M2S: LIFEBOAT Prayer Guide
The Ministry to Seafarers of the CRC
October Theme: Gratitude & Thanksgiving
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name."
-Psalm 100:4, NIV
In October we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. According to The Canadian Encyclopedia, "the first Thanksgiving by Europeans in North America was held by Sir Martin Frobisher and his crew in the Eastern Arctic in 1578. They ate a meal of salt beef, biscuits and mushy peas to celebrate and give thanks for their safe arrival in what is now Nunavut. They celebrated Communion and formally expressed their thanks through the ship’s Chaplain, Robert Wolfall, who, according to explorer Richard Collinson, 'made unto them a godly sermon, exhorting them especially to be thankefull to God for theyr strange and miraculous deliverance in those so dangerous places [sic].'”
It's not surprising that seafarers were part of the first Thanksgiving! Please keep praying for them.
First, take a moment to thank God for what happened in September:
There was a strong message of advocacy for seafarers regarding crew changes by government officials and business leaders shared at a high-level side event of the UN General Assembly.
Some crew changes have begun to happen although nobody is sure what the second pandemic wave will bring for seafarers.
Mariners' House has made the decision to take over the operations of seafarer welfare services in Sorel, QC. M2S will be involved in training new volunteers!
Michelle's husband found a new job.
Patty has been inundated with volunteer applications "out of the blue!" All have been from local Montrealers!
We found someone to sublet the volunteer apartment from November 1st.
We have organized a local fundraising event for Saturday, October 3rd: Seaway Bike Tour Fundraiser. Though we had to convert it into a virtual event with everyone participating from their own location, we've been delighted by the strong response.
We'd had a monthly donor join our team! We're working on finding 3 more before the end of the year.