The Mission To Seafarers (MTS) on Sunday held an interdenominational church service to pray for the safety and welfare of seafarers in Nigeria.
The service, attended by big wigs in the maritime industry, also solicited support for maritime workers.
The mission, an affiliate of the Anglican Church, marked the annual service simultaneously in not less than 150 countries of the world, to show care to seafarers.
The officiating priest, Very Rev. Adebola Ojofeitimi, in his sermon prayed for God’s protection for the seafarers.
Ojofeitimi, who expressed concern on the difficult terrain under which seafarers work daily to transport goods and services from one part of the world to the other, said their efforts were invaluable.
“Lord God, we depend on you for life itself. We depend on seafarers for many of our daily needs. Watch over them, keep them from dangers, befriend them in loneliness and bring them safely home from every voyage,” he prayed.
In his address at the event, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, a Management Committee Member for the mission and Chairman of the event, said that MTS was an international non-profit body founded in 1856.
Sarumi, who commended the efforts of the seafarers, who, against all odds, brought goods from manufacturers to those that needed them, said that without the seafarers the world’s economy would be threatened.
The Chairman, a former Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, appealed for support to the mission and for the sea workers.
Also speaking, a mariner, Capt. Emmaunel Ilori, said that the church and mission was working in unison to ensure seafarers got the best in welfare either on or offshore.
The service was held at the C.M.S Cathedral in Lagos