Would you like to be involved in our 2018 Cruise Ship Mission Ministry? Spend a short day with us and you’ll meet seafarers from dozens of countries and have a dirct impact on their lives. We’ll even get you home in time for supper!
How about becoming a regular volunteer ship visitor? Year round our chaplains and visitors climb onboard the ships that call into Boston and Providence ports and bring much needed friendship and assistance to the crew members.
Want something a little closer to Home? How about knitting, sewing or assembling our Christmas Ditty Bag items. Each year our chaplains bring 1500 DItty bags onboard the ships and with it, a little of the Christmas message.
Of course, we ALWAYS need your;
NESM has been in operation since 1885, and now reaches 25,000 people per year from 159 countries. Our core belief is that as a Christian Organization, we are called to open our doors of hospitality to ALL women and men who reach our doors.]]>
Sometimes it is helpful to hear some numbers if only to relay the scope of what it accomplished by your giving. Below are some figures to highlight the length and breadth of what we do in the ports of New England.
Years operating as a ministry 138
Boston – 4,880 (201 ship visits)
Providence – 9,730 (459 ship visits)
Cruise Lines: Boston –41,658 (154 ship visits)
Countries Met (TOTAL)
1700+ languages/dialects (English is the universal maritime language, but seafarers can come from any number of regions. India, Philippines and Indonesia rank highest in dialects and rank in top 10 countries with maritime expatriate labor force.)
Physical Ministry Sites – 2
Ports served – 2
Chaplains/Ship Visitors – 7 (2 paid, 5 volunteer)
14 Marine Terminals under our watch.
Churches/volunteers materially involved in ministry sites
48 churches/organizations from 11 states
103 Ministry Days serving
15 staff volunteers
2 full time, 2 part-time professional staff
Churches/volunteers off-site ministry partnership
Christmas Gift Bags (Ditty Bags)
1,500 Ditty Bags
300 Gift Packages
30 churches contributing
67 volunteers on packing day
119 volunteers producing ditty bags, hats and sewing kits