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Global Maritime Ministries exists to provide holistic Christian ministry by meeting the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of seafarers and maritime workers.
We minister to international seafarers and port-related personnel. Many of the ships visiting our port are container ships which often stay in port for only a few (12-24) hours. Because they are in port for such a short time, the crew does not have the opportunity to make phone calls, send and receive mail, or take care of any personal needs. By locating our facilities near the port, seafarers are able to walk to the center throughout the day. We also provide transportation to and from the terminal as needed. Our resources are available to them whenever they have free time.
Our center on Tchoupitoulas Street is literally across the street from the port. It has given us the opportunity to reach port-related personnel more effectively. Our goal is to have Bible studies and prayer times during lunch or coffee breaks. The center also gives them a place to come for counseling, encouragement, and Christian fellowship. Our desire is to reach these people with the Gospel and then encourage them to become active in the surrounding churches.
There has been a phenomenal growth in the cruise ship industry in New Orleans, as well as the cargo traffic. There are three cruise ships currently coming to port each week. These ships are the Carnival Triumph, the Carnival Dream, and the Norwegian Dawn. What a challenge, and what a mission field!
Our River Parishes Center in Reserve, Louisiana has been undergoing rennovations and is operational again!