Faroes mission ship visit to Lochaber hailed a hit

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Last week we briefly reported on the visit to Corpach harbour by the Christian missionary ship, Juvel II, from the Faroe Islands.

Organisers of the visit have now sent us more information about the success of the visit to the area.

Organisers told the Lochaber Times that among the 23-strong crew were nine teenagers who had given up two weeks of their school break for the visit to Mull, Oban and the Fort William area.

Some of the crew of the Juvel II were clearly pleased to be in Corpach. NO F19 Atlantic Mission Crew 01
Some of the crew of the Juvel II were clearly pleased to be in Corpach. Captain Gullak is on the far right.

The youngest on board was 16, with the oldest over 80, and almost everyone slept on board the ship.

The Faroes brought a full band boasting guitars, keyboard, cajon and squeeze box, and played music, face painted the faces of hundreds of youngsters, led games and activities, and also performed dramas and songs and spoken words in churches, halls and out in the open air.

The Re Richard Baxter welcomes Evald, first mate aboard the Juvel II and Thorvald to the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church in Fort William. NO F19 Atlantic Mission Duncansborough 02
The Reverend Richard Baxter welcomes Evald, first mate aboard the Juvel II and fellow crew member, Thorvald to the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church in Fort William

Organiser Alan Smillie told us: ‘In Fort William hundreds of people came on board to have a cuppa and a tasty homemade Faroese treat.

‘Many had a tour of the former Danish military ship and part-time ice breaker. They met the engineer in the engine room, had a photo on the captain’s chair in the spacious wheelhouse, visited the kitchen and the sleeping quarters.’

On Friday night the Faroes visitors and a number of locals were spoiled with a feast hosted by Guisachan Guest House and Women Aglow.

Then on Sunday the team spread out to take part in four local church services, sharing about their mission to the west coast of Scotland.

One of the organisers of the visit to Lochaber, Alan Smillie, right, with Captain Gullak, centre, skipper of the Juvel II, centre, and worship leader, Kristian. NO F19 Atlantic Mission 03
One of the organisers of the visit to Lochaber, Alan Smillie, right, with Captain Gullak, centre, skipper of the Juvel II, and worship leader, Kristian.

Mr Smillie added: ‘People were very encouraged and grateful for the 23 Faroese and their organisation – with all its volunteers’ self funding – who are giving back to Scotland the spiritual gift of the good news of Jesus that was given to them by Scotland a long time ago.

‘The boat will now visit the west coast of Greenland as it has for the last 10 summers.’

 

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The Juvel II docks at Corpach harbour.

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