Captain’s Notes

Back to Work

Back to Work

Folks, we have been up in New Jersey working on Mercy’s Vessel for 2 weeks. The transition to living in the camper has taken some getting used to, but it has been easier this year than last. The campground we are staying at allowed Paul Pecou to bring his trailer, and he and Frank Olafson have slept there. Mary is back to playing “mom” to those two rascals….I don’t know where we would be without them. God sure blessed us…

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We are so blessed….

We are so blessed….

The Ladies’ Fellowship at our home church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, have a huge heart for Mercy’s Vessel. They have put a fuel donation box in the foyer of the church so that folks can put in loose change…and it adds up week by week. A couple of months ago they decided they wanted to do something really special for the boat, and they came up with the idea of a “shower for the ship” with the intention of giving…

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Almost time to go back to work….

Almost time to go back to work….

Mary and I have enjoyed a bit of a break this winter but we are anxious to get back to work on Mercy’s Vessel. The end is in sight, but still there is a tremendous amount of work to finish before she will be ready to sail. But God has been faithful and because of that we have every confidence as we make our final plans for working on the boat. Here are some of the things that God has…

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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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