Couple volunteer on ship of hope

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NEW JOURNEY: The Sanderson family will join the international crew aboard the Logos Hope ship soon. The family of Stuart, wife Rochelle, Andrew, 3, and Matthew, 16 months, will see the world while taking part in the ministries on board
NEW JOURNEY: The Sanderson family will join the international crew aboard the Logos Hope ship soon. The family of Stuart, wife Rochelle, Andrew, 3, and Matthew, 16 months, will see the world while taking part in the ministries on board

AN EAST London couple ship off with the Logos Hope vessel in two weeks’ time to volunteer their time for the next two years.
Stuart and wife, Rochelle Sanderson, said they were quite excited about their new journey but it was also sad to leave family and friends behind.
The world’s largest floating book fair hit the East London coastline for 10 days in May and it brought knowledge, help and hope to the community. Rochelle said she never imagined how this visit would impact their lives. “Our journey really started two weeks before the ship’s arrival in East London when, after a challenging season of construction projects, I committed myself in prayer to God and asked Him to pave the way for the next season fully expecting it to be another engineering project.
“It was while volunteering on the ship as a tour guide that the ship management learned that I had a technical qualification and asked me to consider applying for the position of accommodation maintenance engineer. The primary duty of this position is to manage a team of artisans and technicians engaged in carpentry, plumbing, welding and the HVAC system, all necessary to keep the ship ministry operational,” Stuart said.
The couple who have two young boys, Andrew , 3, and Matthew, 16 months, said the decision to join the ship ministry was not taken lightly but God has been faithful to them every step of the way.
“I had a deep sense of anxiety in providing for our family post-ship commitment, so when God spoke to me through Isaiah 1:19 in my daily reading, I knew it was my sending verse,” Stuart said.
While Stuart is busy with his work on the ship, Rochelle will look after Matthew until he is 18- -months-old, before joining older brother, Andrew, in the on-board creche.
“This will give me time to be involved in many ministries on the ship,” Rochelle said.
The couple will be involved in pastoral responsibilities over a small group of young adults. The ship also functions as a platform to train visitors and crew for effective life and service in ministry. In each port, the international crew partner with local churches to bring hope and encouragement to people whatever their circumstances, culture or background. Teams from the ship also go to surrounding areas to supply aid and community care in the form of medical aid, HIV/Aids Education and construction projects.
The Sanderson family leave South Africa on November 17 to join the ship in Las Palmas, Canary Islands where the vessel will visit one more, before sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and the Caribbean.
“We are excited to see how God opens the doors for the ship ministry to provide help and hope to the people affected in this region,” Rochelle said
All persons serving aboard, from the captain to the cleaners are all volunteers and are responsible not just to work hard but also to raise spiritual and financial support to cover their travel costs to the ship and monthly living expenses while serving aboard for a period of 24 months.
“God’s miraculous provision through support raising has been a ‘faith-training-ground’ of immeasurable proportion for us and the memory of His faithfulness in provision will help us to keep pushing on when the hard times hit,” Stuart said. For more information on Operation Mobilisation Ships International or should you wish to partner with the Sanderson family in prayer, finance or newsletter you can contact Rochelle on 083-380-4856.

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