisis.” The counter side of this situation is that those on board are getting paid and have housing and food which sadly is not always the case. Many who are released from their ships are stranded at a port far from home and have minimal or no financial support. Fortunately, no one has been abandoned in the Port of Seattle. So the ship visiting mission of SSC remains important. SSC visitors transform the
routine lives of the mariners through ditty bags, SIM cards, and good cheer while staying alert for perilous situations requiring intervention.
On July 12, 2020 we will celebrate SEA SUNDAY—a day designated to share our prayers and hopes for those at sea and for their families. The Mission to Seafarers—International has produced a wonderful and inspiring virtual service for those who support the work of seafarer welfare organizations. Please join us as we celebrate the women and men who transport over 90% of the goods we use every day. On that Sunday the service will be offered at this link:
See you in church!
The Seattle Seafarers’ Center
“Protect me, oh Lord, for my ship is so small, yes my ship is so small and Your sea so wide.”