The Seward, Alaska port is home to Alaska Christian Ministry to Seafarer’s. The Alaska Christian Ministry to Seafarers in Seward provides a home-like setting to crew members reaching the Mission from ships (principally cruise ships) that dock at the Seward port. Most crew members take advantage of the Mission fast and inexpensive WiFi, purchase phone cards, shoot baskets, attend worship services, enjoy free lunches and our fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies. Each ship reaches this port during the summer months about every two weeks.
The Alaska Christian Ministry to Seafarers Director, currently Pastor Scott Johnson, also goes aboard the various cruise and coal ships to speak with seafarers who, for one reason or another, are not able to come to our Seward facility. Over the summer, he and others develop close friendships with individual crew members.
Throughout the day, generally starting at 9 a.m., volunteers employ a 7passenger van to transport seafarers to the Mission and back — or to other Seward locations, especially grocery store and restaurants. At the Mission, the volunteers desire to meet crew member needs. Some one-on-one conversations lead to explanations of what Christians believer. Seafarers also use the Mission’s computers to send and receive emails, etc. if they don’t own their own laptops or tablets.
Also, on many days, the mission holds a worship service for the ship’s believers. This special event allows the mission staff and some of their volunteers to worship together and present a special teaching to the ship’s Christian community. These services are very uplifting to the seafarers, staff and volunteers as songs can be sung in many different languages and it reminds one of what it might be like in heaven as believers from many nations worship together.