Article audio (courtesy of Don Sheetz) by Susan Huppert, NAMMA Small is still significant On the northwestern edge of Lake Ontario is one of the ten seafarers' centres in Canadian ports affiliated to the Anglican global ministry of The Mission to Seafarers.
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA Recognizing seafarers as essential workers and understanding their role in the global market is yielding support for their vaccination needs in various Canadian ports. The Chamber of Shipping, the voice of the marine industry on Canada’s West
By Susan Huppert, NAMMA Seafarers’ missions across North American have taken new roads in serving the needs of seafarers since the beginning of the pandemic over one year ago. A recent discovery by Mission Manager Helen Glenn has been the critical
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA A collection of port chaplains and seafarers' ministry partners from across Canada met for a round table discussion via Zoom on Feb. 8 to assess the ongoing outreach to international seafarers. Facilitated by Executive Director Dr. Jason
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA For seafarers' welfare missions to do their job well, they need to be in close contact with seafarers. To respond to needs, then need first to listen to them. Awareness of needs is essential as we
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.
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
We all seek people we can trust. When seafarers come to a port city after days or weeks at sea, they appreciate the same. Care of seafarers is nearly as old as the profession. The Apostleship of the Sea, or Stella
By Maia VanderMeer, Banner It’s Friday afternoon, July 24, and Michelle DePooter-Francis is on her way to Walmart to pick up items requested by seafarers restricted to their ships. DePooter-Francis is lead chaplain of the Ministry to Seafarers, a mission in the
by Susan Huppert, NAMMA The Lighthouse Harbour Ministries in the port of Vancouver, British Columbia sees itself as the evangelical outcome of God’s work among committed communities with an eternal purpose. This mission understands its mandate: to love and honor God