At the end of April myself, Boston Port Chaplains Rob Bacon, Lance Williams, Operations Manager Crissy Jache along with guest photographer Peter Cross (www.crossphoto.net), ventured on board the Q Jake, a Greek flag vessel transporting salt from Mexico at Eastern Minerals in Chelsea, MA.
Our purpose was simple: to continue to fulfill our mission of extending the ministry of the churches to meet the unmet spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of the New England Maritime Community. Our hope was to possibly capture some professional photographs of those we serve in an effort to give you, our supporters, a glimpse of those who have made seafaring their livelihood.
I'd like to share "A Seafarer Parable" from my friend and colleague, Ken Hawkins, Executive Director of The Mission to Seafarers in Seattle, WA. I have modified this ever so slightly......
Matthew 25: 33-40
Why do we do this work: The theme of this conversation centers on Scripture and living the work. Jesus constructed a parable just for us:
34: "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, 'Come, you blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
35: 'For I was hungry and tired of the ship's food provided at $4 day, and you fed me; I was thirsty, and you brought me a soda and sat with me while I showed you pictures of my wife and children; I was a stranger, from one of 92 countries and a score of Faiths or no Faith at all, and you welcomed me like a brother;
36: I was Naked, and you gave me warm clothing, a stocking cap and a ditty bag and when I asked how much I owed you said, "Go in Peace and travel safely my friend"; I was sick and lonely and my spirit was broken and you visited me and shared a quiet prayer;
I was unable to leave the ship and therefore a prisoner and you came as my friend and sat with me and brought WIFI and phone cards so I could contact my family
37: "Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when were you in such difficulty...when did we do these things for You?"
40: "And the King shall answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, to the extent you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me."
A special thank you to Capt. Orcullo and Chief Officer Navarra and the crew.