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Operation Mobilisation works in more than 110 countries, motivating and equipping people to share God’s love with others. Working in every region of the world and on every ocean (via an ocean-going ship), Operation Mobilisation seeks to demonstrate and proclaim the love of God. Adapting to the local culture and situation, OM teams seek to find the best ways to share Jesus’ message.
What’s the Logos Hope?
Logos Hope is the 4th OM Ship. The Logos Hope is in the early stages of a tour of Latin America. It has already docked in Columbia (3 ports), Guatemala (1 port), and is currently at the first of four Mexican ports.
The main purpose of the visit to Latin America is to mobilise the Latino church into missions. What do I mean by that? Well, over the hundreds of years since South America was colonised, churches were set up by the Spanish and Portuguese, and missionaries were sent firstly by the Catholic church and later by the Protestant church. Now in the 21st century, the Latin American church is one of the largest and most vibrant in the world, (estimated 70 million Protestants) and it is their turn to send missionaries out to other countries where there are no or few believers. It is this message that we want to give to the church there, and OM Latin America has a specific goal to send 2000 Latinos over the next 10 years. This may sound ambitious, but it is only 0.003% of believers!
The presence of the Logos Hope in Latin America for 2 years is a catalyst for this mobilisation, and so OM Latin America (LAM) is working in partnership with OM Ships, in order to maximise the impact of the ship’s visit in the region.
Mikes’ role is to oversee Operations and Governance in the LAM Area
“We were on board the ship for meetings with the OM Ships leadership team. We were reviewing the visit of the ship to Latin America so far, and exploring ways to build on the experience and be even more effective. It was great to hear of the impact the ship is having so far, and to be there to witness the energy and enthusiasm that the presence of the ship generates. There are thousands of visitors every day – the record for the port of Veracruz was 13,000 on Easter Saturday”
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
for ever and ever! Amen.