PORT NELSON CHAPLAIN.
FRANZ BEING SHOWN THE ROPES BY JAMES NELSON ON BOARD THE CHENAN
Give us a heart filled with love for you and for those we meet today. May we be ready to listen to others as you listen to us. May we be happy to laugh with those who laugh, and weep with those who hurt. May we share what we have with those who have less.
Seafarers seek our assistance because all too often they have nowhere else to turn. When a seafarer is shipwrecked and has lost everything, or attacked by pirates the Mission is there. Due to the language barrier we can sometimes only offer loving kindness and comfort with a cup of tea, some clothes, food and accommodation, but always a safe refuge and that vital phone call home. If they are injured and alone in a foreign hospital our staff visit him, offer support and liaise with their family. If they are stranded without pay, with no food, money or ticket home, the MtS helps with embassy, legal and immigration issues.
Seafarers may not be paid by their company after many months at sea. The Mission helps negotiate with employers and arrange legal or union advice.
Ships are often on a short turnaround in port with barely any time ashore. Our volunteers welcome them to our centre where they can socialise, play pool, board games, read books or watch TV.
We have PC computers, laptop connections and telephones for seafarers to contact their families and enjoy a break from their ship.
The Mission to Seafarers in Port Nelson provides services through its Chaplain and volunteers
who are supported by their committee members.
The Mission to Seafarers are often able to offer practical support with employment issues or personal needs, as well as emotional and spiritual support through communications facilities, transport to services and counselling.