The Mission to Seafarers, with its two Flying Angel Clubs, has seen approximately one million sailors since 1897. In spite of all the changes to the seafaring world, the one constant has been the seafarers. They arrive at our shores as "the strangers in our midst:".
The seafaring life has always been one of sacrifice. Whether it be the separation from family or friends, the loneliness, the boredom, the constant noise or exhaustion, the seafarers give up much to service our global community's need for trade.
With over 15,000 sailors visiting our two facilities each year, stories and experiences abound. With laughter or a times tears, the seafarer endeavours to cope with life. The Mission walks beside them offering a host of services to make their brief stay that much more tolerable.
Please consider being part of the Mission's "Hospitality for the Stranger" team by offering a gift of financial support. Your donation will help provide gifts for the seafarers as well as enabling the Mission to maintain its level of services. Please join us in making the seafarers feel at home this Christmas as the Mission journeys into its 112th year in Vancouver, offering its unique statement of love, fellowship and compassion.
Image: The St Mary's, Kerrisdale (SMK), Cycling for Seafarers team. Cycling for Seafarers is one of the most successful fundraisers for the Mission, last year creating $41,000 in revenue. The SMK team of Susan Ohannesian, Gwen Ingham, Robyn Ingham and Glen Mitchell contributed $3,860 to that total.