Today, most of the world’s seafaring community is made up of Filipinos. Next come Koreans, Chinese (from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China), then Indonesians, Indians, Pakistanis, and Burmese. Naturally, many of these crews come from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto and Marxist backgrounds amongst others.
Our primary goal is to share the Good News with the seamen that we meet and while a clear, biblical stance is a high priority for SCFS, the social aspect of our missionary work is also indispensable. And the best place to begin is with friendship. This is why our Chaplains take time to talk with the individuals they meet on board the ships they visit. It is why many Chaplains invite seafarers to their church services. When possible, some may take seafarers shopping or sightseeing and give them good reading material, warm clothes and other essentials that make life bearable.
In other words, we try to befriend those we meet.