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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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