Seafarer Groups Work Together

Image courtesy of North American Maritime Ministry Association

Adapted from Anglican Communion News Service

The Anglican mission agency Mission to Seafarers (MTS) has teamed with the North American Maritime Ministry Association to launch a new international digital center for Seafarers’ Ministry. The MARE project will unite a number of ministries  to deliver support, information, and professional development using social media.

“MARE’s name (pronounced Mar-A) means ‘the sea’ in Latin, the historic ecumenical language,” writes Jason Zumeida, executive director of North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA), in The MARE Report.

The logo’s “stylized E” refers to living in an electronic age, he adds. “Even if you hold a physical copy in your hands, this magazine represents state-of-the-art print technology and is produced within a wide network of social media.”

NAMMA is a broad association of Christian ministries that provides encouragement, advocacy, and professional development to its members. It has developed MARE “to equip maritime ministries to use the Internet as a primary opportunity to broaden their support service for seafarers.” The MTS provides funding for the initiative.

“We are delighted to partner with NAMMA in this exciting project,” said the Rev. Andrew Wright, MTS secretary. “Technology has changed the way seafarers interact with their loved ones and we have made much progress in adapting to ensure our support remains relevant and effective to their needs.

The Mission to Seafarers works in over 200 ports worldwide. In some places in North America it delivers services alongside the NAMMA network in North America.

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