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Calling all Knitters!


      Somewhere in the world it’s winter and cold, especially on the high seas. The Mission to Seafarers supplies warm hats, scarves and gloves to as many seafarers as they can and as a result need knitters. I have patterns for woollen hats, mufflers, balaclavas and fingerless mittens on two needles. The patterns vary from really easy to more challenging. If you can knit and would be willing to make one (or more!!) of these items we would be delighted to hear from you. We hope to bring what is made to the Sea Sunday Service in July 2015 to be blessed before sending them on their way. For further details, help with wool or needles please see me, or download patterns by clicking on the website link below.

 http://www.missiontoseafarers.org/support-us/other-ways-to-help/knit-for-us


   Many Thanks,

   Judith Gibbens  0121 550 4027


    UP-DATE ON SEA SUNDAY.


Thank you again to all those involved in Sea Sunday. As a result of your very generous response we have been able to send £250 to the Mission to Seafarers. This was raised from the Cake Sale, Pudding donations and envelope donations.


          This is the story of one seafarer and how the Mission was able to help.

I often sit and stare into empty space. I imagine my wife, healthy, chatty and happy, as she was before her life was devastated by cancer of the lower spine. All I have now are the memories, the happy ones everyone takes for granted.

My name is Raja and I am a seafarer. My wife, Wen Ying and I met in 2006; we were both seafarers working on the Star Pisces ship. Seafaring life was good. We instantly fell in love and got married in April 2012. We dreamt of a life shared, of starting up a family and settling down.

In July 2012 Wen was diagnosed in her home port of Hong Kong.   It was a gloomy afternoon when I  got the phone call; it was Wen. “I have been diagnosed with cancer of the lower spine”. I had many questions- “Can it be treated?” “Why Wen?”  It felt like my world had been ripped apart. It broke me; I just wanted to be with her. Life felt unbearable.

At the time I got the news I was working in India. The Mission to Seafarers stepped in immediately to help. Revd Miller from The Mission to Seafarers visited my wife every day; he prayed for her and comforted her. These acts lifted Wen’s spirit. Revd Miller gave her a reason to fight on. After an agonising two month wait, I managed to get a visa with the support of the Mission. The Mission to Seafarers became the friend we desperately needed.

When I arrived in Hong Kong, I was full of mixed emotions; excited at the thought of seeing my wife but terrified by the uncertainty of what lay ahead. I arrived in Hong Kong on the 28th September 2012. Revd Miller picked me up from the airport and drove me straight to the hospital to see Wen. This was a trip we made every day over the next year. I will never forget the look on her face when I first walked into her room.

Later that year we were told that the cancer could no longer be controlled by either radiotherapy or chemotherapy. She sobbed; she didn’t want to die. I had no words for my brave wife.

We said we’d fight but she was slipping away. Revd Miller baptised us at her bedside in the hospital just before she passed on. On the 20th October 2013 I kissed her goodbye. She was only 23 years old.

I can’t begin to imagine what my life would have been like without The Mission to Seafarers. The Mission gave me shelter and food during my one year stay in Hong Kong. Revd Miller treated my wife and I like his own family. His support gave us hope and strengthened me through the darkest moments of my life.

Raja’s story is just one of thousands of stories of kindness and care the Mission has shown seafarers in their times of need. When seafarers can’t come to the Mission, the Mission goes to them.

Your generosity helps the Mission to support 1.5 million seafarers and their families  during their hours of need, wherever they are in the world, whatever time of day when no-one else is there to help. They provide a lifeline in maritime emergencies  ranging from giving food, shelter and counselling during emergencies to being there for seafarers like Raja and his wife. So on behalf of the Mission and the seafarers they work with a very sincere thank you. Please continue to remember them in your prayers.


           Judith Gibbens

                                                                                                                                                


 Your generosity helps the Mission to support 1.5 million seafarers and their families during their hours of need, wherever they are in the world, whatever time of day-when no-one else is there to help. They provide a lifeline in maritime emergencies ranging from giving food, shelter and counselling during emergencies to being there for seafarers like Raja and his wife. So on behalf of the Mission and the seafarers they work with a very sincere thank you. Please continue to remember them in your prayers.


Judith Gibbens


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