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Reaching every nation, one ship at a time.


Norfolk, Virginia is home to one of the largest seaports on the east coast as it accommodates thousands of ships each year.

These ships carry anything from grain and coal to containers and cars.

But inside of each of these ships is a cargo much more precious than the finest gold…

Each ship contains 25-30 foreign seamen from anywhere in the world.

Currently 50,000 active ships in world trade

Average of 25 seamen per ship

There are about 1,250,000 seamen on the ocean right now

We offer the seamen free transportation and in doing so we are essentially buying an opportunity to tell them about Jesus!

This also affords us the opportunity to board their ship and give them gospel tracts and Bibles in their own language and sometimes even spend hours reasoning with them from the Scriptures about their soul’s salvation.

With hundreds of nationalities represented in the maritime industry, we can literally reach the entire world with the gospel right from our front door.

Worldwide Vision

  • Witness to lost seamen from around the world
  • Disciple the saved seamen by correspondence
  • Get them in contact with their nearest missionary
  • Help them establish a church in their country

Stateside Vision

  • Get established in the Virginia maritime community
  • Gain access to as many Virginia ports as possible
  • Find active local churches near ports in other states
  • Help these local churches gain access to their ports
  • Try to establish a gospel witness in every major U.S. port
  • And ultimately… TO PLEASE GOD!

Psalm 107:23-24 “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.”

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Lifeline Baptist Seamen Ministry
Norfolk, Virginia | 352-299-4461 | lbsmvirginia@gmail.com

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