The island of Mauritius is known to be a popular destination for taking a holiday or going on a honeymoon. It can be a great place to add new vitality and rigor to the humdrum of everyday life. This is why the port purpose statement of Logos Hope’s first visit to Mauritius, ‘An invitation to life’, cannot be more apt.
In return for being invited to the life in Mauritius, Logos Hope wants to invite locals to come on board and discover the true life and hope. During the official opening, Guest-of-Honour, His Grace Ian Ernest, Anglican Archbishop of the Indian Ocean extended his appreciation to Logos Hope for inspiring people in a world which lacks motivation to volunteer and serve others. “Logos Hope represents a micro community and is a clear picture of what a larger community should and can be,” said His Grace Ian Ernest in his speech.
Two days after the official opening, Logos Hope received the unbelievably good news that the ship will be able to move to a permanent berth so that it can remain open and be accessible to the public. This was a relief as the original plan was to go to anchor twice during the visit. Partner Ministries director, Randy Grebe (USA), later shared that the shipping agent had met up with the port authorities after the official opening to appeal for Logos Hope. “The shipping agent told me that the official opening had touched their hearts,” recalled Randy. “Due to several events, including one crewmember dressed in her traditional costume greeting the guests in their native language, he was impressed with the community and attitude of the ship’s company.”