Alva family
OM Ships
Newcastle, Australia

We (Elon & Joyce) are working for OM Ships out of Newcastle, NSW. Elon joined Logos in 1985 and Joyce joined Doulos in 1989. We met on Logos II and were married in 1992. Our son Paul was born in Brazil and daughter Jessica in Nowra, NSW. Elon served on all 4 ships as Chief Engineer and together with Joyce have lived on the ships for a total of 14 years. Joyce served onboard Doulos and Logos II working in the galley, laundry, accommodation manager, ships driver and many varied office jobs.

We had a break from the Ship ministry and Elon taught Marine Engineering in Newcastle from 1998 to 2005. God called us back as a family to the Doulos in 2006. After two years onboard we found ourselves back in Newcastle. Continuing with OM Ships Elon worked on Ship projects for a couple of years before taking up the role of Marine Superintendent for OM Ships. This entails looking after all aspects of the Marine side – Deck & Engineering.

Paul spent 2 years on Logos Hope, a year with George Verwer as his go-fer/PA and is now working in the MENA region. Jessica in spite of having chronic fatigue for 7 years is studying Social Work at University. Joyce is heavily involved in Help ministries at church, and takes every opportunity to promote OM in the city. Elon is an elder for the past 6 years in our church.

We are thankful for those that support us prayerfully and financially in the ministry that is in the background.

Here are a few words from OM’s founder George Verwer –

Dear Friends of Elon and Joyce,

I am no longer the leader of OM which included OM ships but I am still very committed to the ship ministry. I want to especially thank those of you who have prayed for and supported Elon and Joyce and their family. They are among the longest serving people in the ship ministry. Elon has been with us since 1985 and Joyce since 1989.  Our history shows that people in this somewhat behind the scene ministry often have difficulty raising their financial support. This has been true in their situation and I know is a burden on their hearts.

If you are not supporting them I would really ask you to pray about getting involved in that way. I believe you will be blessed to be a vital part of such a strategic ministry.

Perhaps you know of others or even a church that would be willing to support them. We would be grateful for any effort you make in that direction.

Thanks for praying about this.

In His grip,

George Verwer
Founder and former Director

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