Proclaim it in the distant coastlands…

This post was written by Rhonda Sand on September 13, 2010

Jeremiah 31:10 has always been a favorite of mine.  Using ships and boats for transportation and accomodation is rarely considered on Christian mission trips.  But, I have worked with some creative mission minded Pastors who have allowed me to create a fantastic way of chartering and using ships, boats and other vessels to access remote areas. I have some favorite vessels in Central America, the Caribbean, New Guinea, remote Alaska and Russia and of course the many rivers including the Zambezi River in the Zambia, the Nile, the Amazon to reach remote Peru, Ecuador and Brazil.  The opportunities are endless. If you have a remote coastland or river based community on your heart send me an email at [email protected] or call our office at 888 771 8717 ask for Rhonda Sand or Debra Nordberg.


Site Inspection of Cruise West Vessels

This post was written by Rhonda Sand on August 16, 2010

Early this spring before the ships went into service I was able to take a look at 3 of the ships that are used in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Washington and Oregon).  The vessels do serve the charter market well and I like how we can begin necessary voyages near some of the smaller towns.  The clients best served are looking for less traveled destinations. We also appreciated the fact that we could alter meal times  as substantially most of our time on these types of vessels would be spent on zodiacs in the smaller inlets and bays.  TMI Tours and Cruises loves their Pacific Northwest itineraries and now that we love the ship even more all of us will feel more comfortable selling it – especially in Japan and the UK.


Le Diamant (Formerly Song of Flower)

This post was written by Rhonda Sand on October 19, 2009

This elegant, small cruise ship is the one that we’re hoping and praying to use for Purposeful Africa in the fall of 2010. Rhonda Sand, owner of TMI Tours & Cruises and the founder of Purposeful Africa says, “It’s my favorite ship in the entire world because it is small enough to be intimate yet the services and facilities are superb.”

Here are some interesting facts about this luxurious ship:

  • It’s just over 400 feet in length and features 5 decks that are open to passengers
  • There are 3 different restaurants on board along with several lounges, shops, a library, and fitness center
  • The ship carries 226 passengers along with a crew of 120
  • The Le Diamant originally entered service in 1986 as the Song of Flower. In 2004 she was renamed as the Le Diamant and has been in service primarily to a French speaking clientele

In addition to the intimate feel and the excellent services and facilities onboard, the Le Diamant has been chosen for the Purposeful Africa trip because it also carries a number of small Zodiac landing crafts which will allow passengers to explore inland, river areas while we are in West Africa. This will give those on the journey with Purposeful Africa the opportunity to visit and see firsthand humanitarian work taking place not only in coastal locations, but further inland in the countries we will be visiting.

We will be posting several pictures of the ship as well as video from when Rhonda met with the Captain too. Look for them shortly!


Rhonda Sand of TMI Tours & Cruises to Speak at Upcoming Coeur d’Alene Event

This post was written by Rhonda Sand on September 18, 2009

Earlier this year through my travel agency here in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, I was able to attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit that was held in Dallas, TX. It was at this conference that I was first introduced to an excellent alternative to Health and Welfare’s foster care program. After returning from that trip, I wrote an article that was published in the Kootenai County Christian Community Coalition (KCCCC) Newsletter that briefly introduced the idea of bringing Safe Families for Children to the Coeur d’Alene area. Now I have the privilege of speaking about this organization at the next meeting of the KCCCC on October 29. As a member of the KCCCC, I am excited about the opportunity that I have to introduce north Idaho to this wonderful organization.

As a lifelong resident of Kootenai County, a business owner here (TMI Tours & Cruises), and a parent myself, I am passionate about our local community, its families and children. Safe Families for Children is an excellent resource that can be instrumental in assisting families in crisis before they get involved in the system of CASA and the State of Idaho. It exists to aid churches in offering assistance to out of control family situations. Based on information given to me, because it is working and approved in Washington State, North Idaho is able to use Washington’s resources. There are some situations when parents do need the help, but don’t need to experience the bottle neck of government intervention. Their motto is ‘Empowering Churches to Care for Children in Need’. Through a well monitored process, it allows pre-screened, approved families to step in temporarily and take care of children at risk, with the parent’s permission while they address a particular crisis.

If anyone is interested in introducing the program to their church, I would be happy to put them in contact with the appropriate representatives. This is a great program to introduce churches and families to needs in foster care and orphan outreach within the United States and throughout the world.

I’m thankful for the ability to be involved in assisting children and families here in the Coeur d’Alene area. Again, if you are interested in learning more about the opportunities to use your business or church to make an impact on this critical need, please feel free to call me, Rhonda Sand, at 208-765-1111 or email me at [email protected].


Rhonda Sand & Purposeful Africa Announce Creation of The Starfish Project

This post was written by Rhonda Sand on July 30, 2009

Last week I posted an article about an exciting opportunity we have created called Purposeful Africa. This ‘cruise with a cause’ is a unique opportunity to serve those in need in West Africa and ultimately make an impact on the poverty that has gripped that area of the world for too long.

In order for us to secure the ship needed for this exciting journey, we have created a fundraising opportunity called The Starfish Project. I hope that you will join us in our effort to corporately join forces and get the Purposeful Africa ship in place for this ministry opportunity. Please read more about The Starfish Project below:

The Starfish Project

We are so excited to launch our new fundraising campaign, the Starfish Project! In order to secure a ship for our maiden voyage, funds must be raised, and we need your help in doing so.

So here’s the scoop; for only $1.00, you get a physical representation of your support, in the form of a beautiful, personalized Starfish that will decorate the walls of Purposeful Africa’s ship. Consider it your way of making the voyage with us if you can’t physically participate.

These Starfish also make amazing gifts for others around you. Let your loved ones know that in receiving a Starfish they are helping to reach people in need and will be well represented aboard our ship.

Without the support of our communities, our mission would not be possible, and this is a great way to truly help spread hope and faith to those in need throughout West Africa.

Another way to help us raise money and support is through word of mouth. Please tell your friends, family, and church about The Starfish Project. Send out a quick email, post our link on facebook, twitter, or your own blog. This will help us out tremendously. We appreciate your support and can’t wait to hang that Starfish with your name on it!

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