There has to be hope for as long as they’re afloat.


Logos Hope Main lobby
The ships motto says it all: Bringing Knowledge, help and hope!

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.

Logos Hope.History retold.
The History of MV Logos Hope is depicted thru this pictures and inscriptions hanging on the main entrance of the ship.

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.

more than 45 countries are represented
The all- volunteer crew and staff of about 400 people, represent over 45 different countries.Unlike the crew during her original use as a car ferry, crew and staff normally join the organisation to live on board for two years as volunteers.
Logos Hope.By the thousands of books on sale
It’s a comfy one-stop shop activity for the would-be visitor.The U-shaped 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.”
1-Logos Hope col.1
Millions upon milions of people in more that 150 different countries had already spent precious and memorable time in the company of friends and relatives enjoying what’s inside of the MV Logos Hope.There are several thousand available reading materials that I came across from the shelves, study books and career manuals, arts and crafts, cookbooks and cake and pastry books, sports,music,health,religious books and bibles and many more. Cultural variety abounds with over 45 nations in the mix.
Logos Hope. Magnificent view @ night @ Muscat Pier
MV Logos Hope finally docks at Muttrah Port in Oman on Oct  the 1st week of 2013.This mission-oriented ship generally visits ports for two weeks and is continually sailing from port to port year round.
Visitors cue for a photosession at the Main Lobby (1)
Ship entrance photosessions by visitors.Its virtually non-stop.They keep coming.

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.

We are so privileged to have been a part of the millions of visitors who have stepped foot on this globetrotting mission ship and all the more thankful to the gov't of Oman for allowing the MV Logos Hope to let their mission of spreading Knowledge, helping people and giving hope be realized in this part of the World and for which we have been a part of and to lend our support.The shuttle buses and the low ticket prices at almost 1 dollar per ticket was worth the effort and time in going.As I asked one of the volunteers when the next docking of the ship ship to Oman shores would take place and the polite answer was 2 years from now.As my entourage bid good byes to the crew and volunteers, the ship I was told was proceeding to Qatar for their next mission engagement...Many more blessings and travel mercies to the MV Logos Hope!
We are so privileged to have been a part of the millions of visitors who have stepped foot on this globetrotting mission ship and all the more thankful to the gov’t of Oman for allowing the MV Logos Hope to let their mission of spreading Knowledge, helping people and giving hope be realized in this part of the World and for which we have been a part of and to lend our support.The shuttle buses and the low ticket prices at almost 1 dollar per ticket was worth the effort and time in going.As I asked one of the volunteers when the next docking of the ship ship to Oman shores would take place and the polite answer was 2 years from now.As my entourage bid good byes to the crew and volunteers, the ship I was told was proceeding to Qatar for their next mission engagement…Many more blessings and travel mercies to the MV Logos Hope!
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