V. P Boakai Welcomes MV Logos Hope's Visit

Thursday, 18th March 2010
Monrovia,  Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has described as "timely" the MV Logos Hope's planned visit to Liberia in August to render humanitarian services to needy Liberians.

Vice President Boakai gave the assurance Wednesday when a member of the MV Logos Hope, Lenhert Plaatjies called on him at his Capitol Building office to officially inform the Liberian government about the ship's planned visit.

He said the MV Logos Hope is coming to Liberia at a time when the need for quality education and affordable Medicare in the post-war country is critical and all-encompassing. "We just welcome you and thank you for choosing Liberia as one of your destinations," VP Boakai said.

The Vice President said while Government welcomes the MV Logos Hope to Liberia, the Management of OM Ships International should contact the relevant ministries and agencies of government to ensure proper coordination and implementation.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, Mr. Plaatjies disclosed that the ship will be in Liberia from August 6 - 27 and that while in the country, the MV Logos Hope will provide dental services and Medicare to needy Liberians free of charge.

Mr. Plaatjies further disclosed that the ship will distribute literature books to several schools, especially in rural Liberia, as well as carry out street painting in Monrovia to create awareness among Liberians about the MV Logos Hope.

"We have a wide variety of educational books including history books and a big selection of children's books that will be distributed to various institutions mainly in rural Liberia. On the ship we will also conduct different leadership training programs," Mr. Plaatjies told the Vice President.

He said the MV Logos Hope has a crew and staff of 400 volunteers with their families and has 40 children who are in school on the ship.

Mr. Plaatjies told the Vice President that the MV Logos is the largest vessel ever operated by OM Ships International. "It is the home and workplace for an international crew and staff from all over the world.
Every one is a volunteer and has a relationship with God who gives a sense of purpose and meaning to life," he added.

The MV Logos Hope is operated by OM Ships International Ministry, which was established in 1970 as part of a global Christian training and outreach movement.

The OM Ships International also operates the Doulos, which along with Logos Hope, has visited 450 different ports in 150 countries, welcomed
35 million visitors on board, donated hundreds of tonnes of books, distributed over 50 million portions of God's word, trained over 10,000 people on board for life and service.

OM Ships International has also partnered with 50,000 churches worldwide and helped bring tens of thousands of people to faith in God.