Based off of my current busyness with serving as Purser on the s/y Next Wave, co-founding new training programs through YWAM’s University of the Nations for the ships ministries: brining hope and healing to the forgotten coastlines and island of the world, and coordinating and staffing the School of Navigation and Seamanship and the Bluewater (Sailing) Discipleship Training School (DTS), I have found that more brief updates may be easier for me, but also less of a book for all of you to sift through. Because of this, most of my updates will now take 5-minute (or less) to read.
Our School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS) was blessed with numerous amazing teams visiting! This night we had five different YWAM teams join us for a fun night of games and special meal. The teams that joined us were on outreach serving both the refugees and the Next Wave during their few weeks with us!
The Next Wave Crew & SONS worked hard to get the vessel into ship-shape for the Bluewater DTS. It starts in just over 1-week! The picture above shows the flying jib (one of the sails) being installed.
A little less than two-months ago, we did a long-weekend sail training voyage around the south of the island on the s/y Next Wave. We participated in fire drills, sea-survival training, heaving sails, and man-overboard exercises. The weekend was a success, letting the SONS practically practice what they learned in theory over the weeks.
The schedule for next year is to run the DTS and SONS at the same time to enable us to sail more frequently and give all the students much needed sea-time to acquire further certifications.
All of the School of Navigation and Seamanship class of 2018 graduated!!!! Two will be back with us around August to serve as crew during the Bluewater DTS, one will be pursuing the call of starting a ships ministry in the Caribbean with his family, and two (one already mentioned) wants to start deep discipleship ministries through sailing. 100% return to the mission is exactly what we pray for!
After less than a week back in Harpenden, I met up with the other DTS staff in Croatia (where the first 2-weeks of the DTS will take place) for staff training. All the staff and students will be participating in the STCW Basic Training in Croatia (a requirement to serve on any commercial vessel) before continuing to the s/y Next Wave in Lesvos, Greece.
The last few days of staff training have consisted of: praying over each student and listening to the Lord for words of encouragement for each of them, digging into the Gospel and studying what it means to be servant leaders, and getting to know each other better with team building.
- Wisdom and guidance for the coming DTS and how to best disciple others.
- Funds for the ministry and training programs of YWAM Next Wave, as there is maintenance that needs done, and not enough income to cover it, yet.
- I hate to sound like a broken record, but I really do need your help praying in the finances for me to stay in missions without going further into debt. I am trusting the Lord for the finance, as He has called me to this walk.