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FILM: One Nation Under God

New Feature Film “One Nation Under God” Receives Thunderous Ovation

“One Nation Under God”
“One Nation Under God”
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“One Nation Under God”
“One Nation Under God”
L to R: “One Nation Under God” actor Grayson Berry, writer/director Lisa Arnold, Lakewood Church Senior Advisor and ordained minister Jackelyn Viera Iloff

Pacific Hope Global (PHG) is delighted to partner with the producers of One Nation Under God (ONUG) to help promote this unique and timely film. We’re honored that ONUG has agreed to donate part of their profits to our ministry. The film has received many awards and high praise from various groups across America, including members of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. But don’t just take our word for it … check out the press release from Lakewood Church below:

LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fresh on the heels of the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives’ removal of the words “so help me God” from that institution’s swearing in oath, a new feature film which debates the excision of the words “one nation under God” from the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance was screened for an invited audience at Joel and Victoria Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston on June 7, 2019.  The audience in the packed theatre responded with thunderous applause as the credits rolled, signaling their overwhelming approval of “One Nation Under God,” which is slated for a year-end wide release.

Lakewood Church, with a membership of more than 18,000, regularly holds Lakewood Movie Night, at which quality family films are screened.  In selecting “One Nation Under God” for its most recent screening, Jackelyn Viera Iloff, Senior Advisor and one of the church’s ordained ministers, said, “Our founding fathers placed God at the center of our country, but today, it has become our greatest battle to keep Him there. 

#ONENATIONUNDERGOD shares the story of a Hispanic student from an immigrant family that boldly steps out to protect his first amendment right in his school and challenges the lead candidate for the Presidency of the United States to do the same. Together, they take a stand for what they believe.”

“We are grateful to Joel and Victoria Osteen, Jackelyn Viera Iloff, and the members of Lakewood Church who so overwhelming embraced our film,” said Executive Producer Christian Briggs.  “Their tremendous response tells us that this film is a rarity today – a family film about standing up for what is right that is also great entertainment.  We are looking forward to bringing ‘One Nation Under God’ to audiences everywhere later this year.”

“One Nation Under God,” starring Kevin Sorbo, Antonio Sabato Jr., Casper Van Dien, Lois Robbins, Herschel Walker and Isaak Presley, has received 32 major awards at film festivals over the past year.  Underscoring the film’s excellence and relevance among faith and family audiences, it has won top awards at the International Film Festival, God Country Family Film Festival, Christian Film Festival and many others.

Written and directed by Lisa Arnold, who co-produced the hugely successful 2014 “God’s Not Dead,” “One Nation Under God” dramatizes the ongoing debate surrounding the First Amendment, freedom of speech and censorship when a new student at a Louisiana magnet school questions a policy in which the words “under God” are omitted in daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. 

About “One Nation Under God”:
When a magnet school teacher in Louisiana (Sorbo) is confronted by a new student (Presley), a young Latino raised by a single mom, who questions the school’s policy toward his First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion, the subject becomes the basis of a debate in a juried showdown with a rival school.  Casper Van Dien plays the school’s principal who staunchly defends the policy, and Antonio Sabato Jr. plays a senator who has his eye on the White House, yet whose public comments supporting a place for faith in education get him in political hot water.  Football legend Herschel Walker plays himself as an alumnus of the school

“One Nation Under God” is a Suretone Pictures/Film Incito co-production. Nick Thurlow, Jordan Schur, Jarred Coates and Lisa Arnold are producers.  Christian Briggs, Herschel Walker, David Mitchell and Keith Jensen are executive producers.

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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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Pacific Hope responds to COVID-19 in the Bahamas 

A Letter from our Captain

Pacific Hope crew ready to serve the Abaco Islands during COVID-19 crisis

Dear friends and supporters,

With all of the craziness happening in the world right now, I want to brag on my crew a bit and share some incredible things happening with Pacific Hope in the Bahamas.

Currently, there are no church groups on board. There are no volunteer groups on board. The only people on board are 16 crew members dedicated to serving Pacific Hope and the people of the Bahamas. Captain Danny Lucerne is leading the efforts on the ship, as I am in Turkey working on another project for the ministry.

This weekend I got a call from the Bahamian government. They need help in the Abacos. Most towns in the Abacos still do not have water from September’s hurricane, and now, the elderly must stay indoors. Most of the aid organizations helping with storm recovery have pulled out and the volunteers have gone home due to the Coronavirus.

My crew on Pacific Hope immediately acted on the call to help. They fired-up the ship’s three water makers (turning salt water into potable water), pulled anchor in Freeport, and sailed 20 hours to Coopers Town. They hit the ground running and immediately deployed our three all-terrain vehicles and two trailers to deliver supplies to communities still recovering from the storm.

In the coming days, we will be working with the Bahamian government to start rebuilding village clinics, cleaning up debris, and assisting with health screenings.

I couldn’t be more proud of my crew and their dedication to helping those in need. They are true heroes spreading the love of Christ during this crazy time in the world. All 16 crew members are listed below. Please keep them in your prayers. 


Captain Marvin Wilson
Pacific Hope Global

Danny Lucerne
Alexander Tamaño
Brett Abele
Rebekah Anderson
Grace Bloom
Michael Carson
David Cordova Resendiz
Yusmary Espinoza
Joshua Koch
Zian de Kock
Christine Lucerne
Robert Lucerne
Bonnie Mader
Alex Mott
Abigail Pennington
Benjamin Trimble

Where are we sailing? Check out Coopers Town on the map below:

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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.


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.


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


  • 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!


  • 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.


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.


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:

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.

Captain Marvin


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