For some people it is kind of unclear or confusing what I do as a Missionary with Youth with a Mission (YWAM). I have heard things like, “He travels a lot!” or “Sailing? What does that have to do with being a missionary?” all as a result of not knowing what my current role in missions is.
Without making it complicated and long, here is the story and what my role is.
While attending Discipleship Training School (DTS) with YWAM in Malawi, Africa, the Lord spoke to me about numerous things in my future. One of those things was to work with the Ships Ministries of YWAM. The Ships Ministries impact the lives of thousands of forgotten people groups around the world every year, supplying medical, optical, and dental needs, along with walking out the gospel to those we serve, all done by unpaid volunteers.
The way the Lord called me to serve the ships is to train and multiply training programs to equip more of YWAM’s missionaries with qualifications to take the doctors and outreach volunteers to these lost people around the world. When the Lord placed this on my heart, it seemed insane and I didn’t think it was possible.
Just in case you didn’t know, until I was headed to my DTS, I had never left the US of A, and had always lived in landlocked Kansas City, Missouri. On top of all that, I had only been on a boat three times in my life, prior to God calling me to this path for my life.
Before I finished my DTS, I applied to the School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS) in Kona, Hawaii. Through the Lord’s continued guidance, though, a pioneering SONS was drawn to my attention on the Next Wave ship in Greece. There, I met the SONS course pioneer for both Kona and Greece, Brian Sloan, one of the International YWAM Directors of YWAM Ships Ministries. While he explained his heart for developing more training, and bases that offer training for the Ships Ministries, he used many of the exact words the Lord spoke to me six months earlier.
With the obvious hand of God guiding the opportunities before me, I am now the Co-Leader for the School of Navigation and Seamanship on the Training vessel the Next Wave starting in two weeks, and Coordinator of the missionary training program held on-board, the Bluewater (Sailing) Discipleship Training School, starting in July.
As the Ships Ministries continues to grow, we have gained 22 vessels in the past 10 years. We need more order and structure for the crew management of the fleet. As such, Brian, a few others, and I are heading the development for a global platform for the crew, trainees we are discipling, and volunteers, to be fluid between the 26 ships and their needs.
So, for the leading question, I am the co-leader of the School of Navigation and Seamanship, which is a University of the Nations course, does that mean I am “Professor Jordan,” now? 😉
As for the other things the Lord spoke over my future, you will just have to stay tuned and find out!
This entire testimony has been thanks to God and all of those who have partnered with the Lord and I on this mission for the Nations! I am so thankful for the all the support of those who have partnered financially and prayerfully over the past few years and am always praying for you!
Everything I do is volunteer and unpaid, plus I have to pay for my housing, food, and travel, even for the schools I am staffing/leading! If you would like to become part of the story and help people worldwide see the Light of Christ, please prayerfully consider supporting me financially.
“Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” – Andrew Fuller, on how he will go in missions, if people who also believe in that mission will make it possible by supporting him (holding the rope).
There is a new tax-deductible option for supporting me in missions!
Support still needed per month: $650 (going into debt)
If six people partner at $100 per month
If 13 people partner at $50 per month
If 44 people partner at $15 per month
Any amount helps keep me on this mission with God!