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Evangelism at Its Best

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Conversational Evangelism.  Lifestyle Evangelism.  Relational Evangelism.  Each of these conveys the idea that we integrate evangelism into our daily lives and regular conversations.  It's the idea that we can take any relationship and any conversation and use that as a way of sharing our faith in Christ.  These approaches to evangelism are put into practice every day at Texas Port Ministry as we minister to seafarers, truck drivers, and port workers in the Freeport Harbor Community.

The ANTARES J delivers bananas to Freeport every Monday or Tuesday.  Each week our ship visitor, Mike Potts, boards the ship.  Because of his regular visits he has built relationships with several men.  One of the first people he meets upon visiting this ship and most others is the chief cook.  Mike learned last month that the cook would be ending his contract with the ship and would return home to Honduras.  The cook is hoping to start his own restaurant so he can stay home with his family and young children.  Mike gave him a Jesus Film DVD and prayed with him before he left a few weeks ago.  Then, Mike had the privilege of beginning a new relationship with the new cook, Vladamir.  This week, Mike met Ivan, a young Filipino seafarer on his second contract (remember they serve for 10-12 months at a time).  Ivan is very homesick so he and Mike prayed together for peace and joy and that God would replace his sadness.  Mike is planning to take a hymnal to Ivan next week when he visits the ship.  

Over the summer we met Benji, Dana, and their son Zak, truck drivers from the Amarillo area.  They drove a route that would send them back and forth from Freeport to Houston, sometimes several times each day.  Because of his age Zak wasn't able to go inside the port facilities so he and Dana would often wait at the Texas Port Ministry center while Benji would pick up the load.  Bobby and Michelle were able to build a relationship with this family and through that relationship, we were able to share the love of Jesus with them.  Through the course of many spiritual conversations, we were able to encourage Dana and Benji to take another step with God.  Dana took devotional and Bible study materials with her and the family began participating in regular Bible study together.  

Because of regular volunteers, we're able to build relationships with the people we minister to in the Freeport Harbor Community.  Because our volunteers participate in conversational evangelism, lifestyle evangelism, and relational evangelism many people are hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Will you consider partnering with us in Shipping the Good News around the World by being a volunteer or by giving financially to help provide resources for our volunteers?

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Past, Present, Future

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Tuesday morning we met with our Board of Directors and discussed plans for future ministry and where we feel God is leading Texas Port Ministry in the next few years.  Later that day we pulled out some files to look back at where we had been in the past.  It was interesting to see how much has changed, but also, how much has stayed the same. 

Texas Port Ministry was established in 1974 as a primarily center-based ministry to International seafarers that docked in Freeport.  Lots of things have changed since then, including staff, locations, volunteers, and even our name!  We've expanded ministry to others in the Freeport Harbor Community including truck drivers and port workers.  We've created a list of core values and are working toward fulfilling a vision of ministry to EVERY ship, EVERY truck, and EVERY area of the Harbor with partnerships from EVERY evangelistic church in the area.  But through all the changes one thing remains the same - we are committed to sharing the love of Jesus with everyone we meet.

As we reflect on the past and look to the future it reminds us to trust God for our need.  God is active and working in the Freeport Harbor Community and we get the privilege of working with Him!  God has been faithful over the years to provide the resources we need at Texas Port Ministry.  We're trusting in His faithfulness to continue to provide for us as we look for further opportunities for ministry.

You can join God in His work in Freeport by partnering with Texas Port Ministry as a monthly contributor or by becoming a regular volunteer.  Monthly contributions to our General Operating Fund, no matter how big or small, help to ensure we have the resources we need to offer ongoing ministry.  Volunteers do the actual ministry work by providing hospitality at the center, transporting seafarers from the ship to shopping venues, and visiting onboard ships and to truck drivers.  Maybe God wants to provide for us through you!

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Christians at Sea

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"Texas Port Ministry exists to provide spiritual, physical and social care to the Freeport Harbor Community."  You've probably heard us say this multiple times.  It's who we are and what we do.  We reiterate it in our core values when we say "Spiritual care is the first priority."  We desire, first and foremost, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the men and women we encounter through our ministry to seafarers, truck drivers and port workers in the Freeport Harbor Community.  

Because of this, we sometimes give the impression that we never meet any Christians.  That's simply not true!  Whether on board a ship, in the cab of a truck, or in a warehouse at the port, we meet fellow Christians almost every day.  Many of these men and women are faithful and dedicated followers of Christ, they simply work in jobs that often prevent them from attending church regularly.  It is our great privilege to encourage and pray for and with these brothers and sisters in Christ.

Most seafarers sign contracts to be at sea for 10 months at a time.  Many of the truck drivers we've met only go home for a few days every other month.  This makes it very difficult for them to stay in close contact with other believers.  So, when they meet us they're always excited to be around other Christians.  Because of donations from churches, we have Bible study material that we can give to help encourage them in their walk with the Lord.

Hebrews 10:25 tells us, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  Christian seafarers and truck drivers don't need to be reminded of the sweet Christian fellowship that is available to us at our local church.  They know all too well how easy it is to get discouraged, how much temptation is out there, and how difficult it can be to maintain a growing and healthy relationship with God completely on your own.  Christians need other Christians.  Texas Port Ministry needs Christians who are willing to share the love of Christ with people in the Freeport Harbor Community.

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