Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-09-2014, 09:29   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 19
Worship

We're contemplating making the jump on a boat in the Caribbean, I have been blessed with great kids(so far) and a loving wife. However, the kids are moving on and were (I'm) getting the itch to do the live aboard thing. I am convicted that if I turn all my resources on myself it's going to be a empty life style, for me and the way I was rewired by Jesus Christ many years ago. Not others, just me. No judging going on here and I hope the Jesus thing is allowed on this forum. If not I respect that.
All that to ask these questions
Is there a blog that is centered around God seeking boaters?
Is there a mission minded group out there? Last year my family took Christmas to a poverty stricken village in Mexico about 150 miles south of Monterey, best thing I ever did for christmass, the kids preferred the shoes over the toys.
Are there groups of boaters that meet to worship?
Are there local fellowships that welcome boaters?
__________________

__________________
Jimmy-Kim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2014, 09:42   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Seattle
Boat: 1989 52' PT Overseas Yachtfisher
Posts: 92
Re: Worship

If you and your wife are of a like mind, go for it! The operative word is "and"- there should be a continuity in the decision. Being a liveaboard doesn't mean you're becoming materialistic- in a way, it's just the opposite! Having time, talent, and treasure to use as you feel you must is a wonderful thing.

As for the blog- start one!
__________________

__________________
Marine Insurance Guru and tuna fishing addict!
Pau Hana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2014, 09:53   #3
Registered User
 
Steady Hand's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Crewing All of 2017 Available Globally
Boat: OPB = Crewing in 2017
Posts: 4,851
Re: Worship

Howdy!

I do not know the answers to your questions related to existing networks or blogs.

However, I think there is a good opportunity for you to enjoy visiting many churches as you travel by boat. Each community will have some kind of church, and the variety of people and their expressions of faith and community could be an interesting part of your own journey.

In short, I would not limit myself to just "boaters" when seeking fellowship.

Good luck.
__________________
Ahoy All Sailors! Need experienced crew for a passage or delivery in Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, Med, PNW, ICW, coastal or across an ocean anytime in 2017? I am available on 24hr notice. See my CF Profile "About Me" page for details. Happy to lend a hand!
Steady Hand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2014, 10:07   #4
Registered User
 
Stu Jackson's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cowichan Bay, BC (Maple Bay Marina)
Posts: 6,389
Re: Worship

IIRC, there's a Christian Sailing Association.

However, in Mexico, many cruisers devote a lot of time to helping the local communities, regardless of the cruisers' faiths.

Latitude 38 reports on those efforts, including taking locals sailing, benefits from regattas and plain old fashioned helping out.
__________________
Stu Jackson
Catalina 34 #224 (1986) C34IA Secretary
Cowichan Bay, BC, (Maple Bay Marina) SR/FK, M25, Rocna 10 (22#) (NZ model)
Stu Jackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2014, 10:09   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: 2017 - cruising west coast of Italy
Boat: Amazon 49 cutter, custom steel boat built in Surrey, Canada
Posts: 431
Images: 1
Re: Worship

First, you will find that many marinas and anchorages where cruisers congregate will have prayer meetings and/or bible study groups that will welcome you. Our family has always attended Mass with the locals wherever we have cruised. We have always been welcomed and made to feel at home.

Most local churches will be able to guide you as to Mission projects. Be advised that they are rarely lacking in manpower - it's funds they are short of. As a Gringo, they will automatically assume you have plenty of money. The lesson is to clearly state up front what you can do for them and make it clear you only have "x" amount of dollars. You don't want misunderstandings and hard feelings when you are trying to help.

Cheers!

Steve
__________________
steve77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2014, 10:14   #6
Registered User
 
tbodine88's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Austin TX
Boat: West Wight Potter 19
Posts: 720
Re: Worship

Then there's these people Sailing Missionaries to the Caribbean & Central America
__________________
Frimi Captain
Tom Bodine
tbodine88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 06:44   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 19
Re: Worship

Thx


Sent from my iPad using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
Jimmy-Kim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 06:48   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 19
Re: Worship

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pau Hana View Post
If you and your wife are of a like mind, go for it! The operative word is "and"- there should be a continuity in the decision. Being a liveaboard doesn't mean you're becoming materialistic- in a way, it's just the opposite! Having time, talent, and treasure to use as you feel you must is a wonderful thing.

As for the blog- start one!
Thank you we are going to charter a boat for a month or two before we purchase. Sounds like well grounded advice.
__________________
Jimmy-Kim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2014, 20:08   #9
Senior Cruiser
 
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Re: Worship

Try a different thread than Meets and Greets. Destinations would be a good one to try.
__________________
John
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-09-2014, 20:22   #10
Senior Cruiser
 
s/v Beth's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
Boat: Valiant 40 (1975)
Posts: 4,066
Re: Worship

I do not think the cruising lifestyle is a selfish one. We worship with the locals and find ways to serve wherever we go. One's mindset is what is important.
__________________
s/v Beth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2014, 01:51   #11
Registered User
 
SV Liberty's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Houston, Texas
Boat: Morgan Out Island 416
Posts: 155
Images: 1
Re: Worship

For six years we worshipped at the closest church to where we could land the dinghy, all throughout the Bahamas, east coast and eastern Caribbean. Had a lot of great experiences, but one of my favorites was beach church in George Town in the Bahamas. Our kids liked it too.


Sent from my iPad using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
SV Liberty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2014, 02:06   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Underway in the Med -
Boat: Jeanneau 40 DS SoulMates
Posts: 1,904
Images: 1
Re: Worship

I have been out 7 years now and finding a church to attend is a bit difficult and can be a good experience. Once when i was on the east coast of the usa i went to a sunday service in a small town in one of the carolinas on a rainy miserable day and i was soaked by the time i got there even with fould wx gear on. Not one person greeted me as i sat in the back row and the minister did come by to say good morning and walked to the front and welcomed all and those homeless who sought shelter in the Lord's house. I did laugh at that but never would go back.
I did attend church where i could understand what was going on regardless of denomination and was always welcomed. Out side of engilsh speaking countries i really missed regular worship and found John Hagee on the internet and would watch him when i had good internet. But the one thing I always do is go to the church in the town i am visiting and spend a few moments thanking the Lord for another safe arrival. After a 21 day crossing of the Atlantic i spent more than a few minutes saying thank you. Now in the Med with old churches everywhere I still stop and say thank you for another safe arrival and the internet works here too so i can watch a worship service on line.
There are some locations all through the Carib where cruisers gather for Bible study and prayer groups but many places there are not.

Good luck with the decision.
__________________
just our thoughts and opinions
chuck and svsoulmates
In Marmaris Turkey for the winter
chuckr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-09-2014, 02:14   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Underway in the Med -
Boat: Jeanneau 40 DS SoulMates
Posts: 1,904
Images: 1
Re: Worship

OH - I forgot one thing. When we left the USA we took a lot of stuff for kids to hand out, like small toys, crayons, paper, pencils ect. It was ok in Mexico and Belize but inland Guatamala we were warned not to pass them out but did anyway and got some really strange looks. We met a peace corps person and asked them and they told us to stop as far inland there is still some left over rumors that gringos are there to steal children. At one point i went to take a picture of a church at the top of some long stairs and woman and child were coming down. The woman say me and started waving like no picture so i waited and got a cold icy stare as she walked by.
So not everyone is friendly or forthcoming and you must judge each situtation on it's own and listen to those who have been there a while as there are certain issues that can create some unpleasant time for you.
__________________
just our thoughts and opinions
chuck and svsoulmates
In Marmaris Turkey for the winter
chuckr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-09-2014, 23:08   #14
Registered User
 
SailRedemption's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: New Orleans
Boat: Kaufman 47
Posts: 780
Re: Worship

Chuck, I have read somewhere else about the Guatemala kidnappings where people got the stares and looks you received.

Buy that's great that hear you find churches in most of your ports to stop in and worship privately when there isn't a service.

I plan to cruise soon and being a traveling missionary and evangelist has really pulled at me.. This thread was a a blessing to see as I wasn't sure what to expect, now I have some ideas.
__________________

__________________
SailRedemption is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:49.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.