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Helping strangers in a foreign land 

There is nothing more important for the Secretary General than to visit ports and see the work at the front line. Sometimes you become a witness yourself to some of the dramas experienced by our teams - chaplains, staff and volunteers. This has happened to me on a number of occasions. Ben Bailey, our Project Manager, had that experience this week while taking forward our Global Review work in Great Yarmouth
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A 21 year old from the Belgian navy called Jason was brought into the port with abdominal pain. He spoke no English. Peter Paine, together with Ben, was able to respond immediately. Overnight accommodation, clothing, money and help with repatriation were all provided. As Ben said: “It reminded me of just how important the Mission can be to strangers in a foreign land"

Such a story is representative of so much of what we are doing in ports around the world.  In London and Singapore many exciting things are going on in our development work. Stories like these, and there are many of them, remind us of the importance of what we are doing and connect the wider public with some of the realities of life at sea – and we live by such stories!   

As ever our profound thanks goes to everybody, on the front line and in support roles, for your invaluable part in serving seafarers

Photo: Jason (left) and Peter Paine, Port and Industrial Chaplain Great Yarmouth

as published in the Mission to Seafarers Flying International News and used with permission