If you look at a ship in the harbour through the window of a jail, it would probably look like this photo. Everything you look at would be obstructed by the bars. The coronavirus pandemic changes the view we have of the seafarers that we serve. I am sure when they look at us from the ship, the view looks the same.
The CSO always had free access to the ships as did the seafarers to the country that they visited but that has changed. An invisible virus changed our environment into a jail. This is our new reality. How would we view our ministry today? While Paul was incarcerated he wrote to the congregation in Philippi the following: "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
It is a powerful message for us and the seafarers in these trying times. We know it is only temporary and that God is still in control. He will bring the good work to completion! Praise the Lord.
Please pray for the work of the CSO. Your continued support is of utmost importance. Pray for the men and women at sea. They keep on working to supply us with goods and medicines. Pray that God will protect and keep them just as we pray for ourselves. Amen