All Seafarers are Welcome to the
International Ministries Center
Ministering to Seafarers in the Port of Mobile
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.
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.
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
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 DeSouza, 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 DeSouza and his wife, Gecina, both natives of Brazil, began to direct this International work. Rev. DeSouza 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. Rev. Buddy resigned in 2015 and moved to Houston, Texas to plant churches among internationsls. Rev. Bobby Morton is currently serving as the Director.