Katy's Logos-Hope Update

Restrictions, Rain, Representation, Ride, & Responsibilities

Ship Life

Coming up with an opening to this newsletter has been nearly impossible. As I sat here trying to cleverly introduce the fact that, in these past three months, I’ve fed 300 plus underprivileged children in Tanzania, went to church on a crocodile farm/ banana plantation in Mozambique, traveled to Hungary on a presentation team, got charged by an elephant in South Africa and even changed jobs. Eight months, twelve countries, unending amounts of crazy stories, and this can all be summed up with two words, “Ship life.” So let’s tackle these one by one.

Tanzania! Government Restrictions

Tanzania was the first port the ship visited in mainland Africa. This was a very exciting port for many crew members since it was our first time to visit Africa. I had the amazing opportunity to go on a ministry day to a feeding program for underprivileged children in a village outside of the capital city Dar Salaam. The program is run through a church based in that village that currently has no roof because of a fire started by lightning. The village is Islamic and the Muslim locals have complained multiple times to the government about this church for the amount of evangelism they do in the area. The day my team made a visit to this church, the government decided to as well. This greatly restricted what we were going to do and we were unable to share all that we had prepared. Still, we were able to serve the people and children there. As unfortunate as it is that we were restricted that day, I think the fact that the government came to the church shows the impact that it is having in that area.

Miracle Rain

From Tanzania we sailed to Mozambique where we saw a miracle from God first hand. For the past year Mozambique has suffered from a horrible drought and the ship arrived right at the peak. There was so little water in the country that even the ship lost access to water. The ship went three days without running water and the ship’s company started praying for a miracle to happen. Once we had gone a few days without water on the ship our leadership was faced with a difficult decision: to stay or to go. The next day we woke up to the sound of pouring rain, the country of Mozambique had not heard this sound in many, many months; it was a sound they would continue to hear for the next few days. It was an amazing miracle where we were all able to see the power of prayer. In this port, I also had the opportunity to speak at a church that was located on a Crocodile farm/ Banana planation. It was one of the most interesting churches that I have been to on this journey so far.


After Mozambique, the Ship made its way to Durban, South Africa where it would enter its yearly Dry Dock. During the month of Dry Dock, the Ship’s Company were sent all around South Africa and surrounding countries to do work with local OM bases, but only 36 people were selected to go on presentation teams to different parts of the world. I was selected to go on one of those presentation teams. During the month of April, my team and I traveled the country of Hungary giving over 60 presentations to churches, high schools, and universities. Our goal was to motivate more people to join the Logos Hope. I hope to see much fruit come from these presentations in the next few years. By the way, Budapest is amazing.

Safari Ride

After our month in Hungary, we met up with the ship in Richards Bay, South Africa. (I would like to call out Lisa Farquhar and Stacy Valentine to say I did it!) I went to South Africa and I went on safari. However, I did not just go on a safari, I drove the car. I was the only one in my group who knew how to drive a stick (thanks dad.) So it was up to me to drive our group to, through, and back from the safari. Although an elephant might have charged us, it was an amazing experience and we got fantastic pictures. The ship will continue a tour of South Africa until mid-July. We are currently in East London and will be visiting Port Elizabeth and Cape Town before leaving South Africa.

New Responsibilities

There have been some pretty big changes in my work here on the ship. A few months ago I was asked to move from the mess to become a Shift leader in Pantry. Pantry is responsible for the upkeep of the ship’s main dining room and washing all the dishes on board. Each day the Pantry teams wash, on average, 5,000 dishes. I led one of the three pantry shifts. Every pantry shift has a Galley shift partner. The Galley is in charge of cooking all the food on board. My fellow shift leader in charge of the Galley team is Karla who comes from Mexico. Together we run our shift that we named TEX-MEX. Working with this shift the past few months has been great and we have become a family. However, change will be happening in the next few months. Upon returning from Hungary I was offered to take the position of Dining Room Manager in September. With this I will become the head of Pantry as a whole, be in charge of the dining room where 500+ people eat 3 times a day, take over training, and work side by side with the head Chef as we cater events on board. It is a big responsibility but I am looking forward to it. I will begin training for this job sometime in the next two months.
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Wrapping Up

In mid-July I will be making a trip home for a family wedding. I hope that during my time home I can catch up with you and have the opportunity to share more in depth about all the amazing things that have happened on this trip so far! Thank you so much for your continued prayer and support!