MV Doulos (1977-2010) - MS Franca C (1952-1977) - SS Roma (1948-1952) - SS Medina (1914-1948)
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A superbly built American built ship that sailed into History and she remains with us to this very day!
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Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in 1960
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“A Ship Like no Other”
By Reuben Goossens
“For the Earth will be Filled with the Knowledge of the Glory of the LORD, as the Waters cover the Sea”
Over many years many have supported “GBA” - “Gutte Buche fur Alle” - “Good Books for All” later known as “OM Ships International - “Operation Mobilization” for being an excellent Christian Missionary work. The work is supported because of the wonderful work that is done by the many wonderful Douloids (volunteers) who so faithfully give years of service free of charge in the Lord’s service, although they are generally supported financially by their home Churches and/or various Christian companies and organisations. Every single person onboard is a volunteer, including the captain, all the officers, engineers, carpenters baker, chefs to the all-important deck hands and those involved in the various areas of maintenance onboard. Thus all on the Doulos are 100% equal and they are not paid for the work they do on board, but receive accommodation and full board, etc!
However, as I already indicated the means of
support comes to OM Ships from various Churches and other organisations as well
from individuals from their worldwide funding campaigns who faithfully provide
for their care, as well as for fuel and the upkeep of the
“Wherever we go it gives us an opportunity to invite the local people on board and visit our book ship, as well as give books to those who are in need and do whatever we are able can to assist with the people in various lands. But more importantly if there is a good Pastor around we provide Bibles and other suitable material to him and he will distribute it. In addition we will the Word through our actions and we have seen many lives touched in that way. Thus our work on the Doulos is worthwhile and it is a work for Lord and the Lord alone! Praise Him”
The work of those who have worked on the Doulos is faultless and we should applaud them and their wonderful spirit as they go and spread the Word!
“MV Doulos promotes international understanding and world-wide education, through cultural exchange programmes, community service initiatives and as a floating book fair.
The Doulos as she sails the globe carries a stock close to half a million books. There are thousands of titles that cover a wide range of subjects, including many Bibles covering all versions, be it the KJV, NIV and others as well as countless Christian books, but we also carry thousands of educational and general reading books on Doulos, from science, technology, sports, the arts, philosophy, as well as hobbies, and cookery. These books are chosen to meet the educational and social needs of the various local communities and a large selection is devoted especially for children. Local language materials are also available together with the vast array of English books where they are needed!
The Doulos experience encourages all who come
aboard to expand their horizons and embark on a voyage of discovery and it is
our Christian lifestyle that touched those who come on board, thus we do see
many lives changed.” Marlieske Smilde.
A Special Thank You to …
1999: I wish to thank Captain of the Doulos, Captain Graeme Bird
for his enthusiastic hospitality! The ever delightful Doulos’ Project
co-ordinator, Marlieske Smilde
for her efforts and all of Doulos’ wonderful staff for their outstanding
hospitality and co-operation whilst I was onboard. Also, thank you, Richard
Beaumont Doulos' National Director in
2008. I hereby wish to give a very special thank you to Doulos’
Director Dr. Daniel Chae for his friendship whilst I spent my 23 days on board. Also my good friend and host Mr. Sven Benseler,
Manager of Doulos’ “Partner Ministries,” who was kind enough
to assist me in every possible was whilst I had a wonderful time the MV Doulos
most of August 2008. Sven has become a great friend and he and his wonderful
wife Mirjam and
children will remain in my heart always! Also thank you to Captain Ashley
McDonald for sharing time with me and allowing me on the
Bridge as we sailed out of
The voyage in 2008 meant a great deal to me as both a Pastor and a maritime historian, thus to all the aforementioned a special thank you so much for making my time onboard the Doulos and my voyage a very special experience! And I pray that the lectures and studies given will also have been a blessing!
of the Doulos in
MV Doulos is seen here
in 1989 before the
Photograph by & © Stephen Moore
Doulos livery in
1989 had a black funnel dome and boot topping and hull ribbon, today it is blue
Doulos livery in 1989 had a black funnel dome and boot topping and hull ribbon, today it is blue
Photograph by & © Stephen Moore
Photograph by & © 1999 Reuben Goossens
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