Mobile Baptist Association

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All Seafarers are Welcome to the

International Ministries Center

Ministering to Seafarers in the Port of Mobile

Another van load arrives for a night at the center.   International Bible Library

Some of the services offered by the International Seafarer's Center are:

  • Christian fellowship in a family environment at the Center. The IMC is open to seafarers every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  • Free transportation to the Center, inexpensive transportation to shopping malls, sight-seeing tours, churches, recreational parks, etc.

  • Postal service

  • Free Bibles and other literature (in YOUR language)

  • Phone and wiring money to families. We even provide phone cards.

  • Free refreshments. Churches and supporters around Mobile bring in refreshments and  welcome the seafarers with good food, great fellowship and Christ's love.

  • Television room with satellite sports and reading materials

  • Recreational activities - volleyball, soccer games, ping pong, table games, basketball, pool, etc.

  • Worship services and Bible study

  • Reading room

 
SPANISH

Porque de tal manera amo Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo nuigenito, para que todo aquel que en el cree, no se pierda, man tenga vida enterna.

TAGALOG

Gayon na lamang ang pag-ibig ng Diyos sa sanlibutan, kaya ibinigay niya ang kanyang bugtong na Anak, upang ang sumampalataya sa kanya ay hindi mapahamak, kundi magkarron ng buhay na walang hanggan.

PORTUGUESE

Porque Deus amou o mundo de tal maneira que deu o seu Filho unigenito, para que todo aquele que nele cre nao pereca, mas tenha a vida eterna

CROATIAN

Jer Bogu tako omilje svijet da je i sina svojega jedinorodnoga dao, da ni jedan koji vjeruje ne pogine, nego da ima zivot vjecni.

History of the Seafarer Ministry

The International Seamen's Center began in 1970 when a Peruvian ship was stranded in Chickasaw without food, communications, or adequate clothing.  A group of dedicated ladies from Sage Avenue Baptist Church, led by a commitment to missions, visited the seamen.  They invited the seamen to their homes and church and strived to meet their physical, social, and spiritual needs.

In April, 1970 Rev. Ivan de Souza, a native of Brazil, led the first service of the mission at Sage Avenue Baptist Church.  He directed this mission until 1979 when the Lord called him back to Brazil to pastor a church.

In 1972, Mobile Baptist Association adopted the International Seamen's Ministry in cooperation with the Alabama State Convention and the Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention.  In 1976 the Association built the Texas Street facility and dedicated it in 1978.  This facility currently houses the ministry under the name "International Ministries Center."

On October, 1, 1979, Rev. Aias de Souza and his wife, Gecina, both natives of Brazil, began to direct this International work.  Rev. de Souza retired on February 09, 2007.

Rev. Doug Beck was called as the Director in August 2007. Rev. Beck resigned, taking a pastorate position in early 2010. In October 2010, Rev. Buddy Brents was called as Director.