Seafarers’ charity unveils new look as it adapts to new normal
Global seafarers’ charity Stella Maris (formerly known as Apostleship of the Sea) has launched a new logo, marking the start of its Centenary Year and commemorating World Maritime Day today.
Together in Spirit: NAMMA members praying online
Whenever NAMMA members are gathered, we make a point of not only talking together for the sharing of ideas and resources, but also worshiping together for the sharing of our devotion. That we were not able to gather and
Seafarers’ Ministry and COVID-19 Worldwide Survey Report
by Kevin Walker, NAMMA In July and early August of this year, the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) surveyed its members about how COVID-19 had affected seafarers’ welfare in their areas, what kinds of services they were offering them, what approach
Port Alberni seafarers’ ministry: a personal touch in a global industry
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA Port Alberni may seem small to the shipping industry, but to those who make their living at sea, passing through a quiet fiord to a less congested and relatively calm setting, is a fine location. It’s personal.
A 50-Year Commitment: Ministry to Seafarers Vancouver
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA Sometimes things just get in our blood. For conservation activist, Sigurd Olson, it is the wilderness. For television personality, Jay Leno, it is cars. For some it is other-centered living. Ministry to Seafarers chaplain, the Rev. Gary Roosma understands this well. Roosma has
Joint statement from UN agencies on crew change crisis
On September 10, eight United Nations Agencies joined together to issue a joint statement about the "humanitarian crisis" in maritime shipping. The joint statement calls on "all Governments to immediately recognize seafarers as key workers, and to take swift
Helplines available for seafarers’ well-being
The COVID-19 mental health challenge The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased concern for the mental well-being of seafarers. Problems include lack of shore leave and inability to change crews. Many voices in the maritime industry and seafarers’ welfare have
Two Seafarers’ Centers Damaged by Hurricane Laura
By Susan Huppert, NAMMA Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 hurricane, left significant damage at the Stella Maris Seafarer’s Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, after it made landfall on the Texas-Louisiana border last Thursday. “Half of our roof was lost,” said Deacon Patrick Lapoint, director of