April 1, 2001
Dear Family and Friends,
Greetings to you from . . . Benin!
I left for Cotonou on March 28th and will return on April 9th. Do you know where Cotonou is? It is right on the Gulf of Benin, near Porto-Novo. Benin, located in West Africa, is just east of Togo, south of Burkina Faso and Niger, and west of Nigeria. Now you know exactly where it is, right? Ha!
I look forward to telling you all about the trip next month. The reason for my going is to accompany several media teams from England that are visiting our hospital ship, the Anastasis, to publish stories on behalf of Mercy Ships. I also will meet with our ship communications team to encourage them in the good work they are doing and to help them do their jobs more effectively.
THE BRITISH ARE COMING!!!
This month, on April 24th, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, John Major, is coming to Texas to our headquarters here at Mercy Ships. He will dedicate our new International Support Center, as well as be the guest of honor at a special evening banquet for our newest ship, the Africa Mercy. As you can imagine, there is quite a lot of media activities surrounding this event, which is keeping me and my communications staff very busy to say the least! John and Norma are patrons of Mercy Ships U.K. and it is a real honor to host them here.
WE SERVE A RISEN SAVIOR
As we mentioned last month, we are still sobered by the recent deaths of our friends and co-workers last month - two from Mercy Ships and two from Youth With A Mission. This month, as we celebrate Easter, we remember that death does not have the last word. Because Jesus rose from the grave, everything has changed. We now have purpose and meaning in the midst of a world of pain and suffering. You may be experiencing sorrow or loneliness, but because Jesus is alive, if you seek Him first, then everything will turn out right in the end. He has promised.
May God richly bless you!
Glenn and Carol; Paul, Amy and Richie
Mercy Ships P.O. Box 2020 Lindale, TX 75771-2020 (903) 963-3267 email@example.com