Floating library the Logos Hope aims to bring hope

ANTOFAGASTA – Cultural, religious, and literature books; social activities; conferences; and family reunions are all available on the German Ship, Logos Hope, which arrived at the Port of Antofagasta on January 4. Operated by the German Christian charitable organization GBA Ships (Gute Bücher für Alle, in English “Good Books for All”), this ship features a mobile bookstore, restaurants, and stages, that individuals, groups, and families can access for nominal fees.

Having a team of more than 60 Christian volunteers from all over the world, the Logos Hope announced two weeks ago on its Facebook page, “Tell everyone that the Logos Hope boat is coming to Antofagasta, Chile! Visit the largest floating bookstore in the world, be part of its events and find your international team from more than 60 countries! Be part of this exciting visit!”

At the main entrance to the Port of Antofagasta, international volunteers welcome Chilean visitors to the ship.

Once on the ship, a guide introduces the visitors to the Logos Hope before they are free to explore the bookstore, which has thousands of religious, cultural, and literature books. Most of the books are also available for sale at reduced prices.

The Logos Hope: from ferry service to library

Originally built in 1973 for car ferry service between Malmö, Sweden, and Travemünde, Germany, the ship is now owned and operated by OM Ships International; and, since 2009, it has been part of OM Ships International’s global Christian training and outreach movement.

Over the years, OM Ships International has visited 480 different ports in 151 countries and territories and welcomed over 46 million visitors onboard. The Logos Hope is the fourth ship in a series of ships devoted to its Ship Ministry.

Pavel Martínez, spokesperson for media on board said in an interview with ABC that the ship aims to share cultures among countries, and that it also “offers donations of books to orphanages and schools, water filters, water and reading glasses in addition to participates in implementing projects in different parts of the areas it visits.”

Among the requirements to be a volunteer on board, one must speak English, be 18 years or older, and Christian.

The Logos Hope will leave Antofagasta on January 24. According to the ship’s official site, the Logos Hope will next visit Valparaíso (arriving January 29), Lirquén (February 12), and Punta Arenas (March 6) in Chile, before departing for Argentina in the middle of March.

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