By Margaret Sheard …..
We were very pleased to be able to contribute to the campaign to provide some Christmas cheer to seafarers who were far from home during Christmas 2016 in the form of shoeboxes filled with gifts and had a lot of pleasure in deciding what would make life more enjoyable at this festive time. We delivered our boxes to Revd Wendy Hough in plenty of time for them to be collected and taken for distribution at the Mission to Seafarers.
Following is a comment from St Andrew’s Church and the thank you received by Revd Wendy and we were delighted that there was such a tremendous response.
St. Andrew’s, in common with other parishes in the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, supported the Mission to Seafarers with their collection of small gifts, presented in “shoeboxes”, to bring some Christmas cheer to those whose work aboard ships to provide us with many of the daily necessities of our lives meant that they were away from home and loved ones over the Christmas period.
The Cyprus Chaplain for the Mission to Seafarers, Mr. Ken Wiseman, visited St. Andrew’s and preached a very moving and informative sermon at the 10.30am service on Sunday 18th December 2016. Following this he took the 45 shoeboxes collected by the congregation and the wider community back to the Mission in Limassol to be distributed to seafarers.
The following letter was received by the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, from Mr. Wiseman:7th January 2017
The Rev’d. Wendy Hough – St. Andrew’s Church, Kyrenia
On behalf of Mission to Seafarers (Limassol) may I thank you, the congregation of St. Andrew’s and the wider community of Kyrenia, for the wonderful number of shoeboxes they donated to the Christmas appeal.
Your generosity helped us to distribute just short of 200 boxes to sailors visiting the Port of Limassol during the Christmas period. Please be assured that the contents provided by all were gratefully received especially by those who are so far away from home at this special season.
Again, very many thanks for your contribution and hard work and support.
Yours sincerely – Ken Wiseman