On 25 September 2022, the time came for former Managing Director of Logos Hope, Randy Grebe and his wife Kim (USA), to walk down the gangway for the last time. Having led faithfully and passionately for two and a half years, and been on board for nearly ten, Randy and Kim were now ready to embark on a new chapter in their journey, leaving the crew and service of Logos Hope in the capable hands of new Managing Director Edward David and his wife Heather (Malaysia/UK).
A handover event was held to commemorate this transition of leadership and to honour the legacy that Randy and Kim developed throughout their many years of service on board. The event, a formal dinner followed by an evening programme, was filled with stories, accolades and memories from the ship’s community, GBA board members and senior leaders. They were known as “masters of hospitality” by GBA Ships Board Director Bert van de Haar (Netherlands), which made him “feel so at home” whenever he visited the ship. Crewmember Moses Disi (Ghana) reflected on Randy and Kim’s time, saying, “The way they live their lives and how they treat people is really something that I cannot even describe.”
Randy and Kim have led Logos Hope’s crew through visits to 11 countries and 19 ports, including countless cultural experiences, many challenges and, of course, a myriad of wonderful moments. When asked about the highlight of his time on board, Randy speaks of the ship community: “We see your hearts. We see you serving sacrificially day after day. It is always you that inspire us. All we can do is say thank you. Thank you for living life together with us. This is an amazing place to live and to grow and to learn and to mature. I’m so excited to see what is next for you.”
GBA Ships CEO Seelan Govender (South Africa) stated, “I don’t think there could have been a more appropriate couple to lead us during this time.” And whilst this season of Randy and Kim’s leadership of Logos Hope has come to an end, it will be remembered for being full of joy, encouragement and care for people. The community on board Logos Hope will continue to “just show up”, as Randy encouraged them to do, in every port they visit.
Thank you, Randy and Kim!