Sailors’ Society 200 Years Celebrations – Churches in Durban

The Sailors’ Society 200 Year Celebrations also took place at some churches. One of Sailors’ Society chaplains, Jessie John presented a very interesting and well received talk at the Lambert Road Baptist Church in Durban. She also organised a “200” cake which all enjoyed, especially the kiddies. Jessie also visited seafarers on board vessels in the Port of Durban. She handed out publications, stickers and information about the celebration at the Mission. Their vessels may have left port prior to…

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A Day in the Life of a Chaplain by Jesse John

I’m awake at 5.30 am and after a cup of tea, have my daily devotion. By 8.15 I’m dressed in uniform and drive to the Durban Container Terminal car park where I meet my fellow chaplain, Rev Paul Richardson. With his trolley which contains literature, some relating to the shipping industry and others Evangelical, and my rucksack which has the ‘wives’ presents and the children’s presents –we commit to God our day in prayer. After a visit to the car…

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Steve van Schalkwyk receives Certificate of Appreciation

At a dinner held in Cape Town recently, Steve van Schalkwyk, Sailors’ Society SA Executive Officer/Port Chaplain in Cape Town was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Rev Karl Groepe of the Mission to Seafarers for his 8 years of service to the Mission and of course also to seafarers. Service to seafarers comprises mission work done by the various missions and societies who combine to work for the seafarer. As the wording states, Steve has brought unsafe conditions…

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