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In search of a shipwreck


MELLIEHA, Malta — John Harkins traveled to this port city on the Mediterranean Sea to pursue a childhood dream.
For as long as he can remember, the deacon of the Mayfair Church of Christ in Huntsville, Ala., has been fascinated by the story of the apostle Paul and the shipwreck told about in Acts 27.
So Harkins, a diver, made his third trip to Malta recently to continue his quest for evidence of the Alexandrian grain ship that was transporting Paul to Rome before it was destroyed. Miraculously, all aboard the boat survived.
“I’m quite in the minority in thinking there might be some remnant,” Harkins told the Huntsville Times. “But I know we’re going to find something, though it may not be from Paul’s wreck.”
Harkins told the newspaper he hopes any evidence he finds matching Luke’s account of the shipwreck in Acts will help those struggling with faith.
“It could be one more thing where somebody said something didn’t exist and we can say, ‘Yeah. It did,’” Harkins said. “Maybe it will help someone who has lost their faith and wants to come back.”

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