Floods in El Salvador: Many have been gravely affected by the storms and floods that took place in El Salvador last year. Pray for local organisations and churches who are working to provide help to those who suffered losses in the disasters. Salvadorians have also been suffering from hunger during the Covid-19 lockdown. Pray that organisations and local believers will be able to bring vital resources and comfort to those who are suffering. Pray for the unstable political situation and for those who have lost their jobs due to the country’s economic struggles caused by the quarantine. May God be glorified, even in the midst of the most difficult struggles.
Pray for returning Christians in France: France may not be considered an unreached country, given its history. Originally Catholic, the number of French citizens calling themselves ‘Christian’ is in constant decline, although still a ‘nominal majority’. Only about 2% of French people identify as Evangelical Christians and although most of them know of Jesus and the Bible, very few would actually know the message of the good news and salvation in Christ; even less would have ever opened the Bible. Islam is increasing very fast and atheism is considered France’s ‘second religion’. Pray that Christians would return to the true message of the Bible and pray for born-again believers to become active in planting churches and reflecting their Lord and Saviour.
Pray for believers on Christmas Island: Christmas Island is an Australian external territory in the Indian Ocean. Most of its 2,000 inhabitants are Buddhists, and just over 2% are Evangelical Christians. Half of the island is considered to be unreached by the Good News of Jesus. There are very few Christians spreading the name of Jesus Christ and encouraging local believers. Pray that God will call believers to serve Him on Christmas Island and make His name known there.
Breakthrough in Lebanon: Lebanon is a beautiful, diverse and complicated country with a very rich history. Often referred to in the Bible and known as the ‘Christian country of the Middle East,’ it has developed a greater number of adherents to Islam. Most people living in Lebanon will have heard the name of Jesus Christ and have access to the Bible, although changing faiths could prove to be highly problematic. Almost a third of Lebanese people would still identify as being Christian, but less than 1% are Evangelical Christians. Pray that local Christians will find a renewed passion for Christ and that more Lebanese people will seek His face.
Seizing every opportunity: Logos Hope’s technical crew knows maintenance is a ministry. One the one hand, they are on board using their skills to keep the ship functioning. On the other, they’re also alert to the unique opportunities this work provides them to share the Gospel.
The Logos Hope team had built a good rapport with local contractors in Buenos Aires. On their final day, on the ship’s outer deck, an ‘asado’ barbecue was grilled up for around 20 of the Argentinian welders and fitters who helped with steel repairs to the vessel. As they tucked into various meats cooked in the traditional way – a feast crewmembers have particularly enjoyed as part of their exposure to Argentine culture – the ship’s plumber, Carlos Alarcon (Argentina), shared a message from the Bible.
“I spoke about Jesus telling us that He is the vine and we are the branches,” says Carlos, who also comes from near to the capital city. “I explained that we operate in His strength and He is the only source of true life and growth – apart from Him we can do nothing.”
The local workmen were presented with gifts from Logos Hope, including a Bible and keychain each. One welder told the team he had recently been able to buy a car, which he considered a great blessing from God. He said he would hang his car key on the new keychain, as a daily reminder of God’s ship, that he had worked on.
“They really liked our ship,” says Harald Smit (Netherlands), OM Ships’ technical manager. “These people work on different vessels in port all the time, but they told us this was different: our crew was friendly and welcoming; nobody barked orders at them in a pressured way, as can happen on commercial vessels.”
The days they spent repairing Logos Hope gave the workmen an insight into the ship’s mission. They noticed thousands of people queuing to visit and were appreciated by the crew since their input was enabling the vessel to continue as a tool for God.
“It’s all part of what we do; reaching out to whomever we encounter,” says Harald. “Sometimes volunteers in our marine operations roles may not think they have as many opportunities to connect with the public visiting Logos Hope, but here we saw again that the Lord brings people on board who need to hear about Him and we minister right where we are, in whatever we are doing.”