One year after the gift of an 8-acre property in the jungle, YWAM Ships Panama has been gifted a vessel for its work among the tribes. A family from Vancouver has graciously donated a Grand Banks motor yacht for use among the Ngobe Indians of Panama. This is such an encouragement after having to make a safety call to remove the former ship, the s/y EL ENCUENTRO, from service.
We have decided to continue the name and will call this new vessel m/v EL ENCUENTRO, which is Spanish for The Encounter. We have renewed resolve to reach those living in isolation with the good news of Jesus and with our medical and dental services among these remote people.
On the western edge of the Caribbean Sea sits the pristine northern coast of Panama. It is remote, untouched by cities, and home to the Ngobe Indians, one of the five indigenous tribes of Panama.
YWAM Ships Panama is part of an expanding maritime movement within Youth With A Mission. The eight-acre island property in these jungle islands, was donated by an American family with the expressed hope of reaching out to the Ngobe Indians with vessels carrying teams along the Coast and up remote rivers where the Ngobe live in stilted huts.
Dubbed Outpost Panama, this uniquely located base has its own dock, capacity for 40 team members, derives its utilities from collected rain water and solar energy, and is a short 20 minute fast boat ride to a nearby island with an airport. These features make it ideal for reaching out to some 50 villages located within a single day sail.
These villagers are remote and have extremely limited access to medical clinics, dentists, pharmacies or mid-midwifery help. Reaching them would take days of four-wheel driving and hiking without the advantage offered by YWAM Ships Panama.
Now one year later, Hugh Wiebe, a businessman who has a passion to alleviate poverty and improve nutrition in third world countries, has given Outpost Panama a Grand Banks boat complete with stabilizers and bow thruster. This vessel is beautiful and well suited for hosting small teams up rivers and the jungle coastlines of the Mosquito Coast. She will be equipped with dental units and carry teams conducting medical clinics, distributing Bibles, showing the Jesus film and helping the Ngobe Indians with water treatment options.
m/v El ENCUENTRO will be touring the West Coast of North America sharing about how you can be involved with Outpost Panama & the Ngobe Indians. Be a part of our West Coast Tour Advance Team May to November 2015- email Julie.McLaughlin@ywamships.net