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A Maritime Ministry Since 1880 http://neseafarers.org We Have This Hope as an Anchor for the Soul... Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:38:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 The Gift of Time http://neseafarers.org/2017/11/28/the-gift-of-time/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:22:34 +0000 http://neseafarers.org/?p=423 Last Saturday morning I drove to a ship that was in port, my van loaded with Christmas Ditty Bags, made by the Women’s Seafarers Friend Society Legacy. As I approached the security Gate, I saw one lone seafarer walking out. (over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at spotting seafarers from a distance!) I asked if he was from the ship and did he need a ride to wherever he was headed. “Yes, I’m the Captain” he kindly said “I’m sure you have more priorities. I’m just heading to some stores to buy a winter jacket. I hear your winters here are quite severe” I invited him into my van nonetheless and told him I’d give him a lift after I drop off these Christmas Gifts. I told him that by helping him get off the ship, away from his duties I was helping both him and his crew. “A rested Captain is a happy Captain!” I said. He agreed and we had a wonderful conversation during our ride to the shopping areas, talking about our families, the recent Thanksgiving holiday here, his country of Russia and such. When I dropped him off he thanked me saying “I feel much better knowing my crew is cared for, and getting to know you a little more. Are you a volunteer with the Seafarers Center?” I explained who I was – the “boss” – and he said “So one captain gave another captain a ride and spent time together. That is Good” I agreed saying ” ‘oichin harosho’ (Russian for very good). When he got out of my van he stuck his head back in and said “Our ship returns in 35 days. Can we continue our conversation then?” I told him I’d meet him at the dock, looking forward to his return.

When we find those peaceful moments, we love to cherish them, hoping that they last longer but knowing our schedule will soon interrupt. My message this season has been about the gift of Time. We don’t give it to ourselves as much as we should. We were created to work, create and tend our gardens but also to rest. It is in those moments of rest that we hear more clearly, think more deeply and learn to trust more fully. May your season of Advent and Christmas be full of the gift of Time. God Bless You. – Rev. Stephen Cushing, Senior Chaplain

Get Involved! http://neseafarers.org/2015/07/02/get-involved/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:15:48 +0000 http://neseafarers.org/?p=30 There are any number of ways for you and/or your church/group to get involved. We believe each person has TIME, TALENT and TREASURE to donate;

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.

Christian Mission Service Award – 2017 http://neseafarers.org/2015/07/02/we-love-seafarers/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:14:10 +0000 http://neseafarers.org/?p=27

Nesm by the Numbers http://neseafarers.org/2015/07/02/bringing-christ-to-the-waterfront/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:10:38 +0000 http://neseafarers.org/?p=23 Click Here to Support the Waterfront Ministry of New England Seafarers Mission

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.

New England Seafarers Mission

Years operating as a ministry 138

Seafarers served:


Boston – 4,880 (201 ship visits)

Providence – 9,730 (459 ship visits)

Cruise Lines: Boston –41,658 (154 ship visits)

 Countries Met (TOTAL)

164 countries

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

312 volunteers

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