Statendam Feb. 19th 2015 Dick and Charlene DeRosear and Mary and Jack (ole goat) Fried were two sets of passengers who wanted to go on a private tour of the volcano with Rich Smith director of PCM offering to accommodate them. They met shortly after arrival to Hilo pier. One requirement though was they were to talk extensively about Fanning Island and Rich would answer their questions. As is the usual case at end of tour, Rich needed help with getting some of his donated supplies onto the ship and given to a general collection bin that was supposedly made available to the passengers after a daily notice was placed in the passengers daily newsletter. Between 4:30-5:30pm, the ship and security officials allowed Rich to have an area near the ID check inside the pier building. A handful of passengers did see Rich’s HELP FANNING ISLAND poster and met with him to ask questions, tell of their bringing supplies and even offered to take supplies onboard. Many had said they had viewed the PCM website and got much information about what to do on Fanning and how to help by getting more items at various stores on Oahu and Maui before leaving Hawaii to sail to Fanning. Some of the supplies donated by PCM included 100 Children’s Highlight magazines (sponsored by good friend Nancy Goforth)
Over 1,000 packages of sutures, 50 bottles of Lidocaine and other wound care items were also taken on board by Jack Fried seen here carrying onboard 100 Gideons Life Books (book of John) to be used in the secondary school.
A box of baseball gloves were donated by a 12 yr. old boy named Evan “Step Up to The Plate” ministry in the mainland USA, along with the help of Wayne Smith who personally donated the items to a class at the NCL school pictured here (closing note from RICH: please notice the benches of desks/lack of….) anyone interested in helping get usable classroom desks to these kids????
This is what Wayne wrote to Evan: ” Good morning Evan, My wife and I just returned last night from sailing on the Holland America Statendam to Hawaii and French Polynesia. While we were in Hilo, Hi. I met Rich Smith with Pacific Care Missions and he asked if I would deliver your box of baseball equipment to the children of Fanning Island. I am pleased to tell you that the box you mailed him last April was finally personally delivered to Fanning on February 26th !!!! I met with one of the middle school teachers and his class and told them about your ministry and left the equipment with them. The teacher said he would distribute the larger gloves to the correct age group. I have a photo of the class and will forward it to you soon. My God continue to lead you and bless you in your ministry. Sincerely,Wayne & Sue Lewis, Rock Hill,SC
MANY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED AND HELPED DURING THIS (AND FUTURE) SAILINGS. RICH SMITH/PCM DIRECTOR