During the Coronavirus pandemic, many crews have faced additional challenges. They worry about the health and safety of their family at home and want to be sure to let loved ones know they are well. Tampa Port Ministries has helped crew during this difficult time.
Chaplain Steve Finnesy explains, “Our priorities with the cargo ships are to make sure they have Wi-Fi so they can communicate with their families and checking on crew welfare.”
Although some services like shopping trips and gathering at the center are discouraged at this time, the center continues to help crew receive and mail packages to/from home and have found opportunities to encourage, support and provide spiritual counsel to them.
Under normal circumstances, the center provides crews with internet and telephone access and provides creature comforts including games, access to books and newspapers, TV and movies, sports activities, and a Chapel. The center also has its own convenience store and coordinates shopping trips, but some of the most important services provided are counseling and emotional support. Many ship crews are away from family and friends for long periods of time and need assistance.
To learn more about Tampa Port Ministries Seafarers Center, visit their website.