Crewmembers received a warm welcome from their honoured guest, Curaçao’s governor general, Lucille George-Wout, at the ceremony to officially open the book fair to the public in Willemstad.
Ms George-Wout served as an organiser for the local committee that worked with the advance preparation team for the ship’s visit to Curaçao seven years ago. She told crewmembers that she pleaded with the minister in charge of the harbours, saying, “I want the ship in this berth, on this weekend.” Ms George-Wout explained that even though it is Carnival season, and the people on the island are in a celebratory mood, she wants her community to look at Logos Hope and remember to celebrate the blessings of the Lord. “When I got here this morning and I realised that the ship got this berth, I was so excited!”
Director Seelan Govender (South Africa) shared a quote from Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations: “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”
“It is our relationship with God that defines who we are and how we are to live and engage in the world we live in and relate to people around us,” said Mr Govender. “He makes the difference in our lives, so we aim to make a difference in the lives of those we encounter. Logos Hope’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of the people we meet as we sail around the world.”
“It has been a tumultuous past few weeks,” Ms George-Wout told crewmembers, referring to recent political challenges on the island. “The ship is here to bring the hope that our people really need. The ship is here for such a time as this. Be the hope that our people need.”