04 July 2017
Our Senior Deputation Speaker has recently been taking meetings for the Society in Scotland. In one town he was greatly encouraged by meeting several Christian fishermen from the area.
For example, he preached at an evangelical church where one of the members is a retired trawlerman. Some of his sons are now skippers of their own trawlers, and our Deputation Speaker was privileged to visit one of these boats, a new trawler which fishes in the North Sea and the North Atlantic. Another son skippers a second boat; both vessels have names with Biblical associations.
On board one of these boats, our Speaker was encouraged to see an open Bible in the wheelhouse, and Scripture texts in the wheelhouse and galley. Three of the crew, Christian men from Ghana, were preparing to sail for the waters of the North Sea.
On a visit to Northern Ireland earlier this year, the Speaker met with two Nigerian fishermen, both of whom were Christians and had a burden to take Scriptures to the various fishing ports where their vessel docks to unload the fish.
We need to pray for Christian men like these who brave the stormy seas to supply us with fish. ‘These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep’ (Psalm 107.24). But not only do these men supply us with fish, they, like the Apostle Peter, have a burden to spread the Gospel and thereby fish for the souls of men. ‘And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men’ (Mark 1.17).