With around 60 different nationalities represented on board, the Logos Hope community is regarded as a genuine expression of international goodwill and understanding. The crew and staff are all non-salaried volunteers, including many serving in their professional capacity, such as seafarers, engineers, electricians, nurses, teachers and cooks. Sponsorship from friends, family members and civic organisations enables crewmembers to serve on board.
The ship remains in each port for several weeks and opens the gangways to thousands of visitors each day. On average, one million visitors have been welcomed on board one of our ships every year! The floating bookfair offers over 5,000 titles, providing many visitors their first-ever opportunity to purchase quality literature.
Teams go from the ship into surrounding areas to visit hospitals, schools, orphanages or prisons, supply aid and provide community care. In each port, the ship's crew and staff partner with community groups to share hope and show love to people whatever their circumstance, culture or background.
Although the main aim of the ship is to serve people in the port communities, those on board also benefit personally during their term of service. A structured training programme, combined with work experience and cross-cultural encounters, provides crewmembers with valuable opportunities to learn new skills and develop character.
The unique living situation presents many challenges, and life on board is a constant exercise in adjusting, adapting and learning to appreciate the differences of others. Visitors often express surprise that people from so many different cultures can live and work together peacefully in such a small space. Crewmembers are unified by their faith in God and vision to bring knowledge, help and hope to the port communities they serve around the world.