Upon hearing that a ship loaded with stockpiles of books is going to dock at the Sultan Qaboos Port at Muttrah in Oman where I am currently based I did not hesitate a minute to schedule a rare chance to walk up the ship’s gangway to see the floating bookfair. It also is undoubtedly a long furlough for me from blogging as I needed a long rest from work. It seems rightly timed that the arrival of the ship that seeks to minister to a lot of people needing help physically,psychologically,emotionally and spiritually was at a time that I really need to get back to blogging.And so to all my followers of Cliffhangercorner I would like say in particular my elation to getting back to writing and my apologies for the lost time.
In today’s world where books has been showing a decline in popularity in favor of cyberspace technology, it has become increasingly difficult to sway the the young population to curb internet usage in favor of the books as a guide for research in school activities and the like. I still believe that books can still make a difference especally in bringing knowledge to people of all ages all over the world like what the GBA Ships are doing. I learned that GBA stands for Good Books for All. Enter the MV Logos Hope– A 40-year -old reconditioned ship (Built in 1973) that was formerly commissioned as a ferry ship in northern Europe, only to be converted into a floating bookfair. It truly gives a lot of joy and upliftment and fullfills a lot of hope to many people around the world.The key to making the ship floating and getting warm acceptance worldwide for the past several years and hopefully many more years to come have been the purpose for which it had been rebuilt which is, imparting hands-on knowledge to those who want to develop job skills and enhance their learning. There are those who might want to desire a study program yet are unable to because they can’t afford, the various books on display are up for grabs at low prices in exchange of a truly good literature. MV Logos Hope extends community service as well in the form of relief aid as the need arise.They function as a moving ship on the watch and used as a channel of God’s blessings to many.The ship boasts of a crew most of whom are volunteers extending courtesy and providing inspiration to others by the services they are providing with a view to focusing on the needs of others.They pass on the message of hope to others thru their life-changing experiences and how they were gifted with blessings and happy that their hopes were not dashed away but otherwise fulfilled.
Finally the day of visit was set on a beautiful Saturday evening of Oct 6,2013. I gathered that since the launch into active service in February 2009, the MV Logos has been in several regions: Northern Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and most recently south Asia.
Logos Hope provides a better quality of life for the crew as well as a wider range of activities for visitors and guests The newly created Logos Hope Experience (which I was not able to see at the time of my visit) holds up to 800 visitors at any one time, with capacity to host an additional 700 in the Hope Theatre and Logos Lounge.This publicly accessible deck offers visitors an introduction to the vessel and the organisation, a book fair featuring over 5,000 different titles of educational and Christian books, a visual presentation called the Journey of Life, which is based on the biblical story of the “Prodigal Son”, and the International Cafe.Titles cover a wide range of subjects, such as science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, philosophy, medicine and children’s books, as well as faith in God and Christian living.