It is our goal to initially establish two operating locations for our ship equipped ministry. Strategically Kona first then OC. We are now operating Port YWAM – Kona a 78 room hotel facility since July 1, 2013. This location serves as home port for our vessels. It is ideal given it’s close proximity to Micronesia (our target for outreaches) only 7 days sail southbound to be among the most remote islands on earth.
YWAM Ships exists to reach the isolated and forgotten with God’s love! Ships are the only way to do that in places that have no airports! Being close as we can to the most remote is very strategic – we literally are right on their back door step and only one mile down the road from the largest University of the Nations campus – UofN Kona.
We have developed a “twin” relationship with UofN Kona (Loren and Darlene Cunningham) since our beginning which adds great strength to all we do globally. You can read more about this “TWIN” relationship in Loren’s book Is That Really You God.
We also need to establish something in Orange County (OC) as soon as we can. This location is perfect for many reasons, especially fleet support, operations and training. Everything here in Kona is expensive because you have to import it from the mainland. Orange County is strategic in that it enables the resupplying of vessels on deployment using containers. YWAM Ships around the world often leave port for extended periods of time (9 months +). We are looking for a warehouse combo styled facility that will provide space for accommodations, student training, offices and of course warehousing and fleet support operations.
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