OM Ships International began in 1970 as part of the global Christian training and outreach movement, Operation Mobilisation. Since then OM Ships has operated four different ocean-going vessels, which, in total, have visited over 450 different ports in 150 countries and territories and welcomed more than 46 million visitors on board.
The goal of OM Ships is to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. This is done through supplying vital literature resources, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, training young people for more effective life and service, providing needed relief, and sharing a message of hope in God wherever there is opportunity.
The current ship, Logos Hope, visits each port for several weeks and opens the gangways to thousands of visitors each day. On average, over one million visitors have been welcomed onboard every year! The floating book fairs offer more than 5,000 titles, providing many visitors their first-ever opportunity to purchase quality educational and Christian literature.
An international crew of around 400 volunteers from more around 60 nations live and work on the ship. Teams go into surrounding areas to supply aid and community care. In each port, the ship's crew joins local churches and organizations to bring hope and show love to people whatever their circumstance, culture or background.
"OM Ships is the greatest book ministry in the world."
- Loren Cunningham, founder, Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
"The distribution of Christian literature through OM Ships is particularly imaginative and important."
- The late John Stott, Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II, influential Christian writer.
"It's amazing what is accomplished during a brief visit by the ship to a country. This kind of impact would normally take years"
- Brother Andrew, Bible-smuggling missionary, founder, Open Doors.
"The unique vision of Operation Mobilization and their ships are well known to Christians around the world...may the many outreach conferences win many to the saving faith in our Lord Jesus and help many Christians to refocus their understanding and commitment to the great commission."
- Billy Graham, world-renowned evangelist.
"One of the joys I have experienced is working with OM Ships in Latin America....the ships have been used effectively for pastors' conferences and evangelistic meetings."
- Luis Palau, international evangelist.
"I believe their work is vital in meeting human need. OM's Ship Ministry has captured the imagination of the world-wide evangelical community"
- David Wilkerson, pastor and author.
"OM's Ship Ministry stands firm on the Word of God and works willingly with the local church."
- The late Alan Redpath, evangelist, pastor and author.