One such milestone I believe is the “Activate Tour of New Zealand” where our Youth With A Mission (YWAM) co-founders, Loren and Darlene Cunningham spoke in over 27 locations and engagements for a month, traveling from Whangarei to Invercargill; and might I add it was a huge success.
It was truly an honour to be part of seeing thousands of people reached in our own country of New Zealand and the hope it brought to hundreds was a site to witness.
The Activate Tour also coincides with the 200 year celebration of Samuel Marden’s arrival at Matauri Bay, Whangaroa County in December 20, 1814 where he preached from Luke 2:10 – ‘behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy’, to a great number of Maori people, considered to be the beginning of the great awakening in Maoridom and its Christian History. Part of our mandate is to reach the youth in our cities.
A few days ago a group from Marine Reach shared the vision of the ship at the Aquina’s College Assembly a Catholic School in Tauranga where over 700 students and faculty members attended. After the presentation about 45 students from different levels pledged their support to come and help chip and paint the ship this month of May on their service day.
We are thrilled to see our youth involved and it is just the beginning as we engage four more schools in Tauranga to participate and work on projects on board. Recently, Marine Reach was given an opportunity to make a presentation to the Tauranga City Council concerning the Community Development programs the city is involved in. We are looking to see the city adopt Marine Reach and the Pacific Hope as its Medical and Relief Response expression into the Pacific as we want Tauranga to be known as a ‘City of Selfless Volunteers’.
The work continues on board the Pacific Hope at a steady pace. We are needing more volunteers and resources to complete the projects at hand, but needless to say we continue to serve the people of the south pacific with our land based medical outreaches and our Discipleship Training Students, reaching the most isolated and needy places in our region and elsewhere. (Please see attached report and story).
We are so grateful to you dear for being a huge part in helping us become your hands and feet to reach those who would go without. I am truly thankful for you. God bless you richly!
In His Majesty’s Navy,