As Logos Hope sailed round the Sarawak river bend in the island’s capital city, Kuching, excited crewmembers were lined along the deck railings, cheering and waving their national flags, all set to enter into their first port after six months of the Power Up Project. Surrounded by lush greeneries, Logos Hope will be in Kuching for the whole of April, with a lot of opportunities lined up to contribute in areas of knowledge and practical work.
A crowd of locals were already waiting at the berth, blowing loud horns and making a joyful noise at Logos Hope’s arrival. These people were volunteers, made up of different ethnic groups (Chinese, Indians and the indigenous), coming from over eight different local churches to give the Logos Hope a warm welcome. They were playing an array of tribal instruments including horns, cymbals and shakers made from coconut shells. Crewmembers getting led by the music were dancing along on the decks.
The passion and excitement on the quayside mounted as the Captain made his way down the gangway and greeted the locals. He thanked the crowd for their enthusiasm and was presented with a gift for Logos Hope. Crewmembers started to make their way down too and all joined in singing and dancing with the locals. It had started to drizzle, but that didn’t kill the high spirits.
Freada, an indigenous man from Sarawak, had welcomed the ship every visit, for all three times. He was so happy to see the ship again and even brought along his friend, Abon. It was Abon’s first time seeing the ship. “I’m so excited to see the ship and can’t wait to visit it!” he shouted.
Gwence, a Chinese lady who came to support the ship together with his son said, “I’m very touched to see the ship visiting us again, bringing people from all over the world to our shore and helping us in ways they can.”