Sunday, January 01, 2006
In memory of a dear friend, Marceline Goedegebuure
Just today...we received sad news of our friend... We will miss you, Marceline! We were blessed to know you and will cherish that! We are rejoicing for you as you enter your eternal home and see Jesus face to face as He speaks the words "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant!"
Dear AFM Crew,
It is with great sadness that I bring you news of the death of a faithful member of our Mercy Ships family. Marceline Goedegebuure has since the 24th November been sailing as an Engineering Officer on the M.S. Prinsendam of the Holland America Line. All we know at this time is that when she failed to show up for her scheduled watch on the 30th of Dec, shipmates located her in her cabin, hardly breathing. Attempts to keep her alive failed.
Marceline has served with Mercy Ships for extended periods of time since completing her DTS on the Anastasis, both as a Deck Officer and as an Engineering Officer on the Anastasis and the Caribbean Mercy, and as a Deck Officer on the Africa Mercy. Her most recent assignment was as Chief Officer of the Caribbean Mercy on the difficult sail from Honduras. Tim Tretheway who served as Master on that voyage, gave Marceline very high marks for her leadership, initiative and great seamanship abilities. Beyond her wide ranging technical skills, Marceline brought a sweet and gentle spirit to the shipboard community that expressed itself in care for individual crew members, small group activities and community worship. She will be sorely missed.
Please lift up to the Lord, her family and all those who knew and loved her, during this difficult time of grief. And rejoice that when the last trumpet calls, Marceline will rise in victory over this untimely death. II Cor 15: 50-56.
(Executive Director, Africa Mercy)