The 3rd of September was no ordinary day. It was a day looked forward to by 50 pastors’ children who received a special invitation from the Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) to spend the day on board the Logos Hope ship which had docked at the new Colombo South Harbour. The children arrived early morning with their parents who also had a pastors’ meeting scheduled on board which was organised by NCEASL’s Missions and Evangelism Commission. They came from as far as Anuradhapura in the North and Akuressa in the South.
The buses that had lined up at Chaithya Road transported passengers up to the docked ship. As the children entered the ship through the gangway they were welcomed aboard by the ship crew who had arranged a very special day of activity for them.
The children’s activity was held in the ship’s auditorium. The children loved the interactive group activities which kept them entertained and occupied the whole day. The sessions were interspersed with a visit to the book exhibition which was open to the general public as well. Some of the older children had the opportunity to help out at the cashiers’ desk and the information desk as announcers. A few other children had a unique experience to visit the ship’s captain at the cockpit. Another highlight for the day was having lunch on board the ship!
“We had a wonderful time, it was an excellent programme and an unforgettable experience” commented a youngster who had travelled almost 166 kilometres from Anuradhapura. At 5 p.m. the children bade good bye to each other and to the ship crew who had now become their new friends. They joined their parents and got in to the buses which brought them out of the port and back to base. All the children who enjoyed this rare opportunity to spend an entire day inside the world renowned Logos Hope ship were RLC scholarship recipients and children of pastors.