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Pacific Hope Finds a Home with YWAM Barbados

Pacific Hope Global (PHG)—a subsidiary of Marine Reach Ministries in New Zealand and part of the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) family—is pleased to announce the securing of YWAM Barbados. Both entities have been in negotiations for the past month and have reached a mutual agreement.

PHG’s parent company, Marine Reach, has operated medical ships in the Pacific Ocean for nearly 30 years. They have provided medical and developmental aid in excess of $50 million (USD), treated 500,000 patients in more than 20 nations, and led thousands to a relationship with Christ. The flagship, M/V Pacific Hope, was brought to the Caribbean in 2018 to provide aid in the aftermath of hurricanes Maria and Irma. With a fully functional and state-of-the-art dental clinic, eye surgery unit, and general medical facility, the M/V Pacific Hope has made a great impact in ministering and assisting the nations of Dominica, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahama Islands (Grand Cay, Grand Bahama, and Grand Abaco).

PHG recently secured a second ship, the S/Y Next Wave, birthed from the Marine Reach family of ministries and purchased from YWAM UK. The S/Y Next Wave has operated Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) and YWAM outreaches in Europe since 2007, and recently provided aid and spiritual support to the Greek refugee camps in Lesvos. The S/Y Next Wave is currently undergoing a full refit in Istanbul, Turkey, and will soon relocate to the Caribbean and begin operating PHG’s Divemaster DTS in October 2020.

YWAM Barbados has been in ministry for more than 25 years. It was founded by Bill and Valerie Landis in 1994. Shortly after the Landis family arrived on the island, YWAM Barbados purchased the Thicket Plantation property, a 7.5-acre parcel of land that included the plantation Great House. Over the years, several more student/staff housing units were added to the property, and the base grew in its development with a DTS program (3 Nations), prayer ministry center (Caribbean Prayer Rooms), youth outreach programs, and multiple schools (School of Frontier Missions, School of Biblical Studies, and School of Performing Arts). YWAM Barbados is now a thriving central hub for training and dispatching missionaries for the Caribbean, Central/South America, and Europe.

Pacific Hope Global and YWAM Barbados have agreed to a board restructuring that benefits both ministries. The facilities in Barbados will continue to provide training, prayer and youth outreach programs, and home base operations. In addition, PHG will use the facilities as a land base component for both the M/V Pacific Hope and S/Y Next Wave.

Captain Marvin Wilson, Chairman of the Board for Pacific Hope Global and YWAM Barbados, said, “We’re extremely grateful to the faithful ones who went before us and laid a strong foundation in the Caribbean over the past 25 years. We’re excited about this merger and can’t wait to see what God has in store for this ministry over the next 25 years.”

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Yacht owner donates tender to Bahamas relief

The Klump Family Foundation, whose principals own the 142-foot (43m) M/Y Far From It, donated a tender this morning to M/V Pacific Hope, the 179-foot (54m) medical ship, for its efforts to continue helping the northern Bahamas.

Hit by Hurricane Dorian in September, the Abacos and Grand Bahama are again in need as COVID-19 restricts shipping and supplies.

The tender, a 19-foot RIB with a 115hp Yamaha, had been housed at National Marine Suppliers’ Toy Store while it awaited a sale, but the Far From It family decided to put it to better use, according to Capt. Scott Miller.

“We’ve got to keep giving to help the Bahamas, especially now,” he said.

From left: Captain Scott Miller, Captain Ryan Bacon and Max Rash from NMS.

Article published in The Triton on March 23, 2020 by Lucy Chabot Reed

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Captain’s Briefing: Spring 2020

Captain’s Briefing

Friends and supporters —

We understand your inbox is filled with COVID-19 updates and information, so below is a quick statement about our efforts in combating the virus, and then lots of positive updates about our last three months in the Bahamas.

INFO ON HEALTH AND SAFETY ABOARD THE SHIP REGARDING COVID-19

The M/V Pacific Hope is STILL IN THE BAHAMAS and STILL HELPING those in need. On March 11, as the World Health Organization announced the official news of a pandemic, we also learned that most NGOs (non-governmental organizations) had left their outreach locations across the globe. On March 15, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 appeared in Nassau, and the Bahamian government reached out to us for help. We feel called to stay and do what we do best — serve with confidence and action.

For the past three weeks, we have taken every precaution and followed every recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The ship is sanitized and disinfected from top to bottom, cabin inspections occur on a daily basis, and all crew members are following WHO/CDC personal hygiene practices. Every person on-board completes a health questionnaire which is submitted to the CDC, and personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, are available for each person in case of a suspected infection. Hand sanitizer dispensers are located in every common area and hallway, and our medical personnel has procedures in place for suspected infection: CDC Maritime Quarantine Info 

Above all, the staff and crew onboard M/V Pacific Hope are serving on a voluntary basis – and we value their decision. Daily updates from the Bahamian health authority, WHO and CDC are shared regularly with the entire crew, as well as the ongoing risks involved with this pandemic.

VOLUNTEER GROUPS

We have suspended group travel to the ship until May. With prayer and diligence, we will assess the ongoing pandemic and allow large groups back on the ship once international travel is deemed safe for the masses.

A hopeful reminder—as Christians, we want to be prudent but not fearful. It’s times like these that we have the opportunity to lead by faith in a world run by fear. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” - 2 Timothy 1:7

OUR WORK IN THE BAHAMAS SINCE JAN 2020:

  • Pacific Hope hosted 7 church and mission teams, including the Christ Church Anglican from Midland, Texas.
  • Our teams have rebuilt 26 rooftops, valued at close to $200,000 worth of aid.
  • The ship relocated from the island of Little Grand Cay to Grand Bahama.
  • We partnered with World Hope International for many of our efforts in Grand Bahama.
  • Pacific Hope hosted 4 community BBQs with a total attendance of 400+ people! Face painting, games and Bible education are fun activities at each event.
  • 129 volunteers and crew members have come aboard M/V Pacific Hope to serve the people of the Bahamas. The year is off to a great start!

UPDATES TO THE SHIP:

  • Ship showers are being remodeled and improvements will allow for three new stalls.
  • The aft is being remodeled to create space for refrigeration and freezer storage for the housing of large quantities of food when we’re located in isolated places.
  • Our engineering team is working on maintenance and repairs after being anchored for four months.
  • Two of our crew members completed firefighting training at MPT to stay up-to-date on cutting edge techniques to ensure the safety of the ship.

CREW & STAFF NEWS

Abby Pennington from Vero Beach Florida is our new Medical Coordinator! She recently left her job as an ICU nurse to work full time in medical missions. We’re delighted to have her on board M/V Pacific Hope as we gear up for our upcoming medical outreach.

ON THE HORIZON

Some of you might’ve heard the news about another ship in the works. The rumors are true! Pacific Hope Global is acquiring the YWAM ship, Next Wave. We are full steam ahead with the refit and will ultimately sail the 138-foot vessel from Turkey to the Caribbean to begin our very own Divemaster DTS program. We are excited about the new opportunities and adventures that Next Wave will bring to our organization and we will keep you posted with updates as they happen.

"Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken." — Psalm 62:6

Of course, none of our efforts or progress can happen without your prayers and support. Your financial donations are what enable the success of our organization.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out: volunteer@mvpacifichope.org.

As our prayers are with you and your family during this tumultuous time in our world, we ask for your prayers as we continue to do the Lord’s work in the Bahamas.

Sincerely,
Captain Marvin

 

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