Walvis Bay, Namibia:: The Vice President of Namibia officially opens Logos Hope as she visits the country.
It may be winter in the West African country of Namibia, but the honoured guest at Logos Hope’s official opening extended the warmest of welcomes to the ship and her crew.
The Vice President of the republic, Dr. Nickey Iyambo, said: “Namibia is a friend to all and an enemy to none. Hence, you too are welcome, not just as visitors, but we are declaring you Namibian friends.”
The three-week stop in Walvis Bay marks the first visit since sister ship, Doulos, called in the country in 2002. Logos Hope’s director, Seelan Govender (South Africa), told those attending the opening ceremony that crewmembers looked forward to sharing good news, through sharing their stories:
“Jesus makes the difference in the life of everyone on board so that they can make a difference to those they encounter.”
The community on board represents almost 60 nationalities, which the Vice President remarked was a genuine expression of international goodwill. Dr. Iyambo said it was “extraordinary that so many young people volunteer their life, soul and labour – choosing not to work for a salary, but to do unpaid work for the good of mankind.” He told the crew there were some situations of dire need in his country, and that they had come at the right time to help.
Dr. Iyambo was delighted with his gift of a Bible, and presented Logos Hope with a decorative egg to represent the hope of new life the ship carries within it. Commending the projects planned in children’s homes, elderly care centres and among those living with HIV, the Vice President said: “May your Christian-based philanthropy be an inspiration to churches and communities.”