Homesickness

When a homesick 18-year-old German cadet arrived at Grangemouth, Scotland, our chaplain ensured he was met by a friendly face and a stack of home newspapers at the next port.

Meeting the young seafarer during a ship visit, our chaplain the Revd Tim Tunley sensed that he was finding life on board a container ship a little overwhelming.  Concerned for the young man’s welfare, he contacted our chaplain in Antwerp, where the ship was next due to dock, asking him to check on the cadet when it arrived.

As the ship docked in Antwerp, Mission chaplain John Attenborough was ready with a hearty welcome and an armful of German newspapers to keep the young seafarer in touch with home news. He arranged for his German colleague to visit the ship next time it was in port.

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