When we get involved in missions work, whether by praying for missions, giving to missions, or doing missions, we tend to think of the people we are directly helping. For Texas Port Ministry, that means we think of the seafarers, truck drivers, and port workers we minister to in the Freeport Harbor Community. But every once in a while we hear about how something we have done or some item we have given goes on to help in places we never imagined.
A few years ago we heard that a seafarer had taken a JESUS Film DVD home to his family. His high school aged son enjoyed the movie so much he decided to take it to school to show his teacher. The principal of the school in the Philippines watched the movie and was so moved by it that he decided to show it to the entire student body. When that ship visitor gave out that JESUS Film DVD that day, or when people gave financially to help purchase that DVD, I'm sure they never imagined the journey it would take or the impact it would make.
Last year we had a visit from the crew of the MAERSK WESTPORT. They came to Texas Port Ministry around the same time that we received a large donation of clothing. They asked if they could have the clothes and we gladly gave them several large bags of clothes to take with them. We assumed that they would divide the clothing among themselves and maybe even take some home to their families. We never imagined what would really happen!
The chief cook, Arnold, emailed us earlier this week to share the story of these clothes. Here is what he said:
Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ, My name is Arnold S. Poblete, last year I was the chief cook of Maersk Westport under the command of Capt.
Salvador Acol. we are all Filipinos an board. last December the Officers and Crew of M/V Maersk Westport under the Command of Capt. Salvador Acol extend our hands to some of those homeless in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. The stuff that you gave to us, those clothing's and some personal items that you shared to us we shared it to those whose really in need of help.
I'm attaching some of the pictures taken during the said "OPERATION EXTENDING HANDS"
My best regards to all
Chief Cook: Poblete, Arnold S.