The need for bibles in different languages brought us to the Tacoma Seafarers Center. Pastor Paul Peterson, the director, opened our eyes to the Chinese ships that dock at the Port of Olympia to load up lumber. The ministry to serve Chinese seamen was launched in Dec. 2014. Pastor Zhou and another brother applied for TWIC cards that allowed them to enter the port and take seamen who have US visas on shopping trips. When invited by the captain, OCCC members go on board to have a meal with the crew followed by a time of singing and testimony. Each time we go on board bibles and Christian literature are distributed. Some seamen have visited our church and some have prayed to accept Jesus. The Chinese ship ministry has expanded to the Port of Longview. Brothers and sisters from the Longview Chinese Church serve the needs of the crew and OCCC sends a team to help them conduct meetings.
On one occasion we got on a ship and introduced ourselves as from the Chinese Christian Church, the crew unanimously responded that their captain also believed in “this”. About ten years ago when captain was still a sailor, some Chinese church members led him to accept Jesus when the ship docked at Vancouver BC.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” I Corinthians 3:6 （NIV)
Let us press on to serve and share the Gospel with the wanderers that come to our port on ships.