Seafarers are used to working a tough job in difficult conditions, but the last few months have been exceptionally difficult. Seafarers are anxious. They’re worried about their families, their finances, and what the future brings.
Cruise ship workers, trapped on their moored vessels, are confined to their rooms; bored, frustrated and missing home. Cargo ship crew, who usually visit our centre in port, are no longer allowed off the vessel.
This is why the friendship that Stella Maris chaplains bring, is more important than ever. The support you provide to seafarers is not just a small kindness to brighten their day. Seafarers need a friend in port.
If you’ve relied on someone during lockdown for shopping or friendship, you’ll know how much it means. During these strange times, Stella Maris has been a lifeline for seafarers.
But the future is going to be hard. There’s zero support for families if a seafarer isn’t working. Cruise ship workers have no idea when they’ll be operating again. Most seafarers I meet these days worry continuously. That’s why our presence is so important – and why your support is so urgently needed.
It costs around £6 to share the love and kindness of Christ with one seafarer. So a regular donation of £12 can support two seafarers every month, in ports right around Great Britain.
Please, will you support seafarers month after month?