The Maritime Bethel at Savannah provides ‘far away from home’ personal and practical support to seafarers who come into our port on big ships from all over the world. We are a faith based Christian nonprofit organization that includes advocacy, spiritual, physical and emotional support although we are not affiliated to any one church or denomination. The MBS serves ALL seafarers regardless of creed.
Our Savannah Bethel is in Garden City, just outside Gate 1 of the huge container terminal, and we aim to provide a sanctuary in our five-acre park-like setting. Our comfortable facility offers seafarers free internet and the opportunity to just relax, shower, do laundry or enjoy time away from their daily reality. Importantly to the seafarers our vans meet them at the ships and take them shopping or to the Bethel.
Many seafarers are only in Savannah for six to twelve hours. Having only seen water and industrial ports with no natural beauty for weeks on end they are keen to get their feet onto solid ground and get away from the port. Naturally, being away from home and loved ones for months at a time with no affordable phone or internet connection service when at sea most are desperate to connect with family and friends by email and phone. Usually seafarers want someone to listen to them, counsel them and pray with them and this is a vital part of our mission.