Monday, June 25, 2018, was the International Day of the Seafarer. The Mission to Seafarers and Senior Port Chaplain the Reverend Peter Smyth marked the day with a free BBQ at the Flying Angel Club, 401 West Waterfront Road. The party was in recognition of all the work that seafarers from around the world do daily and was also supported and sponsored by The Ministry of Seafarers and Apostleship to the Sea (Stella Maris).
A BBQ featuring, traditional hot dogs, chicken dogs, veggie dogs, beef burgers and veggie burgers were skillfully grilled by Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers, Pastor Gary Roosma of the Christian Reformed Church assisted by his spouse Jennifer.
The party took place from 4-8pm and any seafarer who was in need of a ride to the Flying Angel Club were encouraged to call, and MtS summer intern Megan (from Abbotsford) was at the ready to jump in the van and pick up the visitors who primarily come from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Korea and China. Megan is under the supervision of Pastor Gary with generous support from NAMMA (North American Maritime Ministry Association) and the International Seafarers Trust.
Another visitor at the event was the Reverend Dr. Tellison Glover, Director for Mission and Ministry Development at the Diocese of New Westminster who had chosen a great day for his first visit to the MtS Vancouver location.
This was also an opportunity to check out the renovations to the building. There is a lot going on including new wood floors, repairs to the walls and fresh paint.