Toamasina, Madagascar :: Logos Hope arrives in Madagascar and holds official opening on Christmas Eve.
Logos Hope has arrived in Madagascar during a very special time of the year. At the official opening on Thursday morning, the Captain, Director and leaders of Logos Hope expressed their joy at being in Madagascar during the Christmas season and their anticipation to get to know the country and its people.
“It’s not about the movie,” joked Captain Ed Verbeek (Netherlands) during his speech. “It’s about knowing the real Madagascar and its people, and we look forward to serve and learn from one another.” In Logos Hope’s first ever visit to Madagascar, many on board and onshore ministry opportunities have been lined up to connect with locals and serve the community. Guest-of-honour, Monsieur RAMANANA Barthelemy Samuel, Representative of the Chief of Region Atsinanana, extended his warm welcome to every crewmember of the ship. “I am so happy to God that we can meet together on this big ship and I wish you all the best in your visit to our country,” said Monsieur RAMANANA who ended his speech by saying ‘thank you’ in multiple languages, to the delight of the audiences.
Director of Logos Hope, Seelan Govender (South Africa) pointed out that for the first time in the history of the ship, Madagascar is the furthest south she has ever sailed. He asserted that the ship and her crewmembers will strive to be intentional about the purpose of the visit - to make a difference in people’s lives. “My desire is that as you meet the crew and staff of Logos Hope, your lives will be impacted,” expressed Seelan. “In a way that you will not only be fans standing on the side-lines and watching things go by, but true followers of God.”