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International Seafarers Ministry

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The International Seafarers Ministry has a three-pronged ministry approach to maximize our contact with the sailors.  We visit the sailors aboard the ships, offer transportation to the shopping areas of the Charleston metroplex, and offer hospitality, phones, and internet access at our ministry trailers. 
 
Ship Visits
 
We make a point of trying to visit each ship that comes into port at the terminals on the Cooper River during the week.  We take books, magazines, devotional material, and New Testaments/Bibles in over 60 languages to give to the sailors.  We also sell international phone cards so that they can contact their friends and families back home.
 
Transportation
 
We provide transportation from the terminals to shopping areas and back.  We accept donations for this service, but we do not require them. 
 
Center
 
At the center, we provide a comfortable, safe place to relax.  The seafarers can use their phone cards to call home without the fees assessed by pay phones.  They can also use the internet free of charge to check e-mail or get news from home. 
By the Numbers

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 May
2014
# of Ships in Port (M-F - Holidays)
00
000
# of Ship Visits*
00
000
# of Ships Visited
00
000
# of Sailors Transported
000000
# of Nationalities Encountered
0000
# of NT/Tracts/Books/CD's Given (# of Lang)
00/0/0 (00)
000/0/0 (00)

* This stat is the number of days on which the ship was visited.  Multiple trips to the same ship on the same day count as 1 visit.




20122013201420152016
# of Ships in Port1026971000000000
# in Port M-F - Holidays702619000000000
# of Ship Visits*723649000000000
# of Ships visited697614000000000
# of Sailors Transported30241814000000000
# of Nationalities Encountered9296000000000
# of NT/Tr's/Books/CD's Given
(# of Lang)
722/6/4 (45)555/4/142/2
(41)
000/00 
(00)

000/00/00  
(00)

000/00/0  
(00)

# of Christmas Caps Given100109790000000000000

* This stat is the number of days on which the ship was visited.  Multiple trips to the same ship on the same day count as 1 visit.


20072008200920102011
# of Ships in Port
1068
1070
957
894
993
 # in Port M-F849
 752788684
760
 # in Port M-F - Holidays
687
720
636
677
 # of Ship Visits*631698
757
672
697
 # of Ships visited576661
711
634674
 # of Sailors Transported13371156
1533
1443
2051
 # of Nationalities Encountered
6073
7587
93
 # of NT/Tracts/CD's Given
(# of Lang)
1408/17(44)
  921/38  
(47)

  948/70 
(50)

  846/45/36  
(53)

  723/25/3  
(48)

 # of Christmas Caps Given5870
10300
8647
8113
10733

* This stat is the number of days on which the ship was visited.  Multiple trips to the same ship on the same day count as 1 visit.