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Maritime and Port Chaplains have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world as we visit ships and bring the Gospel to those we meet.  In every meeting, we touch the lives of those who we meet.  Your support is warmly encouraged.

Recently, the following was sent along by one of the Chaplains we work with and support in waterfront ministry:

Jeff- Thanks for the box of medals….One tells another. The other comes and brings another. Then another. It is so with the Good News. There is something happening. Something going on. Something that says, you have to see this. You have to hear it. Come taste and see. Go there and check it out. What did they say in Spanish? Look at this cross? They prayed for me? You have to get one of these? Thanks be to God? I have to get one for my wife, daughter? What did they say? We have no idea. But we did know is they kept coming. They came coming while they were rushing out to go back on duty and inhaling their dinner.

Bless these hands, this ship, your family....yes, pick one out. They are from Jerusalem. Olivewood. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. In a moment all stood still and turned to God. In the rush of the night with bunkers, stores, provisions...all stood still.

I remembered my tears, that brought me to Honduras as I sat with the Bosun from Honduras. He came and sat with us for a few minutes while he ate....And then Tom asked the one he had prayed with and given a cross for him and his daughter, "How old is your daughter?" In a few minutes, he ran back in with a picture of a beautiful young girl...proud, happy.  I pulled him aside and thought it was a perfect moment. He was rushing to get back out on deck. I took out my small metal box filled with medals that Jeff gave me and opened it with him. His eyes were wide open. He looked at the box and then me. Yes, I said pick one for your daughter. Oh my God he said in Spanish, "Mumma Mary. Mumma Mary, yes this one...."

Yes, this one. This Mary. This Jesus. This Spirit. This God! Strangers wander into the mess and God turns it into a feast. We are filled and they are to. A brief encounter around a Table...on the Cap Victor...

Thank you for the medals......

Nash.

 This was received from the Rev. Dr. Nash Garabedian, Jr., Chaplain Coordinator, Seafarer's Friend after a visit to a ship.  There is one last piece of the story.  The medals he spoke of were a number of religious medals of saints and the Blessed Mother.  They had belonged to Fr. Lester York, our first ACA Maritime and Port Chaplain and were part of the many items the Diocese received from his family after his passing.  He always carried them, ready to hand them out as needed.  While other hands may carry these precious gifts, his spirit still walks the decks with us. 

Blessed be God, AMEN.

Rev. Jeffrey W. Monroe, OSBN
Vicar, Maritime and Port Chaplain
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY ANGLICAN CHURCH
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
H: 11 Katahdin Road
Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107
Home: (207)799-5141
mirage@maine.rr.com

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Rev. Jeffrey W. Monroe, OSBN
Vicar, Maritime and Port Chaplain
H: 11 Katahdin Road
Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107
Home: (207)799-5141
mirage@maine.rr.com

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