Report for May/June 2019 – Port of Liverpool

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Heb 4:12

We know that John reminds us in his gospel that Jesus is the Word incarnate. But the Word has also been given to us verbally, and written down. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that it is an active living Word likened to a sword – in fact sharper than any sword! It has the incredible ability through the Holy Spirit to judge us with an all-seeing eye. Discerning thoughts and attitudes, penetrating our very soul and spirit. The following verse (vs 13) reminds us that nothing is hidden from God’s sight, and that everything is uncovered and laid bare before him. What a privilege then to place this living Word of God into the hands of seafarers as they come into the Port of Liverpool.

It was really good to be given nearly 200 Gideon NT’s and to begin to distribute them.   

The Triple A has been in several times and it was good to meet a number of the guys who gave me a good welcome. Many of them were really pleased to get a NT.

Jerryl (Third from Left)

Jerryl the deck cadet was a believer and quite enthusiastic in his faith. It was good to resource him with literature and books to encourage him in his Christian Life.



Another crew member on the Arklow View Eddie who was the cook shared with me the importance of the Word of God in his life. 


He again was really happy to receive a NT and Our Daily Bread as I looked to encourage him also.



Visiting the – Tomini Symphony with an Indian crew, I had a fine welcome and met a number of men. I left a number of resources for them, and had some conversation with an Oiler Gregory he was a Tamil and a R/C. He sometimes struggled to convey in English what he wanted to say. But was again pleased to received a Gideon NT. I also showed him the Gideon Bible App, and here he was able to access a NT in Tamil on his phone. Ideally, He would have liked a Tamil Bible, and asked if I had one?

I said that I would check this out and if I did, I would come back later.


 So, it was really good to be able to place a Tamil Bible in his hands the next day along with an Emmaus Bible course ‘The Christian Life’. I explained that this was important for him as it explained what it was to be a Christian and to live that life.


Somewhat differently, I was contacted by my good friend Ramon Sanchez. He and his family are coming to the end of a 3-year stint on the Africa Mercy, latest field service is in Guinea. He is the Hotel Engineer on board, and his wife Nina is in hospitality and their son Kim has just graduated from the ships Academy. Ramon put me in touch with a Christian nurse Eunice who was undergoing a course at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. As it turned out there were another three of her colleagues who were also doing the same course and all at some point had served on the ship as well. Con’t

Contacting Eunice, I invited her to our home group, and she in turn invited her three friends. Who were all very welcome.

Ann-Marie, Amber’Eunice, and Esther

 It was a lovely time of Christian Fellowship and we were able to find out a little about their lives and their work. Eunice is a Filipina but has been a resident in Canada

most of her life, the other three ladies are Americans.   Some will return to the ship later, and others will be seeking God’s will for their futures. Real privilege to me these ladies and to offer hospitality and fellowship.  

 Sometimes helping people opens opportunities, on the M.V. Lake  Ontario I met a Polish husband and wife team Vladimir and Margaret who were in the Galley. On-board they had a number of other ‘guests’ and were very busy catering for them as well as the crew. They asked if I would be

willing to exchange some money for them, as it would not be possible for them to leave the ship in the day. And any money exchange shop would be closed in the evening. I was happy to do this for them.

Margaret & Vladimir

 Later when I returned, I offered them a Polish Bible and Polish Our Daily Bread. They were very happy to take this from me which was very encouraging.


Report for March/April 2019 – Port of Liverpool


“Make the most of every opportunity, for the days are evil. Ephesians Ch 5:16  


We have been reading the latter part of Acts in our devotional time. Some believe these latter chapters are the least read and known of this great book. In It, Paul’s imprisonments and trials, give him the greatest platforms for missional proclamation and the advance of the gospel. Increasingly, Paul focuses his efforts on people of influence, even when he is a prisoner and in shackles. People like Sergius Paulus, Felix, Festus, King Agrippa and Julius the Centurion.

One writer calls them gatekeepers, people of influence who Paul uses to let him in with the good news. Paul will make his final appearance before Caesar, through his appeal. But the outcome of that is not recorded in Acts, and some wonder why Acts stops so abruptly? But the same writer says that the ending of Acts draws us in and compels us to follow in the footsteps of people like Peter and Paul, playing our part in God’s worldwide mission. The job isn’t finished so the story doesn’t finish: it’s our turn now! And so, on the ship’s sometimes we meet ‘gatekeepers’ as it were – people of influence that allow us into places we would not other wise be able to go. I am thinking of some of the Russian and Ukrainian seafarers who I have met over the last couple weeks. I have been impressed with the number who have requested the scriptures. Sometimes the initial contact with an A/B on watch can seem fruitless. But often a more senior officer will come and speak with you to see what you want.

On the LMZ Europa after the initial contact, the Chief Officer was very friendly and invited me for lunch, which for a Russian crew is quite rare, so I took him up on the offer. This gave me the opportunity to access the Mess, and meet more crew, the Cook was from Georgia, and was a Muslim. He refused my gift of a Russian Bible and devotional, for a very nice meal – but the mess man took it instead.

Visiting the Ionian Star where I was well received by the crew and found them very receptive to receiving the scriptures.


I had several conversations but was really pleased when the Russian C/O Anatoily asked if I had a Bible which he was really keen to have. I was also able to leave him a Russian Daily Bread as well which he was very pleased to get.

Visiting the NM Sakura – what seemed like an unproductive first contact on the Russian ship, I was invited inside – and had some conversation with a number of crew. They were mainly interested in sights and internet, but the literature left was picked up by a couple of crew – the young C/Officer Mykhaylo was very friendly and asked if I was R/C, Orthodox or JW?

Mykhaylo & Nicolai

I said neither. He picked up the Bible and asked if I had an English version, I remembered that I had a Gideon NT, and he was really pleased to get it. He told me about his young family back home, I then remembered about the Russian Children’s Bible’s that I had.

I asked if he would like one for his children back home, he said yes so long as I put his daughters name in it and signed it Mr Dave. I took two and he took one for his yet to be born 2nd child!  The Electrical officer (Nicolai) was called in by the Chief and I gave him an English Our Daily Bread I knew part of the reason he wanted this was to improve his English. It was still an opportunity I did not want to miss, as understanding my conversation was difficult for him.

I continue to encourage Christian seafarers when I get the opportunity to meet them. And also, to provide resources for them that will encourage them in their Christian Faith. Visiting the FJ Star (Fil) – and spent most of the morning with the ship until lunch time – had a really good welcome and met a number of crew. There were a number of new crew on board and I met the new Captain, who was quite friendly – a number of crew took the literature. I met Abe who was the 3rd Mate and also the mess man Paul – both profess to be Born Again, so I left them some further resources to encourage them in their Faith.

Abe with Book

On the Maestro Diamond I met Richard the Electrical Engineer who is a believer and we had some good talk I left him a number of resources to encourage him in his faith, sadly his ship would be leaving in the early hours of the morning.






Over the past couple of weeks, we have been visiting a seafarer in hospital here in Liverpool. We found out about him from two crew who came to Church one Sunday morning Chito and Michael.

Chito and Michael

Later we took them to Asda and then went and visited Jay in hospital. We have visited him several times since, his ship has long since sailed and we have been praying for him along with others.

Jay was poorly for a while and at one point was in ITU – eventually he was discharged and flew back to Manila. He was again admitted to hospital there as he started to have fits.


He was finally diagnosed with a viral encephalitis, for which he is now being treated. We passed on his details to SCFS in Manila, and they have followed him up, and we continue to pray for him.

Pastor Bayani (SCFS) Jay with his Brother 

We continue to thank God for all the opportunities that come our way, and   thank you all once again for your continued support – please continue to pray for us.



Report for Jan/Feb 2019 – Port of Liverpool

“ Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”

 Our church fellowship had begun the New Year looking at these verses – because we wanted to start our Year well. And as we read them it seemed like three simple commands to carry out. But the reality is that we would find them quite difficult to do in our daily lives. Nevertheless, we were exhorted to rejoice, pray and give thanks. But ultimately in all these things, we do it because this is God’s Will for us in Christ Jesus. Often, we think of young people who ask the question from time to time what is God’s will for me and my life? But perhaps also as we are getting older leaving a work we have always done, ‘retirement’ or just wondering what do I do next?– we may re-visit the question in our own life. These appeals to rejoice, pray and give thanks inspire us on in the remaining years of our lives. Knowing that part of God’s will for us is clearly spelt out for each one of us here, as we seek to serve God where we are.    

These verses were quite pertinent for me, to be able to give thanks in what has been a frustrating time. Since returning back from Israel I have been off sick, with a trapped nerve in my neck. This was extremely painful and debilitating, finally after physio though not 100% I was able to return to ship visiting at the beginning of January. And it was really good to get back visiting the ships and seafarers.

Visiting the Gannet Bulker I had a good welcome from the Russian and Ukrainian crew and especially productive conversation with one of the A/B’s Yuri. It took a while to talk through some of these issues  – he was keen to know about Liverpool and places of interest etc. Later on, as the conversation continued, he asked me about my work – this gave a great opportunity to share the Gospel and to offer him a Russian Bible.


 As he took it, he asked me whether it was a history book? In one aspect I could answer in the affirmative but would go on to explain that it was much more than that.  Having shared the gospel, I further  explained  a very brief synopsis  of the Bible. I then encouraged him to begin in the NT rather than begin with Genesis. Here he could read the truth of the gospel for himself. “I think reading this book could transform my life he said ”. That was certainly a prayer of mine as we continue to pray that God’s Word would speak into his life. Please join with us in this.

Over the years it has been a privilege to be supported in this work by a number of Christian Ministries who provide literature. One of these is Our Daily Bread (ODB), who have supplied quarterly devotionals for the seafarers. Over the last year they have targeted the work of Port Chaplains nationally. And from this have provided (free of Charge) yearly devotionals in English, Tagalog, Russian, Polish and Indonesian. These are a great resource, and I have recently taken delivery of over a thousand of these devotionals for distribution.

At the same time Our Daily Bread have also been visiting Chaplains and accompanying them on ship visits. Tim Farmer media specialist with ODB filmed/interviewed me and then came with me as we visited a Filipino ship the Handy Perth. We were able to meet the Captain C/Officer and several crew and distribute the devotionals and conduct a short film interview with them also. This will be integrated into a short film clip of work among seafarers in the UK.  Hopefully, it will be shown at the up and coming ODB Bible Conference in London and Liverpool.

I had a great conversation with the Indian C/Engineer Medisetty – on the MV Yoga he is a Hindu – but has Christian family and very good Christian friends. We spoke a about a verse in 1 Tim 6:16 where God dwells in unapproachable light and he mentioned Paul so I thought he was mixing up Acts 9. He got his NT which he reads a lot and we read from that how Jesus appeared to Saul and Jesus appearing in bright light had left him blind. In our conversation I spoke about Jesus and how that he can heal and forgive using Luke 5 as an example. I also spoke about Jesus and the uniqueness of his life how that he had lived, died and was raised to life and lives today. How that Jesus had made quite exclusive claims about himself, that he alone was the only way, the only truth concerning the living God   – He seemed to accept what I was saying and who Jesus was so I asked him if he had read all of this and found great truth in the NT why was he still a Hindu and not a Christian like his friends and some of his family?


He said that to him and his Hindu faith all religion is like an endless river that flows from the beginning into eternity and into the river through history come many ‘gods’ Vishnu, Brama, Shiva and countless others – Jesus is just one of the many – wonderful though he is. Then I realised, for all the spiritual truth I was seeking to explain that only by the working of Holy Spirit could his eyes be opened to the reality and uniqueness of Christ as the only Lord and Saviour. The only one who had power to save and deliver and give eternal life. Please pray that Medisetty would have his eyes opened.

Report for Nov-Dec 2018 – Port of Liverpool

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” 1 Peter Ch 5 6-7  

We had just returned from Israel having celebrated our 40th Wedding anniversary. It was a fantastic trip with many great moments – as we walked where Jesus walked. As well as many of the Kings of old and prophets, somehow places mentioned in the Bible came alive. We pictured Jesus on the Mount of Olives, walking in Galilee, Capernaum. The City of David, Hezekiah’s tunnel – Saul defeated on Gilboa – his body taken to Beth Shan.

It was a fairly full on trip and we are not getting any younger. Unfortunately, we came back unwell perhaps from the rigours of the trip, picking some illness within the group. Dot was poorly for about three weeks, I had an infection, and this was further compounded, when I trapped a nerve in my neck. The consequence of this is that I have been off since returning home – in some pain and discomfort.

I recognise that sometimes we are laid aside for a season and that despite our prayers and the prayers of others, we do not always get immediate respite. Yet God is good, and I have no doubt about that. And as the scripture reminds us. We have need to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand – casting all our care/anxiety on him because in his goodness he cares for us.

Prior to our trip I had some encouraging conversations and contacts. Visiting the Musketier and met a number of crew I had some conversation with the cook  Renato and also with Capt Rio a lovely Christian believer, who I have known for a couple of years.

Capt Rio

Captain Rio and myself spoke about many things, he told me of a forthcoming exam in Belfast which the company wish him to take. This requires some study and good memory as it is an oral exam, so he is quite stressed about it. It was good to pray with him and ask others to do so also. Subsequently, after some delays and postponements I heard that he had been successful in passing the exam which was a great relief to him.

On the Independent Voyager, I met Manny an Indian O/S on watch – he told me none of the crew were available as they were either asleep or working. So, I had some conversation with him, he was a Hindu from Chennai, but was educated in a Christian school, and had some friends who were Christians. I gave him the book Faith at Sea which he was happy to accept and read, just as we were starting this conversation the Captain radioed down  telling him to go to the Bridge so our talk ended.


Visited the Atlantic Laurel, I spent most of the morning with CaptainDexter, he had met Martin Otto in Hamburg and had a couple of his books. We spoke on many things and he said how that he had gotten a sense of peace when reading the scriptures. This gave me the opportunity to go over a number of scriptures and talk about the cost in following Jesus and becoming a disciple.


Capt Dexter

It was good to go back a couple of days later and meet up with Captain Dexter again. He really appreciated the visit, and was happy to take some Emmaus study material on the gospels and the Christian life.  He said that they would be a great help to him in understanding the Bible. Pray that they may be productive in his life.


Report for Sept- Oct 2018 – Port of Liverpool

“….I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now….” Phil 1: 4-5

Prayer and Partnership such important things in the life of this Mission. The first Monday of every Month (ex. Bank Holidays) we meet to pray concerning this Ministry. Perhaps you cannot attend because of the obvious reason that you are located elsewhere. But please remember us wherever you are. If you are local and free in the day, please come and join us between 2pm-3pm on that first Monday at home, we would love to see you.  Partnership vital  too – Paul rejoiced that the Philippian Church Partnered with him in the work of the gospel. I am grateful to God for likeminded Chaplains and ship visitors in other Ports. We are able to Communicate with one another and pass on contacts.

We look to encourage one another in the Ministry to seafarers and share stories and information. And so it was that I was contacted by a friend and colleague in Vancouver Paul Ratoff. Paul has a heart for the Maldivian seafarer, we only ever see a few of these guys. The Island where they live is very much a Muslim stronghold. There are very few believers to be found on the Island. But Paul had told me about the Edwine Oldendorff visiting Liverpool.  He asked could I look out for any Maldivian seafarers, it was not long before Ibrahim walked into the Mess and we got talking he was a very friendly guy. As it turned out, knew Paul quite well having met him back in 2007.


Ibrahim was happy for me to leave him gospel literature in his own language, it was good to let Paul know that I had contacted one of his old seafaring friends.



On a similar note I had some good conversation with Sedney – the Filipino on watch on the Aalsfjord – they were leaving within a couple of hours.


But I was able to pass on his details to my colleague in Dublin which was their next Port – here Jae was able to follow them up. So, it is just great to connect across the world in ministering to our seafaring friends. To encourage and help one another.


Followup in Dublin






I have often said that it is great when seafarers come to Church with us and we can spend some time with them afterwards. It was great to meet Mark on board the Nautical Lucia.  He contacted me to go to Church. And he brought his friend Edmar along too.

Mark and Edmar at Church

I know that both of these seafarers were encouraged and blessed in their faith from the time spent with us. Later, they wanted to go into the City as they only had a short time ashore. We took them to the waterfront here which is pretty good. We treated them to the great British delicacy Fish and Chips! – think they may have preferred Fish and Rice!!





I met Nonnoy earlier this year he had since been home and come back again on a new ship the Arklow Villa. He contacted me again to say he was coming into Liverpool, so it was good to visit him. And later he came home for some hospitality.

Nonnoy at Home

We continue to pray for both himself and his wife Carmen. We have left and shared the Word of God with him. They would love to have a child but so far this has not happened. We are praying that God may bless them in this way but that his will may be done.

Every Blessing Dave & Dot

Report for July – August 2018 – Port of Liverpool

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. Matthew Ch 19:29    

Earlier this month we celebrated 20 years of MCM ministering into the lives of seafarers – we thanked God for the legacy of Stan and Irene Sherrington who began MCM back in 1998 – but who had been ministering amongst seafarers for many years before. Someone has said “The Lord takes nothing from the Christian without making multiple restoration” we cannot out give God! – and that is what Jesus is talking about in this verse above.  We would have to say that has been our experience.

Supporters Celebrate with us

The majority who gathered with us earlier this month we did not know 15 years ago.  They have become our spiritual Family, our Church at Hope Community Church, dear brothers and sisters from other fellowships, friends – along with those who we have known that little bit longer.

Many of them have been unstinting in their support both prayerfully and practically – prayed for us faithfully over the years and continue to do so, for which we are so gratefulWe reflected on the many seafarers who have been blessed by this Ministry. Several we have seen come to Faith in Christ – Victor, Peter and Paz, Durga, Jayson. To some of these men and women of the sea we have become Mother and Father too – God parents as the Filipinos call us Ninong David & Ninang Dot.

To others we have opened our home and given hospitality, Dot excels here. Some we have visited in hospital when they have been sick or injured – and too many others showed acts of kindness. We have also passed on to seafarers the acts of kindness other have shown, distributing thousands and thousands of woolly hats and chest warmers, that have been knitted, – wrapped and distributed thousands of Christmas parcels all made possible by faithful supporters.

And sadly, we have shared in the sorrow of family for those who have lost their lives at sea, linking in with them to provide support in difficult days. Some I have dared to call friends, and brothers in Christ making me realise all the more how dangerous a vocation is seafaring. And what a blessing it is to us to minister into the lives of these men and some women that we meet on a day to day basis.

So, as we looked back there was so much to be Thankful for – but we also look ahead too. The work carries on and again we are grateful to God to those who still uphold us in prayer and practically support us as well.

Over the past couple of months, we have been encouraged with some of the contacts that we have made. With some we have been there at what seemed like just the right time.

As i pulled up to visit the Kathy C, Sani was just coming through the Berth entrance, I introduced myself. With an A4 map in his hand he was looking for a Western Union. He needed to send money to his daughter in Portugal, he had no idea where to go, and I knew it would take him at least 45 mins to get to the nearest shop. As he got in the car he said in broken English ‘Big God’ he had no doubt that God had sent me to help him.


As it turned out he did not have the correct ID and he needed a UK address which I was able to give. So, there was a minor inconvenience, but it would have been far worse if I had not been there. On the way back, he bowed his head closed his eyes and silently thanked God for this intervention. Back on the ship I was able to give him a number of Portuguese scriptures which he was really happy to receive. But the timing and encounter was quite remarkable.

On the Thun Goliath (Fil) I had some good conversations, some remembered me from Christmas with the gifts that were given. I met Neil who was on watch, who is a believer I left him with the book Faith at Sea, I also had some conversation with the Electrician, Kurt who told me he was Born Again. He was struggling with the habit of smoking; he told me his Father was not happy with his life style. I did not want to add to the sense of guilt that he felt but sought to encourage him. I also promised to pray for him – I gave him a copy of the book “Help how can I overcome Temptation”. The ship is in regularly, so I will get see them on a number of occasions.

On the Sadah Silver, I met the 4th Officer from Oman – he was very friendly, and we struck up a conversation. His English was excellent, he asked me were the night life and women where! He was a seafarer what did I expect, this took me back to the old days were men often asked this kind of question.

4th Officer from Oman

When I showed him a gospel and told him I was a Christian, he said he was a Muslim “Not a practising one I added”? “No” he said. “You need to read this I said” – but then he got distracted with buying a sim card. Something I said must have resonated though, as he came back about 20 mins later and said, “What was this stuff I need to read” So I gave him a gospel of John and several booklets. “Read this in your cabin – any question contact me” – and I gave him my card.

Pray that the word of God would be sowed in his life.

When I visited the Alpine, I had the privilege of meeting a number of crew who were believers. Captain Erick who is a believer offered me a fine welcome. He told me that he conducted weekly Bible Sharing when the crew gathered usually 7pm on a Sunday evening.

Captain Eric

I was invited to attend on Sunday evening, as their guest Speaker. I said that I would bring a number of biblical resources for the crew that attended. Several of the crew could not get along because of duties, but those who did attend were encouraged and challenged.   We had a mutual time of fellowship and encouragement were the crew was encouraged to ask questions. Both myself and Captain Erick answered these questions as best that we could.

Crew on the Alpine

It was a great evening and a blessing to many of the crew who gathered.


Continue to pray for us.

Report for May – June 2018 – Port of Liverpool


“…. She went away and did as Elijah had told her…”

1 Kings 17:15

This is the story of the Widow at Zarephath, usually something we are familiar with being taught at Sunday School. But it is the wonderful story of obedience to both what God commands and what Elijah asks. A woman in a desperate situation, outside the people of God is asked to give all that she has for the Man of God. And her reward for that obedience is supernatural provision of both oil and flour that will not run out. So, she is able to provide both for her son and for Elijah too which makes us realise this. The Lord does not ask more than he promises to give. As you read this report, you will read of a modern-day answer to prayer. Similar in fashion to this story of God’s provision in a difficult situation. And for ourselves in this Ministry amongst seafarers we find this to be a present truth in our own lives and experience. God’s provision is enough, neither too much nor too little. But sufficient to meet all our requirements.   

Ship Visitation 

Ministry amongst seafarers also encompasses family as well as the actual men and women themselves. Last Month I was contacted by the sister of Anthony Peligrino who went missing in 2015. I have mentioned it in several of my reports. Anthony’s sister wanted me to know that his remains had been identified through DNA. And his body was being returned back to the Philippines to the family, at last they would have some closure. I was asked if I would provide a short video testimonial for the family. I had been one of the last to have spoken with him, could I speak some words of comfort for the family. It was a small opportunity to bring some  encouragement and hope to the family as to Anthony’s final resting place.

On the Corewise Ol, the 3rd Mate Qiang invited me inside the ship, while his English was basic he understood me enough to receive a Bible from me and Chinese ODB. it was a simple opportunity to leave the Word of God with him.

On another vessel the Cook ‘Toots’ as he was known, he told several remarkable stories of how he survived being shot in the neck as well as other miscellaneous accidents whereby he should have died back in the Philippines. He had requested a Bible in Tagalog which I was able to get him, I also left him several Tagalog booklets.

We had some good conversation that it was not just about keeping the 10 Commandments, but that these were commandments for a redeemed community brought out of slavery. How we ought to live. The C/Officer was interesting he felt that he could not read the Bible without having a clean heart and head – which was ok so long that it was not an excuse not to read the Bible at all. I pointed out that we all fall short here, but it should not stop us reading God’s Word that God had worked with and used many messed up individuals.

On the Sbi Zumba (Fil)  I met Howard – When I said “Is life ok” he said “No not really I have just lost my Mother and It  looks like I cannot get home in time for the funeral” He was upset because the Agent had not arranged for him to go home even though the company knew of his circumstances in the previous Port. I was brought up short, unprepared for that answer, I offered my sincere condolences and we spoke, as I listened to his story.

I was due to meet later that day to pray for our Ministry, so I said that we would pray for God to make a way for him to go home in time. And so we prayed. Later that evening I contacted him again, he was still down about the situation as arrangements had at last been made but it was going to be a day too late – so I offered him the opportunity to come to my home the following day – he was grateful.

Then later that night he messaged me again saying : –

“Good news sir, we have just heard that my flight is 8am the next morning, I was crying in front of my C/ Mate at the news”. We praised God that he had indeed made a way for Howard to be able to go home in time for his Mother’s funeral.  I reminded him to tell his family what good things God had done for him.

When I did re-visit to the Bulk Trader (Fil/Indo) and got into some conversation with the Cook Roger (below) he had been reading the yearly daily bread that I had left for the crew. He was a R/C but clearly had a very personal faith in God, he told me how God had healed his child and also provided a miracle in the provision of food on board his ship.

When they had a 28 day voyage to Brazil they had only 17 whole Chickens and rice to feed all the crew, he prayed Lord how I am going to feed all this crew. His testimony was that when he cooked three Chickens on the day they were required somehow they were replaced when he got to Brazil he still had seven Chickens left! – I said it reminded me of the Prophet Elijah in 1Kings 17 – I had no reason to doub what had happened to him.

When I did a return visit to the Puppis Ocean (Fil) as I wanted to give some resources to the Boson Jun – which I was able to do. But I also had a very good conversation with the 3rd Mate Jay – he told me that it was his intention to have a child with his partner and then to get married. I spoke about this in a sensitive way asking might it not be God honouring to get married first? – he listened but I think came to the conclusion that it would be a choice both of them would make under consideration.

Further conversation gave me the opportunity to share the Gospel with him quite directly, like he had said before the choice was there before him.

Report for Mar – Apr 18′ – Port of Liverpool

“There is a time for every everything and a season for every activity under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

It has been an encouraging couple of Months with a number of contacts made. On one occasion I received a phone call from the local Seafarer Centre they had a young deck cadet who wanted to go to Church Lemuel Tabigan. I had been on Lemuel’s ship and was aware of him but had been unable to meet him at that point.

Lemuel at Church


So, it was good to meet him at last, he came to Church and he enjoyed the fellowship, but on that occasion, we had to get back straight after, as he had duty. In the weeks that followed I met him several times. It was good to encourage   this young believer with several resources.

Lemuel on Board



Lemuel came to Church on the next two Sundays, on the last occasion another crew member came with him Lynwell. Lynwell was interested in why the young cadet was coming to Church so wanted to join him. The Word of God was a challenge to him as he listened – afterwards they came back for some Lunch.  


Usually we only get couple of ships from Thailand in a year, so it was good to meet three Thai crew Ben, Gon and Guy. There was good opportunity to leave some Thai literature, and I also had some good conversation with the 3rd Mate Ben.

Gon Guy and Ben

Ben was a Buddhist but was prepared to listen to my explanation of the Christian message and take a Bible app where I told him he could read for himself the Gospel account.

On another vessel I visited I was able to take Winfred to the seafarer centre, but on our way, he asked me some interesting question about faith in the UK. Again, this enabled me to explain to him the importance of Faith in Christ and knowing him in our lives. He took a number of scripture resources from me.

On the Basic Princess I met Miguel (Migs) who is a believer, the ship was recently in Dublin and the SCFS Chaplain Jae had great time with the crew. So, I was hopeful to follow this up –


Meeting Migs was a great encouragement we had some time of fellowship and sharing and prayer, he told me the time that God had intervened in his life and saved him from a possible serious accident. It was a fascinating encounter that he explained.

I received a communication that my good friend Alex Fernando was coming in to Liverpool. I had not see Alex in many a year, so it was something to look forward too.

I was supposed to visit the Spar Indos at Lunch time, but this got cancelled –. When I Visited the ship in the evening I had a great time on board with many opportunities, Alex has a good reputation on board.

Alberto Shiva and Alex

And he brought many men to meet me, this afforded me the opportunity to pray with some and distribute literature and share the gospel with others. Later on, he came back home and we had a great time of catching up. At about the same time I also met another Believer Alberto on board a Tanker So, it was really good to encourage this brother too.


Alex expressed a wish to go to Church so I took him along with Alberto and another crew member Shiva to a prayer meeting. Here Alex was allowed to give a word of Testimony – this was a great blessing to all the church who had attended.

Alex giving his Testimony

Thank you all for your support and prayers during this time


Dave & Dot     

Report for Jan – Feb 18′ Port of Liverpool

“…. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining to towards what is ahead, I press on….” Phil 3: 13- 14

 2018 is a seminal year in the life of MCM as we celebrate 20 years as a Mission. This is our 15th year back in Liverpool working for the Mission, God has been faithful and good to us over these years and granted us many blessings.

Paul exhorts us here in this wonderful epistle both to forget and to press on. As one of my favourite authors Warren Wiersbe reminds us “In Bible terminology to forget does not mean to fail to remember. Ordinarily no mature person can fail to forget what happened in the past.” Although we all wish at times we could!

To forget in the Bible means no longer to be influenced by or affected by those memories.

In other words, it simply means that we break the power of the past by living for the future.” So, Paul exhorts us to press on and as the old hymn reminds us :

“…We praise him for all that is past and trust him for all that’s to come.”    

December was a busy month as we were distributing Christmas parcels and again the support from many Churches and individuals was outstanding. We were humbled and full of gratitude to the many who contributed in various ways to help us in this endeavour. In the end we were able to give out 633 parcels – and special thanks to Gideon’s who contributed 300 New Testaments.

Below is a couple of pictures of crew receiving gifts.



Alongside the busyness of parcel distribution sometimes comes the reality of a seafarer’s life. The dangerous nature of carrying out regular duties that lead to an untimely death.

And such a sad thing happened to a good friend and brother in Christ Jeyson.

Jeyson was a young 3rd Mate just 23. I thank God for the time I spent with him encouraging him as a young Christian here in Liverpool. When I last saw him, he told me of his Baptism when he had gone back home on vacation. Sadly, he lost his life in Quebec Canada in the St Lawrence river in September, his body not re-patriated till the end of November.

‘Absent from the body, present with the Lord’ – see you one day my friend!

Jeyson (First left) last time I saw him

What a great responsibility is placed on us as we visit these many men and women. Always opportunities to speak and pray -in all sorts of circumstances. As I boarded one ship the Cook Nonoy was speaking with his wife who worked in Saudi – while he was away at sea. His heart was heavy they desperately wanted a child but time/age was against them. He asked me to say hello to his wife and we spoke briefly over the phone. She too expressed sadness at not having a child, and would I pray I said that I would do so, and I shared examples from the scriptures of couples and individuals who faced similar heartache. I prayed that God’s will would be done in their lives, perhaps God will be merciful and grant them the desire of their hearts.


Also encouraging to find those believers on board who are faithfully serving God in their work and witness. It is a good thing to resource them and pray with them one such man was Tarco the 2nd Mate – he is faithfully witnessing to the 3rd Mate on board.

It was really good to get a message from my good friend C/Eng. Dino Magayon. His ship was sailing into Liverpool, it has been nearly ten years since I last saw him although we have spoken from time to time.

Dino and Max at home.

This man has such a Godly reputation in the company that he is allowed to preach/teach freely on each ship he is appointed too. On board this vessel he has his own Pulpit and Hymnbooks – when I was on board we had a time of singing in the mess. It was great to welcome Dino and another crew mate Max back to our home in the evening. We had a good time of catching up and encouraging one another. I was able to provide Dino with a number of resources for his Bible fellowship group.   

Thanks for all your support and prayers.

Report for Nov/Dec 17′ – Port of Liverpool

“Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son…” Luke Ch 1: 13    


I remember many years ago that I was challenged at the time that we were about to enter another New Year, perhaps we needed a fresh encounter with God. And of course, this got me thinking about this older couple in Luke Ch 1. Over the Christmas period we do tend to read and reflect on these stories, in fact as we probably read them so many times we can become quite complacent, over familiar even. We can sometimes lose the sense of wonder and awe at the re-telling of these events. But as we come to them afresh once again, even though Christmas is less than a month away, perhaps we can be challenged afresh by their experience in the temple and what followed for Elizabeth and Zechariah. Their lives would never be quite the same again, as I guess any encounter with the living God may bring about. We pray that with our meetings with the Men of the Sea that many will encounter  the Living God

 Visiting the ships

We are always grateful for those who take the time and effort to knit woolly hats and Chest warmers.

Crew from the Scarabe

They are always appreciated by the crew who receive them especially this time of year when to many it is very cold here in the UK.

 I had some good conversation with the 2nd Engineer on one vessel who was a Hindu. He was well read in literature and told me he had read the Bible so I was able to use that to some use. Again, like many Hindu’s his view was that there is much correlation between the faiths – I queried whether some of the Hindu faith/ gods visions etc were based in history? He seemed to think so – he loved the OT and OT stories. So, I was able to build up a historic time line of how God called out a people and redeemed and rescued them – linking that in with the NT with Jesus dying for us to rescue us too. He mentioned re-incarnation and some people who had such experiences of this – I explained that the Bible spoke about judgement after death and therefore to me re-incarnation was not possible. I left him with a book ‘Faith at Sea’ – he said that he would read it, I pray that the seed of God’s word would be sown in his life.      

 Visiting the Spar Aries – the ship has been in some time so I was unsure of the welcome. As it was the 3rd Mate was a little indifferent to my visit as they knew all about the Seafarers Mission and had been there on many occasions. So, it looked like I was not going to get very far – I decided to leave some literature, but he just wandered off.

Sanjay on Board

I was tempted to just walk off the ship but hung around – several other crew came out on deck and one began to talk to me Sanjay Rao an A/B. He asked was there a Church at the Seafarers Centre. I asked him what kind of Church he was looking for? ‘A Protestant one’ he said. 

 In our conversation it was clear that he was a Christian and Born again – he told me his Testimony how that his wife was instrumental in him coming to Christ. He also told me he was in pain with his shoulder and neck and so we prayed for that. I also said that I would get some cream and heat patches for him also. I returned in the evening with the medication and we had a time of sharing and reading and praying.

Sanjay at home with Friends

I had  two good conversations on the Hanson Trader VI with the Cook and also an OS – Ryan – one conversation linked in a particular denomination being the true Church and consequently what a true Christian is or is not. The other around a fear of going to Hell – this enabled some challenging questions and a great opportunity to share the Gospel and have a relationship with Christ. 

OS Ryan Arga

 I left some good reading material with these men – and will pray that God will do what I cannot – grow the Word of God in their lives and for them to have a real faith in Christ.   

We have been very busy getting ready to distribute the Christmas parcels on board the ships that visit us. Once again, a big thank you for every individual and Church that has contributed to this venture your support has been fantastic. On Saturday the 25th November folk from Hope Community Church and others gathered to do the Christmas wrap. It was a great morning of fellowship and friendship as we got together.

Wrapping the parcels

 At the moment we have between 500-600 gifts to hand out, we will start that on the 1st December – God Willing.