(Xinhua) -- Namibian national Benizo Smith Junior,
24, is aboard the floating book fair, Logos Hope, that docked at
Walvis Bay port, Namibia on July 15.
The 132-meter-long ship is laden with
more than 5,000 titles and manned by 400 volunteers from 60
countries. Most of the books are rare educational and Christian
Operated by Gute Bücher für Alle
charity of Germany, Logos Hope GBA Ships.
Derived from the ancient Greek
thinkers, the name Logos can loosely be translated into “God
Working in the World.”
The floating book fair has been
sailing around the world since 1970, during which time it has
docked in 160 countries and saw more than 45 million people
Although this is the first time Logos
Hope has docked in Namibia. Its sister ship - the Doulos - was
here in 2002 when more than 12,000 people went aboard to view
the literature in six days.
Nazareth Bonilla of Spain, who is one
of the volunteers, said the crew will assist Namibia in a
variety of goodwill projects.
She listed eye testing, renovating as
well as equipping a school library apart from supplying water
Namibia’s vice president Nickey Iyambo,
who officially welcomed the floating book fair, could not have
put it any better when he referred to the crew as “friends.”
“Namibia is a friend to all and an
enemy of none. We welcome you as friends. You are not
visitors, but we declare you as friends,” Iyambo said.
So impressed was Iyambo that he lauded
the diversity of the crew that is “working together for the
common good of the mankind”, which he likened to the Namibian
tribes that are co-existing.
“Usually, youngsters hang around and
wait for things to happen, or they try and make a living.
Instead, here we have hundreds of them volunteering their
labour and life to help others around the world. This is
extraordinary,” he said.
But Smith Jnr, a youth pastor with the
Living Water Family at Walvis Bay, is not one of those who wait
for things to happen.
Smith Jnr joined the Logos Hope crew
in May this year as one of the book fair workers.
He got the opportunity to be part of
the 400 crew through his father who also brought him a brochure
about the world’s largest floating book fair.
“When my father got the brochure about
the ship, I knew this was my opportunity,” he said. “Serving
on board is the best experience of my life.”
Saying he enjoys working among people
from different walks of life, Smith Jnr also said the fact that
the Logos Hope docked at his home town is very exciting.
On the first weekend, more than 7,000
visitors visited the Logos Hope after hundreds others had
welcomed the ship when it docked.
The Logos Hope will depart Walvis Bay
on July 28 for Libreville, Gabon.