Captain’s Notes

When will the boat be ready?

When will the boat be ready?

That is a question I am asked just about everywhere I go. I wish I had a firm answer, but I don’t The dream of purchasing a ship was born several years ago, and then 4 years ago a suitable vessel was found and a deal made. It took a year to raise the money to complete the purchase in March 2015. I became captain in August of 2015. We found a shipyard that fall, but were not ready to…

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Back Home

Back Home

Folks, we just returned home after a 3 month stint working on Mercy’s Vessel.  An amazing amount of work was accomplished this year.  Since we started work in late March, the shipyard has performed about $170,000 worth of work, and volunteers have done about $400,000.  What we have undertaken is a task that is far larger than anyone realized when we started a couple of years ago, but we are oh so close to finishing. We started in March with…

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We are so blessed….

We are so blessed….

God has been so gracious and good to us.  He has supplied the men, material, and means for us to be on track to finish in October.  Paul Pecou has been with us continously since early June, Frank Olafson has been here almost as much, and Mike Woznak has come for almost 4 weeks of work.  Those three men have undertaken the plumbing, electrical, and construction work that has brought us along. Three other gentlemen who head their own companies…

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We are moving along….

We are moving along….

We just returned from a trip to Texas where we attended the East Texas Baptist Campmeeting.  Although it was a long trip, it proved to be restful as there were not a lot of day time activities.  We had just finished a 3 week stint of working on the boat for 8-10 hours per day, 6 days a week, and the rest was really needed.  We had two great presentations, one in Mississippi and the other in Louisiana….hopefully both churches…

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The Building Process Has Started….

The Building Process Has Started….

We arrived home this morning about 1:15 am after a very productive 8 days working on Mercy’s Vessel.  A gentleman from our church when we lived in Wake Forest, NC went with us.  Frank Olafson recently retired from working for the city of Raleigh and is devoting a lot of time to helping missionaries with work projects.  He is very experienced in construction, and wanted to see what he could do for us on the boat. We went up on…

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What A Wonderful Start….

What A Wonderful Start….

I just returned home last night from a 3 week stint working on MERCY’S VESSEL.  It was a jam packed schedule.  Jay Edwards (a gentleman from my church) was with me the entire time.  Two days after we arrived at Yanks Marine in Tuckahoe, NJ, we left the boat early in order to attend the 2017 Mission Partner’s Dinner,  the major fund raiser the GPAMM conducts in the spring of the year.  This year’s event was the largest ever. The…

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What a month…To God be the glory

What a month…To God be the glory

Since my last post, we have been in missions conferences at two local churches, and both took us on for support.   Praise Him. This past week we went to the BEAMS National Conference at Faith Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi.  We stayed in the prophet’s chamber at Lighthouse Baptist Church (Pastor Jerry Reed) in Pascagoula.  Pastor Reed allowed us to present Sunday evening, and they took us on for support immediately. While in the area, we checked out the…

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Now I know……

Now I know……

Last summer, I was given the opportunity to make a financial request to a very wealthy family. This family could easily have supplied all the money necessary to make Mercy’s Vessel ready for service, and the ship would have been sailing much sooner.  Although the family liked what we were doing, they declined to help us.  Of course I was disappointed.  A couple of months later I talked to a pastor friend of mine, Tom Sexton, and he told me…

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Thinking outside the box…..

Thinking outside the box…..

Sardis Lake is very creative in the ways they are raising money for the paint project. It is being done gallon by gallon where possible….dollar by dollar given by widows and children. One of the more unusual ways is from a car accident. One of the members was involved in a wreck in early December. He decided he would buy another car instead of repairing the wrecked vehicle. Another church member, Tony Smith, is expert at auto body repair. They…

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