Captain’s Notes

But My God Shall Supply All Your Need….

But My God Shall Supply All Your Need….

Philippians 4:19 is a truth that we tend to take for granted, but when you see it happen right in front of your eyes, all you can say is “Praise the LORD”. As we started work on Mercy’s Vessel last year, our plans were to have the capacity to supply water for the 20 personnel who would be serving on board her. Then hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria happened, and I realized we needed to make a lot more water…

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The End is in Sight and We Need Fuel….

The End is in Sight and We Need Fuel….

The end of the shipyard period is in sight (thank you Lord). I think we will finish the modifications on Mercy’s Vessel in June 2018 after 2 years at Yank Marine in Tuckahoe, NJ. We have about 8 weeks of work remaining, and right now it looks like we will start again towards the end of April once the campgrounds open in New Jersey, so that puts the completion sometime in June. Mercy’s Vessel uses about 35 gallons of fuel…

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Will You Help?

Will You Help?

A simple glass of clean water…something we normally take for granted in our daily lives, until the normal is turned upside down. A natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake can destroy an entire region’s water supply. Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought utter devastation to areas in Florida and Puerto Rico and many other islands in the Caribbean. Tens of thousands of folks were left without the ability to get a simple glass of water. This caused me to…

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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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