Caring for Seafarers Around the World

 

Julie Toomey, Chaplain of Mission to Seafarers (MTS), recently shared with the congregation an insight into this valuable mission supported by Christ Church Cathedral.

Just about everything we use; our cars, furniture and clothing - comes into Australia by ship. Likewise, the wealth of the country depends on the exports of ores and food. But who is the human face behind all this? Our community depends on the seafarers that leave home and family to go to sea and face danger, perils and loneliness for months on end. Life on the ocean is not just lonely but can also be dangerous due to piracy, weather and illness. There is also very little financial gain. But who looks after the seafarers who look after us?

MTS provides a place for seafarers to come and feel safe, welcome and relaxed. Their needs include contacting family, leaving the port and renewing supplies. They are provided spiritual support, counselling, transport, clothing, books, magazines and games to take on board to stave off boredom and loneliness. MTS aims to care for seafarers around the world.

Volunteers can assist in a myriad of ways, and Julie can be contacted at missiontsdarwin@gmail.com. Financial donations are always gratefully received to support this valuable work. Information about volunteers and financial donations here.

 

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