I visited Logos Hope ship with the pre-arranged tour. It was not only fantastic and informative, I was really touched by their graceful gesture. I went there with my friend who has a son diagnosed with muscle dystrophy (Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited disorders that involve muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue, which get worse over time.) The boy can walk slowly, but a wheel chair is helpful. We stumbled upon a wheel chair at the Klang Port terminal building, and the guard there was so kind as to let us borrow it to wheel the boy to the ship. When we reached the ship, a Logos Hope worker was waiting at the boarding ladder. We asked him whether we could leave the wheel chair nearby. He said instead, he will ask a helper to assist us to carry the wheel chair up to the ship. Taken by surprise, we were touched by his kind gesture.
We entered the ship with gratefulness and excitement. The ship smelled refreshing like a hotel. The carpet looked clean and new. We walked down to the reception counter. A young man greeted us, and I let him know that we were there for the pre-booked tour. I mentioned to him that my friend’s son has some restriction in walking, though he can do some mild walking and climbing the staircase. He saw him, and said that he would talk to the guides to see if they can do something about it. At that moment, we were not sure at all whether my friend and her weak-muscle son could go for the tour at all.
We still had 20 minutes to spare before the tour, so we went to the bookstore. It was Thursday afternoon, hence the ship is not so crowded. I bought a few books with good bargain and returned to the assembly place for the tour.
Two tour guides came. They have arranged one tour guide to take my friend’s son with the wheelchair to in the lifts. Another tour guide will bring us around in the normal tour where we need to take the staircases. I was so touched that tears almost came out of my eyes.
Eileen Chua, a Singaporean lady, was guiding me and my family. She brought us to different level of the decks where we visited the dining hall, worship hall, captain’s room, lifeboat, Hope theatre, and a few others. She explained that there were 4 such Logos ship before, namely Logos I, Doulous, Logos II and now Logos Hope. Born in Germany, Logos Hope was already 40 years old when the ministry bought it in 2004. It was previously used to ferry cars. After 5 years of repair work, in 2009, it started sailing with about 400 members on board.
The generators in the ship are in desperate need of replacement, they have to pray for every sailing trip, with the fear that the ship will not reach the destination with the old machines. Therefore, any donation will be very helpful.
They are also in desperate need of a full time Chief Engineer in the ship. Presently, there are 4 engineers on board, but the chief engineer is coming on and off the board, working part time. So, if you get the calling, you can contact the Logos Hope ship at the following website :