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.”