Sea Sunday, on July 11, will shine a light on the important role seafarers play in the distribution of food and medical supplies to countries around the world, especially places where these are most needed during the time of the pandemic.
However, according to Stella Maris Australia (formerly Apostleship of the Sea), the pandemic has put additional strain on the physical and mental wellbeing of those who work on ships around the world.
Aside from the usual hardships of working at sea, they have had to face the prospect of staying aboard ships beyond their initial contracts, as flights between traditional crew change hubs have been reduced.
Crew members also face the possibility of being infected by the virus in the countries they dock.
“Although some countries have offered to vaccinate seafarers, many more nations still do not recognise the seafarers as key workers, thus they have not prioritised them to receive the vaccine,” Stella Maris Australia said in a statement.
“As the hands and feet of Jesus in the ports, our chaplains, managers and volunteers are there to support seafarers in varied ways, despite the difficulties. They are there to assure our seafarers that help is still available.
“We encourage you to pray for them. We also welcome donations to support seafarers and for our centres to continue their services.”
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